The CDDO (Community Developmental Disability Organization) of Butler County held its first holiday dinner for volunteers and clients Thursday evening.
The evening began with a performance by the Flinthills Rock and Rollers before the group enjoyed the catered dinner.
The Rock and Rollers is a group started by Beverly McWilliams a few months ago. They get together a couple of times a month to sing and dance. Beginning with eight members they are now up to 31 members.
“The (Flinthills) executive director just mentioned she had seen a singing group at another facility,” McWilliams said.
That gave her the idea to start one here. They began singing ’50s music.
“They love the singing, and they love the movement,” she said. “They enjoy this so much. Everyone tends to love music.”
Since Thanksgiving, the group has done seven performances.
McWilliams said it helps break down barriers when they perform in public.
During the evening, information was also available on the CDDO and other organizations in the area.
The CDDO, which was established as part of the DD Reform Act, contracts with the state to ensure services for individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities are available locally.
The CDDO acts as the single point of entry for application and information for persons served and their families. People can contact the CDDO to schedule an intake appointment by calling 322-8777.
The CDDO will then determine eligibility for services, supports and funding through information from the I/DD application, medical examination/ physical from doctor, psychological evaluation, developmental checklist, copy of Social Security card, copy of government issued ID (if applicable), copy of medical/insurance card, copy of birth certificate, copy of guardianship paperwork (if applicable) and copy of most recent individualized education plan (IEP).
The CDDO will review the requests for services and funding, as well as manage local, state and federal funding.
They also provide quality assurance for individuals receiving services and supports and advocate for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities.
All applicants are notified by mail of the determination of eligibility for services, which usually takes five business days. If an applicant is determined eligible, a second appointment with the CDDO of Butler County will be set up to complete the BASIS Assessment, something that must be done within 10 days. Their services offered include: for ages birth to 4 years – targeted case management and annual family support funding; ages 5 to 17 – targeted case management, annual family support funding, supportive home care, sleep cycle support, wellness monitoring, medical alert rental, assistive equipment or services and overnight respite; and ages 18 and up – targeted case management, supportive home care, sleep cycle support, day supports, residential supports, wellness monitoring, medical alert rental, assistive equipment or services, overnight respite and supported employment.
Page 2 of 2 - For more information, contact the CDDO at 322-8777. They are located at 226 S. Main.