Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Service Providers Needed

 Are you an agency or independent Provider?

If so, the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities
would like to make you aware that we have several individuals
requesting your services.

To view a complete list of individuals requesting services, please visit the Board's provider request page or click here.  To learn more about a specific individual and their specific needs, please contact the individual's SSA and reference their Consumer ID.

Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities
500 Elm Street
London, Ohio  431403
Phone: (740) 852-7050
Fax: (740) 852-7050 

Virtual Parent Workshops


Madison County Prevention (MCP) is offering virtual Parent Workshops on Tuesday evenings.  These trainings are available to parents, guardians, caretakers and system workers.  Registration is required.  Please follow each individual, unique link to register for sessions of interest. 

Specific dates, times and descriptions can be found below.

 April 13th 6:00 – 8:00:  Why Prevention?  What is Addiction? provides education on how to prevent substance use, how addiction can hijack the brain, and what we can do to get better when it does.

April 20th 6:00 – 8:00:  Communication Strategies for Parents & Caregivers of Teens focuses on identifying common communication barriers, demonstrating how to open lines of communication and utilizing tools for good communication. Provided by Nationwide Children’s.

April 27th 6:00 – 7:00:  Stanford VAPE increase knowledge about basic facts of e-cigarettes and the harm they cause.

May 4th 6:00 – 7:00:  Alcohol Literacy Challenge (ALC) provides parents/guardians information on key points on both the real, physical effects of consuming alcohol, and the placebo-caused social & emotional effects people associate with drinking. It uses media literacy techniques to demonstrate how alcohol marketing can produce strongly held positive beliefs about drinking and how young people are impacted by marketing tactics. Changed alcohol expectancies are a key factor in predicting long-term alcohol usage patterns.

May 11th 6:00 – 8:00:  Parent Stressors & Coping Techniques is a fun, interactive, and creative workshop to help parents identify stressors and develop coping skills when feeling stressed. Provided by Nationwide Children’s.

May 18th 6:00 – 7:00:  Generation RX focuses on educating adults about four “key messages” for safe medication practices, all in an effort to prevent prescription drug misuse.  This misuse leads to serious legal, social, and health consequences, with drug overdoses now representing the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.

May 25th 6:00 – 8:00:  PAX Tools teaches strategies to improve the cooperation and performance of young people at home or in the community.

June 8th 6:00 – 7:00:  QPR Gatekeeper teaches participants how to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal, how to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide, common causes of suicidal behavior, warning signs of suicide and how to get help for someone in crisis.

June 15th 6:00 – 8:00:  Teens and Technology is a workshop that equips caregivers with the knowledge and tools to teach teens how to be safe when engaging in social media.  Provided by Nationwide Children’s.

  June 22nd 6:00 – 8:00:  Trauma 101 provides a basic understanding of the impact of psychological trauma helps in a broad array of interventions and treatment.  This training provides a foundational overview and awareness of trauma, resilience, and trauma-informed care for anyone in the community who interacts with individuals and families.

June 29th 6:00 – 8:00:  How to Talk to Your Teen About Anything…Including Alcohol and Other Drugs was developed as a part of the DEA360 strategy to help communities more effectively respond to the opioid crisis.

July 6th 6:00 – 7:00:  Yoga and Mindfulness Basics will teach you the basics of Yoga and Mindfulness.  Yoga and Mindfulness can make you stronger, more flexible, focused and alert.



When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated


When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

How to Protect Yourself and Others

Source: CDC
Download: CDC Choosing Safer Activities chart.
Choosing Safer Activities
Friends and family grilling outside
  • If you are fully vaccinated you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
  • When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity.
  • Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk.
  • If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine.


Safer Activities

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions—like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces—in indoor public places until we know more.

These recommendations can help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated. They are not intended for healthcare settings.

Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ±

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.

What You Can Start to Do

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks or staying 6 feet apart, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • You can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
    • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
    • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

What You Should Keep Doing

For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You should still protect yourself and others in many situations by wearing a mask that fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn’t have gaps. Take this precaution whenever you are:
    • In indoor public settings
    • Gathering indoors with unvaccinated people (including children) from more than one other household
    • Visiting indoors with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk
  • You should still avoid indoor large gatherings.
  • If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested within 3 days of their flight (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
  • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
  • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.
illustrations of prevention steps after vaccination

What We Know

  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
  • Other prevention steps help stop the spread of COVID-19, and that these steps are still important, even as vaccines are being distributed.

What We’re Still Learning

  • How effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
  • How well the vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications.
  • How well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease.
    • Early data show that the vaccines may help keep people from spreading COVID-19, but we are learning more as more people get vaccinated.
  • How long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.
  • How well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease.

As we know more, CDC will continue to update our recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Until we know more about those questions, everyone—even people who’ve had their vaccines—should continue taking steps to protect themselves and others when recommended.

