Providing services and resources for adults and children with developmental disabilities
Since the mid-1950’s, the Putnam County Board of Developmental Disabilities, formerly known as Brookhill Center, has provided a full range of services to both children and adults who have developmental disabilities.
The Ohio General Assembly established boards of mental retardation (as they were then known) in all of Ohio’s counties in 1967 as a result of the strong lobbying efforts of parents whose local school districts refused to enroll their children. It was not until 1975 that federal law mandated that children with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education. (The legislature added ‘developmental disabilities’ to the name and responsibilities in the early 1980s, and in 2009 it removed the term ‘mental retardation’ from our name.)
Putnam County Board of Developmental Disabilities is proud to collaborate with a number of community entities to improve cost and more efficiently serve individuals within our community. With these entities we can better stretch our resources and tax dollars while we improve the lives of those we serve.
In 2014, we received the highest accreditation award from the State of Ohio.
Our Board of Directors
A seven member board directs PCBDD’s operation.
- Five members appointed by the Putnam County Commissioners
- Two members appointed by the Judge of the Putnam County Probate Court
- At least three members must be family members of individuals with developmental disabilities
The Putnam County Board of DD is funded primarily from property tax levies approved by Putnam County voters. State and federal funds supplement levies. On an annual basis, the board strategizes to develop a comprehensive Annual Action Plan.