Becoming a Provider

Thank you for your interest to become a Provider. You must be certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) to provide services to individuals who have developmental disabilities. Becoming certified by DODD allows you to provide services to individuals that have an I.O., Level One, and/or SELF waiver. You must complete training, meet the requirements for certification, pay a non-refundable application fee, and submit documentation verifying you meet the requirements as a part of the DODD online application. You cannot provide services to any individuals until you receive certification. DODD certification is valid throughout the entire state of Ohio.

Before you make the decision to become a Provider, it is important that you understand all of the requirements for certification as well as the expectations and ongoing responsibilities of Providers. DODD has rules that outline the requirements for Providers, as well as the services being provided. Those rules can be found on the DODD website.


DODD provider certification is not the same as being a certified Medicaid Provider. If you are looking to become a Medicaid provider, that information can be found here or visit https://medicaid.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/medicaid/resources-for-providers/managed-care/become-a-provider.

For more information about County Board Provider Support, email skeiser@fultoncountyoh.com.


Becoming an Independent Provider

Independent Providers are self-employed. This means that they do not employ, either directly or through contract, anyone else to provide services.

Before moving forward with the certification process, there are some things that you will need to consider; such as your comfort with using computers and technology as well as with the idea of self-employment. Please read the following document that addresses the items you will need to consider: What to Know Before Becoming an Independent Provider .

When you are ready to move forward with the certification process, you will need to review the following checklists and instructions to complete the process.

After you have gathered all of your documentation and completed all the required training; you are ready to submit your application for certification.

  • Accessing and Using PNM: These instructions show you how to navigate the application process for DODD certification.

Once your application has been submitted and your non-refundable application fee is paid, DODD will review your application.  You will receive email updates as your application moves through the review process.

When you receive your certification, reach out to skeiser@fultoncountyoh.com with your name and contract number so that you can be added to the Provider list and email distribution list. 


Become an Agency Provider

Agency Providers are entities that directly employ at least one person in addition to their Director of Operations (DOO) for the purposes of providing services for which the entity must be certified.

To complete the certification process, Agency Providers will need to prepare and gather information about the DOO of the company and the business itself.  It is important to understand that when you are operating an agency; you must follow all applicable rules and laws for business operation; not only the rules outlined by DODD for service provision.

When you are ready to move forward with the certification process; you will need to review the following checklists and instructions to complete the process.

After you have gathered all of your documentation and completed all the required training; you are ready to submit your application for certification.

Once your application has been submitted and your non-refundable application fee is paid; DODD will review your application. You will receive email updates as your application moves through the review process.

When you receive your certification, reach out to skeiser@fultoncountyoh.com with your name and contract number so that you can be added to the Provider list and email distribution list.