Want to learn more about these recommendations? Read our expanded Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine


Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Once you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing more

  • After you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you may be able to start doing some things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic. For example, you can gather indoors without masks with other people who are fully vaccinated.
  • We are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. Until we know more about how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19, people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often.
  • People are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after a single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. You should keep using all the tools available to protect yourself and others until you are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection

  • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
  • Clinical trials for all vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, including COVID-19 vaccines. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine before it is used under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video explaining an EUA.
  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some protection, known as natural immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the months after initial infection, but may increase with time. The risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
  • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic

  • Wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart from others help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are
  • A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to be infected without showing symptoms (called an asymptomatic infection) and potentially less likely to spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. However, further investigation is ongoing.
  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, CDC will continue to update its recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective

We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated now that COVID-19 vaccines are available in the United States. While more COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Safety is a top priority, and there are many reasons to get vaccinated.

None of the COVID-19 vaccines can make you sick with COVID-19

None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. Learn more Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Still need your COVID vaccine???


Still need your COVID vaccine??? 


  -  3:30pm to 6:30pm 
at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center.
  -  Anyone age 16 and older 
who has not yet received vaccine or those who need a second dose.
  -  Both PFIZER and MODERNA vaccines will be used at the clinic.
  -  First and second doses (if you are due for your second dose).
  -  Pre-register at

  -  10am to 3pm***
 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center.
  -  Anyone age 16 and older 
who has not yet received vaccine or those who need a second dose.
  -  Both PFIZER and MODERNA vaccines will be used at the clinic.
  -  First and second doses (if you are due for your second dose).
  -  Pre-register at


People seeking either a first or second dose should pre-register at or by clicking or tapping here.  People who need a second dose should select "second doseduring the registration process.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Madison County Board of DD Appreciation Awards

Madison County Board of DD Appreciation Award Winners!

Dorothy Allison Lifetime Achievement

State Senator Bob Hackett

State Senator Bob Hackett

Check out all the winners on our website

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Autism Awareness Volleyball Game


EXTRA!!      EXTRA!!

Madison County Special Olympics

Autism Awareness Volleyball Game


Unified Tigers 




WHEN: Thursday, April 29, 2021


WHERE: London High School @ 6:00pm


Come cheer the Tigers on to victory!!!


Monday, April 12, 2021

Community Drive Thru Event


Madison County Healthy Child and Family Consortium
Invites you to join us for

*******DRIVE THRU EVENT*******


Come drive thru on Saturday May 1st from 10-12 for

local community resources information, raffle items and fun giveaways!

Madison County Department of Job and Family Services- rear parking lot

200 Midway St.  London, Ohio 43140

Call 740-852-7189 for any questions

      • Madison County Early Childhood Programs
      • Madison County DJFS
      • Rocking Horse Community Health Center
      • Caresource
      • London Public Library
      • Madison County Board of DD
      • Head Start
      • Chrysalis Health Ohio
      • Action for Children
      • Madison County Public Health/WIC
      • Presbyterian Childcare Center
      • Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene & Madison Counties

   And MORE!

Blood Drive




The Madison County Board of DD, Fairhaven School and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.  Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Fairhaven School
Address: 510 Elm Street, London, OH, 43140
Room Name: Gym
Date: Fri Apr 30, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Blood Program Leader Name: Susan Thompson
Blood Program Leader Phone Number: 7408527050 
Click here to make an appointment

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App StoreGoogle Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, view your blood type and results of your mini-physical, and track your donations.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Family ECHO series for 2021


We are excited to announce our Family ECHO series for 2021!!


Family ECHO uses ZOOM technology to connect you with a team of interdisciplinary experts for presentation and discussion on topics related to improving and managing behaviors, family supports, executive function, self-care, and healthcare for children and youth with developmental disabilities including autism.  Family ECHO follows the ECHO model offering an “all teach, all learn” environment and provides resources and session recordings for participants.


Who can participate in Family ECHO:

  • Parents, family members and caregivers of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. 
  • Parent / professionals working in the disability field
  • Healthcare professionals working directly with families

April / May Schedule following:







April 12th


4:30 pm

BEHAVIOR: Managing children with developmental disabilities who are frequently grouchy, cranky, and irritable



April 29th


4:oo pm

BEHAVIOR:  Self-Monitoring – Increasing independence and decreasing the need for adult supervision



May 11th



FAMILY SUPPORT: Fostering the Unique Role of Siblings in the Family


May 25th



FAMILY SUPPORT: Summer Ideas and Resources



Link to register:


Participants will:   

  • Earn certificates of attendance through this interactive, case-based learning series
  • Learn with interdisciplinary providers
  • Participate in a 60-minute session using a virtual platform
  • Review case vignette presentations and participate in interactive discussion and recommendations.

Sensory-Friendly Family Photo Sessions