Independent Providers

Independent provider with a person she supports.An Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) Certified Independent Provider is a self-employed direct support professional who provides services/supports for people with A woman spending time with her direct support professional. developmental disabilities.

There are more than 100 independent providers who provide direct services to Licking County residents who have developmental disabilities.

LCBDD uses local levy dollars to provide a portion of the funding to the providers in our community. LCBDD also has a Provider Support team that is dedicated to supporting providers in our county.

Independent providers contract with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) to provide services/supports for Licking County residents. They must provide the services themselves and cannot employ, either directly or through contract, anyone else to provide the services.

How do I become an independent provider?

An independent provider must have:

    • Access to a computer and printer for necessary forms.
    • Their own email which they access regularly.
    • The ability to keep good records and notes on the support that they provide.
    • They must enter billing as well as track/understand reports for the supports that they provide.
    • Annual training, which is required and provided free online from DODD.

If you are interested in becoming an independent provider, please visit our Becoming a DODD Certified Independent Provider page by clicking here.

DODD will notify you by email when your application has been approved. You should then contact the service coordinator to setIndependent provider with a person she supports. up funding for support. After support begins, we will train you on billing and documentation.

To set up a time to complete the first billing, review the provider notebook and to be added to LCBDD’s independent provider network, please contact Teresa Whipkey, Provider Support Coordinator via email at

Who is part of the LCBDD Provider Support Team and how can I contact them?

You can contact our Provider Support Team by calling 740-349-6588 or by clicking on a name below to access email.

Angie Finck Director of Provider and Transition SupportAngie Finck, Director of Provider and Transition Supports– Oversees goods/services contracting for the Licking County Board of DD, Community Capital Assistance Housing and housing initiatives, facilitates projects related to provider support and community collaboration, and fields questions about the Provider Support team. 

David McManus Provider Support CoordinatorDavid McManus, Provider Support Coordinator– Provides technical assistance for agency providers, supports transportation efforts, assists with the Imagine Information System utilization, support for self-advocacy groups, and is the liaison for the Kiwanis Aktion Club of Licking County.


Teresa Whipkey Provider Support CoordinatorTeresa Whipkey, Provider Support Coordinator-Provides technical assistance to independent providers, assists with rental housing availability and assistance programs, facilitates the approval and completion of home modifications, provides initial and annual certification training, and provides DSPaths certification training.

Brandi Body DSP Eligibility Consultant and Provider Support CoordinatorBrandi Body, Provider Support Coordinator/DSP Eligibility Specialist– Coordinates the marketing for open Direct Support Professional (DSP) positions for participating agencies, completes the initial employment screening and high school diploma/GED verification of DSP applicants, facilitates the drug screening and background checks for DSP applicants and coordinates resources/supports to DSPs.


Additional resources:

  • All providers are required to be registered through the CMS National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) with a unique NPI number.  If you think you might already have an NPI number, please use this web site to search for your entry (you can enter your first and last name only to search). When you are ready to apply, there are two helpful documents to step you through this process:
  • Within 60 days after certification is granted, all new providers must take an additional class on billing for services. This class is available on DODD’s training web site. Providers can make an appointment with Teresa Whipkey to complete the first billing cycle (or more) to meet this training need. Instructions are also listed below.
  • Providers who engage in a shared living arrangement with the person they support may find it helpful to have a document explaining the details of their arrangement. This document would help answer questions such as “If that person decided to hire a different provider, what would be the arrangement for room and board?” The below link contains a DODD recommended example agreement which can help ensure needed information is clearly stated.

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