OOD VR Service Rate: Need Ratios in Ohio Counties. Maps and tables in Section V of this report indicate “VR service rate: need” ratios in 2017 for the six major OOD impairment categories for all 88 counties in Ohio. A VR service rate: need ratio represents the number of working age Ohioans with disabilities who receive OOD VR services out of the total number who want to work that could be served. These data indicate that OOD continues to serve individuals with cognitive and psychosocial impairments at a high rate while additional focus could be placed on individuals with communicative, hearing and visual impairments. The highest statewide service rate: need ratio in 2017 was 41.0 percent for cognitive impairments, while the lowest statewide ratio was 13.4 percent for visual impairments.
Number of Counties by Impairment and Service Rate: Need Ratio Range
Counties with Low and High Service Rate: Need Ratios. Nine counties did not have a service rate: need ratio greater than 30 percent for any impairment category: Clermont, Geauga, Holmes, Lake, Montgomery, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Warren, and Wayne. Ten counties have service rate: need ratios greater than 30 percent in at least three categories of impairment: Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Crawford, Henry, Huron, Lawrence, Morgan, Richland, and Sandusky. Erie is the only county with no service rate: need ratio below 10 percent in any impairment category.
Balance Ratios. Section VI includes maps and tables addressing balance ratios of service delivery statewide according to the six categories of impairment. The distribution and balance ratios statewide also suggest that OOD has continued to serve individuals with cognitive and psychosocial impairments at a high rate. However, this occurs in conjunction with significant negative balance ratios for the other four impairment categories, most notably communicative impairments. This reflects OOD’s concentration in recent years in providing services to individuals with cognitive and psychosocial impairments through the Employment First Partnership interagency agreement with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and focused engagement with county behavioral health authorities. Each of these populations has an organized representative presence through established county board agencies across Ohio.