List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • 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 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.

After Approval - Marketing Yourself

Once you receive your approval, send the approval email to

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. 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