HOW TO BECOME A CERTIFIED Independent PROVIDER
What Is a Provider?
A provider is a person who will assist an individual (or group of individuals) with a developmental disability to live as independently as possible in accordance to their individual service plan (ISP).
What kinds of things would I do as a provider?
Providers perform a variety of tasks to support the individual they serve. These tasks could may include - light housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping, assisting with personal care, assisting and transporting individuals to medical appointments, accessing activities in the community and more.
How to Become a Provider?
When a person becomes an Independent Provider, they get to choose what individual they want to work with and when, based on the individual looking for services.
Independent providers are responsible for completing their own billing and paying taxes, independent providers are self-employed. Independent providers are not employees of the State of Ohio, DODD, and County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. Independent providers cannot employ someone else to provide services on their behalf.
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have a valid social security number
- Have the ability to read, write, and understand English.
- Have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Steps before applying
1. Be sure you have an email account that you check daily for your new business. Your email address is kept on file with Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and any changes to this account needs kept up to date since this is their only means of contact.
2. Obtain a current report from the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCII) through UCBDD free of charge. Contact Lori LaCella at for form to complete and scheduling information. Click for the form, and click for the template for completion.
It can take 30 days or more for your BCI check to reach the DODD, so it is a good idea to take care of this as soon as you can.
3. View the Initial Overview (Orientation for Independent Providers) online training. This orientation for independent providers is required for certification.
4. Complete the Eight hours of Direct Service Provider Training for Initial Certification in accordance with standards established by the Department in:
A. Overview of serving individuals with DD including implementation of ISPs - https://mylearning.dodd.ohio.gov/
B. Role and responsibilities of independent provider with regard to services including person-centered planning, community integration, self-determination, and self-advocacy
C. Universal precautions for infection control
D. Rights of individuals
E. Rule 5123:2-17-02 including Health and Welfare Alerts issued by the Department.
5. Complete Red Cross in-person training in CPR & First Aid, offered at UCBDD for minimal charge. To register: contact Michelle Farley, BSN RN at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-645-6753.
6. Sign up for Health & Welfare alerts and other communications through the DODD.
7. Obtain a Supplier ID by registering for a new account on the State of Ohio website. Click to access the website. You will need a Bank Verification Letter or a Voided Check ready to complete the registration. You will be given a W-9 to sign and date and the 10- digit supplier number will be emailed to you. The supplier number, a copy of the email will need be uploaded into the application.
Adding Transportation Services
If applying for transportation, the following additional documentation will need gathered:
- Driver’s abstract from the BMV. An official copy can be obtained at your local BMV. NOTE: Driver’s abstract cannot be obtained more than 14 days prior to application submission.
- Proof of current driver’s insurance. Declaration page from your current auto insurance policy should be submitted. (Make sure name and coverage dates are shown)
- Physician statement indicating no medical condition (for Non-Medical Transportation), stating you are free of any physical, mental, or medical issues that would put those you drive in danger
- Results of Drug/Alcohol Test (5-7 Panel; Non-Medical Transportation Only) and must list each drug and the result, not just the cover page.
To set up an appointment to begin your application – contact Lori LaCella at email@example.com or (937) 645-6765 to submit your application together.
After Approval- Marketing Yourself
Once you receive your approval, send the approval email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Providers who hold a contract for locally-funded services have the opportunity to advertise on the UCBDD website. This is a free opportunity for you to showcase your skills and the services you provide.
Once you become certified as a provider, you will be connected with clients through a RFP and interview process. Below are the steps taken during that RFP process.
You will receive a provider profile form to complete. This is the form, click here. You will then be added to the UCBDD Provider email list to receive open provider requests (called RFP) and to the website.
Once selected by an individual, prior to providing services, you will need to meet with the service consultant to discuss the independent provider’s responsibilities and requirements set forth in the ISP.
Within 60 days of first providing services, you need to complete training in accordance with standards established by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities in:
- Service documentation
- Billing for services
You can access these trainings through https://mylearning.dodd.ohio.gov/
You Tube - How to become Certified.