What is a Service and Support Administrator (SSA)?
What are some of the services they provide?
After an individual is determined eligible all individuals, who are active with SSA services, have their needs evaluated annually. Based on needs found on the assessment, the SSA is responsible to present options for services to the individual and their family which then are used to guide skill development and opportunity growth through each year.
SSA’s assist individuals with accessing supports that are needed in their home. This may include administering the Ohio Assessment for Immediate Need or Current Need and placement on the waiting list for waiver supports. SSA’s are also available to assist individuals with accessing other local resources and supports. The SSA Director manages the allocation of waivers that have been approved for Sandusky County by the Ohio Department of DD. Waivers are assigned to individuals based on the priority criteria developed by the state and availability of waivers and local funding to provide for the matching funds needed to support each waiver.
Created to help people understand their options around waiver services and intermediate care facilities, the Residential Options Counseling Pamphlet provides county boards with information to share with individuals and their families when responding to inquiries about residential services. The Residential Options Counseling Pamphlet also meets the requirement for annual planning for residents of intermediate care facilities, transition planning for residents of licensed residential facilities, and information to be used by county boards for pre-admission counseling. For more information please see the following Ohio Codes : ORC 5124.69, OAC 5123:2-3-03, ORC 5124.68, and ORC 5126.047.
Based on the individual’s needs the SSA will assist with finding available resources to maintain health, safety, and personal well-being while respecting their personal rights. An SSA will assist families to access other community resources to meet the needs of the individual such as Medicaid and Supplemental Social Security Income. The SSA department implements the Level One, SELF, and Individual Options Waivers for individuals who have received these Medicaid funded options. The SSA is solely responsible to administer the Ohio Developmental Profile (ODDP) to all individuals receiving waiver services. It is the responsibility of the SSA to develop services that meet an individual’s health and safety needs within the funding range determined by the ODDP. Other programs that may assist families with the care of an individual may be the family support services program or supported living funds. SSAs are able to assist eligible individuals to access funds to meet their special needs.
Individual Service Plan (ISP)
Assist individuals that have a disability that occurred before their twenty second birthday in determining eligibility for services. The program can only serve individuals with disabilities who have a disability that is expected to continue indefinitely; is not related solely to a mental health diagnosis; and results in the need for services to assist them with substantial functional limitations. The program is available to serve individuals from birth, pre-school, school age, transition students though their adult years as well as senior programming.