27 W. 2nd St., Suite 202, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Mail: P.O. Box 456, Chillicothe, OH 45601

P: 740-775-5030 | F: 740-775-5023
Hours: M-F, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Southern Ohio Council: A Council of Governments

The Southern Ohio Council of Governments was formed in March 1996 and began services in March 1997. The Council was created by Superintendents of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities in southern Ohio. The Council is a government entity created under Chapter 167 of the Ohio Revised Code, representing 15 County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. The Council provides administrative supports for County Boards in Ross, Pike, Scioto, Pickaway, Adams, Brown, Clinton, Highland, Athens, Vinton, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Fayette, and Gallia Counties.

The Council’s primary focus is in the areas of quality assurance, provider compliance, investigative services and residential administration of waivers and supported living. We are located at 27 West Second Street, Suite 202, in Chillicothe, Ohio.

This year we are celebrating 18 years of service to families, individuals with disabilities, providers, and County Board staff. We continue to embrace the Board’s vision and bring the needs and concerns of rural, southern Ohio to statewide stakeholders in an effort to provide individualized, personal supports to people with developmental disabilities.

If you would like to be added to the SOCOG e-mail list to receive notifications for trainings or other events, please e-mail mcryder@socog.org. Indicate if you are a provider, county board employee, or a family member of an individual with a developmental disability so we can add your name to the correct list. Thank you.

Current Job Postings

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Our Mission Statement:

-  Do things together we can't do effectively and efficiently alone.

- Offer members a trusted source of external expertise and feedback.



-  Flexibility for County Boards to participate in their own way.

-  Keep structure "SIMPLE".

-  Modest demands on Board member's time.

The 2018 Remote Supports Grant

This grant was initially offered by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and Ohio State’s Nisonger Center to help expand the use of remote supports in Ohio. Remote supports happen through two-way video chat with professionals at a centralized monitoring facility – this staff also has access to many technologies in the home that can keep a person with developmental disabilities safe and well cared for. In this way, remote supports help enable people to live more independently and relieve our current shortage of direct care workers.

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