Become An Independent Provider


Become An Independent Provider

We administer Licking County’s developmental disability system. This includes more than 100+ independent providers and 15+ local agencies who provide direct services to Licking County residents who have developmental disabilities. We use our local levy dollars to provide funding to the Providers in our community. The providers we contract with to provide services/supports for Licking County residents are certified through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

An Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Certified Independent Provider is a self-employed person who provides services/supports for people with developmental disabilities. Independent providers must provide the services themselves and cannot employ, either directly or through contract, anyone else to provide the services.

Getting Started

You must have the following documents accessible to enroll as an independent provider:

  • Verification of age:  All provider applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • State Identification:  Valid driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification
  • Social Security Card
  • Current report from the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII). This report needs to be sent to DODD Office of Provider Certification, 30 E. Broad Street. 13th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215. The reason code for use on your BCII report is 5123.169. BCII checks in Licking County can be completed at various locations including the Newark Police Station. You cannot send a report that you have (or any other entity) has a copy of. Click Here to download a form to request that BCII send a copy of a previous report to DODD. The report must have been completed within the last 10 months, the form must be filled out, an $8.00 check included and form mailed to the address at the top right hand corner of that form.
  • Valid American Red Cross or equivalent certification in First Aid (Online certification does not meet the requirements)
  • Valid American Red Cross or equivalent certification in CPR (Online certification does not meet the requirements)
  • Evidence of 8-hours training**
  • Click Here to download a template created to help Independent Providers prepare to fill out the DODD online application

**Prior to applying to become a provider, you must have evidence that you have completed 8 hours of training on the following topics:

  • Overview of serving individuals with Developmental Disabilities
  • Rights of Persons with a Developmental Disability
  • Incidents affecting Health and Safety (UIR/MUI)
  • Basic Principles and Requirements of Providing Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Services
  • Universal Precautions for Infection Control

These trainings are offered through the following organizations/ websites as a package of eight hours.

Additionally, you will need the following to pursue a certification for Transportation Services which can be used with Homemaker Personal Care, Adult Foster Care, or Adult Family Living services.

  • Valid driver’s license
  • A recent copy of your driving record.

Final Steps

After you have gathered the needed documents and evidence that you have completed the training, you will need to create a “Provider User Account” on the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities website in order to gain access to their Certification Wizard through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities website.

Please refer to the video below for assistance in creating a Provider User Account and using the Certification Wizard.

Working with LCBDD

After completing DODD Certification, contact Teresa Whipkey  to be added to our provider network.

Important Links


 Teresa Whipkey, Provider Support Coordinator

Telephone: 740-349-6588