Our Story

The Preble County Board of Developmental Disabilities has a proud history of providing quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities. The PCBDD supports all eligible individuals by increasing community relationships through collaboration, information, education and participation.

PCBDD traces its beginnings to a grassroots effort by parents who wanted an education for their sons and daughters with developmental disabilities.  For about a century, through 1950, parents of children with developmental disabilities in Ohio had two choices:

1) They could send their child to a large state institution to receive services, giving up daily contact, or;

2) They could raise their child at home doing whatever they thought was right.  Parents in Ohio continued to seek help for their children – for their education and for a better life.  In 1952, the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) was founded.  The Association’s first duties were as advocates, developers, organizers and providers of transportation to children with disabilities.  The ARC continues today in many counties throughout Ohio.

In July 1967, as a result of Senate Bill 169, Ohio established County Boards of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities known as “169 Boards”. These are the forerunner of today’s Board’s of Developmental Disabilities.

Locally, the Preble County Developmental Training Center was established in 1971 by parents of multi-handicapped children who could not be appropriately educated in the existing educational facility. By establishing a training facility within the county, children had the opportunity to benefit from modern training and facilities without being removed from their beneficial influences of their home and community environments.

The Developmental Training Center provided individualized training programs for Preble County children, birth through age 21.  The Center opened in February 1971 with five children in a church basement.

The Preble County 169 Board held its first meeting in January 1973. In June 1978, a levy was passed to support the operations and that would become the first local tax dollars used to support local residents with developmental disabilities. By 1979, the number of individuals receiving services had grown to 41. 

In March 2009, Preble County residents showed their support again for the PCBDD by supporting a 1-mill levy. This passage allowed services to continue for the entire program.

The Early Intervention childhood program provides services to infants and their families. Early intervention services are provided in family-focused home settings emphasizing parent participation. Children in the program range in age from birth to three.  Children are provided opportunities to develop physically, emotionally, socially and mentally to their fullest potential.  The early intervention program works in conjunction with Help Me Grow through the Preble County Health District; as well as the Ohio Department of Health regarding the evaluation and assessment process for infants and toddlers.

The Service and Support Administrations (SSA) Department works to help people with disabilities and their families identify the services and supports they need to live as independently as possible.  SSA staff is available to assist eligible individuals age three and older. For each person served, the SSA staff assesses needs, facilitates development of the support plan for the person, helps individuals select service providers, monitor to make sure needed services are received and provide crisis intervention 24 hours a day.

PCBDD timeline...

1973 - Preble County Adult Workshop incorporated by State of Ohio, enrolling 14 people.

1978 – Educational program charters for school-age and preschool programs given to county boards.

1984-85 – Ohio Association of County Boards of MRDD established.

1986 – Case management becomes mandated county board service with state funding.

1990 – President George Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

1991 – School children served by the PCBMRDD will now be served in public schools.

2001 – PCBMRDD serving over 275 individuals at an average cost of $7,185 per person.

2002 – PCBMRDD forms Community & Support Services Department. This action combines case management and community residential services, adding quality assurance and more.

2003 – PCBMRDD receives two-year accreditation.

2005 – PCBMRDD serving over 287 individuals at an average cost of $9,185 per person.

2005 – People First self-advocacy group forms.

2006 – PCBMRDD receives three-year accreditation from Ohio Department of MRDD.

2007 – Special Olympics return to Preble County for first time in 14 years.

2008 – PCBMRDD celebrates 35 years of service.

2008 – Kylie Person Memorial Garden and Susan Melzer Memorial Walking Path Dedicated.

2008 – PCBMRDD receives three-year accreditation from Ohio Department of MRDD.

2009 – Passage of SB 79 paves way for county boards to drop the term “mental retardation” from their names across Ohio. The new name is Preble County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

2014 – PCBDD celebrates 40 years of service to the Preble County community.

2014 - After more than 40 years under the PCBDD umbrella, L&M Products, Inc. becomes an independent provider. This came about as a result of new guidelines established at the federal level from the Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding conflict-free case management.

2015 – PCBDD provides supports for over 325 individuals.