Hills and Dales Preschool has recently been teaching a Pet themed unit and has had several pets as visitors. The local K9 Good Citizen group brought their dogs to visit and play. The K9’s are AKC Certified Good Citizens. Having the dogs in our classes is a great therapy tool! Petland also brought several small pets like a chinchilla, bunny, and hamsters to name a few. Interaction with a gentle, friendly pet has significant benefits for physical and mental health. The animals provided opportunities for our special needs students that sometimes don’t communicate often, an exciting encounter that promoted lots of communication! Petting and feeding these animals also provides our students with gross or fine motor issues, the opportunity and motivation to move more, stretch farther, and keep moving longer. Overall the animals lifted spirits, decreased anxiety, increased self-confidence, reduced self-consciousness and made everyone smile. We look forward to their next visit!
Total Integration is Our Goal
Highland County Board of DD of Hillsboro, OH aims to find the right support systems and therapies that enable those with developmental challenges the opportunity to obtain all they need and want in life. Our services enable them to fully engage in all spheres of community life!
Helping at All Stages of Life
We are entrusted with providing adaptation, integration, and therapy services for members of the developmentally disabled community and their families. It is our goal to ensure the best possible outcomes, by enabling families to provide their loved ones with quality therapy from first diagnosis to adulthood.
Integration and independence are both goals and mantras, driving us to find effective ways to support those in need of assistance while enabling them to live full and productive lives surrounded by friends and loved ones.
As the County Board of Developmental Disabilities, we take it upon ourselves to continuously seek out a bright future for all!
Major Unusual Incident (MUI)
A major unusual incident (MUI) is defined as the alleged, suspected, or actual occurrence of an incident when there is reason to believe the incident has occurred. There are three categories of major unusual incidents that correspond to three administrative investigation procedures delineated inappendix A, appendix B and appendix C to the rule. There are nineteen (19) types of incidents defined in the MUI rule: Ohio Revised Code 5123:17-02 that are considered MUIs. All the incidents require that immediate action is taken to protect individuals from further harm, that an investigation is conducted to determine the cause of the incident and contributing factors, and that a prevention plan
is developed to reduce the likelihood of further occurrences.
MUIs are reported to the Board, which then reports the information to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Employees of the Board, along with providers are responsible for taking immediate action to insure the health and safety of an individual in response to the occurrence of an MUI. The Board employs an Investigative Agent who investigates all reported MUIs. A prevention plan will be implemented to reduce the likelihood of further incidents.
To report an MUI during normal business hours, call 937-393-4237.
To report an MUI after normal business hours or on holidays, call 937-403-8256.
The Ohio Department of DD also has a hotline number: 866-313-6733 which may be used if there are concerns or difficulties in reporting to the Board.
For more information on MUIs, visit Dodd.ohio.gov and click on the health and welfare section.