Family Support Services

Family Support Services Program is a state funded and county board implemented program which assists the family who lives with an individual who is eligible for services from the local county board of Developmental Disabilities. The goals of the Family Support Services program are to promote family unity, to maximize self-sufficiency and to prevent inappropriate institutionalization by accessing an array of supports that can be tailored to the unique need of the individual in need of services.

Assistance may be provided in the areas of in-home respite, out-of-home respite, home modification or adaptive equipment, incontinence supplies, special diet needs, camp, and adaptive therapies. Families may be required to make co-payments based on a sliding scale.

FSS is available to families who receive services from the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD). For additional information, please visit the North East Ohio Network (NEON) Council of Governments website:

  • Contact Us to Learn More

    • Family Support Services are coordinated in conjunction with NEON (Northeast Ohio Network)
    • Should you have questions or concerns about the FSS program, please feel free to contact us!
    • George Callow
    • 5121 Mahoning Ave. – Suite 103
      Austintown, Ohio 44515
    • Phone: 1-800-237-6828 ext.117
    • Fax: 330-793-8284
    • Email: gcallow@neoncog

The Columbiana County Board of DD Family Support Services Programs allow for the Services Listed:


  • In Home
  • Out of Home
  • Day Care
  • Special Needs Camps

Home Modifications

  • Ramps (permanent)
  • Fence
  • Shower / Bathroom modifications
  • Overhead lifts

Counseling / Training

  • Assessments
  • Therapies
    • Speech / OT / PT
  • Family / Individual Counseling
  • Music Therapy
  • Academic Tutoring not covered by school
  • Tuition / Special Education School
  • Computer Software

Incontinence Supplies (after age 3)

  • Diapers
  • Bed Pads / Mattress Liners / Covers
  • Wipes
  • Briefs
  • Liners for undergarments
  • Hygiene Gloves
  • Swim Diapers
  • Diaper Rash Ointment / Cream

Adaptive Equipment

  • Wheelchair lifts (stair / van)
  • Wheelchairs
  • Ramps (Portable)
  • Adaptive bed
  • TV Monitor
  • Adaptive Car Seats (age 5+)
  • Stroller (age 5+)
  • Bib / Clothing Protector (age 5+)
  • Adaptive Utensils / Plates
  • Weighted Blankets / Vests
  • Therapy Ball
  • Adapted Swing
  • Communication Devices
  • Personal Emergency Response System (may include fire / CO2 detection)


  • Braces (dental / co-specific health / safety issue)
  • Orthotic Braces / Walker / Standers
  • Shoe Inserts
  • Medical Co-Pays
  • Medications
  • Ambulance Fees
  • Air Conditioner / Dehumidifier / Humidifier
  • Generator
  • Dental Services Beyond Routine Cleanings
  • Special Eye Glasses

Special Diets

  • Pediasure / Ensure
  • Regular Formula (after age 1)
  • Specialized Formula

Other Requests

  • YMCA Passes
  • Guardianship Fees

Should you have a request for an item or service not listed, please contact George Callow at NEON by phone 234-254-5874 or email to discuss the special request process.

Annual Taxable Income


$27,258 or less


$27,259 to $37,759


$37,760 to $48,260


$48,261 to $62,261


$62,262 to $79,762


$79,763 and above

100% of cost


The FSS Program can be used for respite, out of home activities, supplies (such as diapers and wipes) as well as adaptive equipment, counseling/training, home modifications, special diet needs, & medical costs.

FSS is available for services in which there is no other available funding source.

All special requests should be addressed to the Columbiana County Board of DD, but sent to George Callow at NEON for consideration prior to receiving services or purchasing of goods.

  • Payments occur quarter to quarter unless pre-approved.
  • Please note that there is no carryover of funds from the previous year to the next year.
  • Usage of the yearly allocation in the beginning of the year requires pre-approval.
  • The FSS program operates on a calendar year.