Agency begins collaboration call center
The Wood County Job and Family Services has begun operation of a call center, under a new program known as Collabor8. The call center, 1-855-ASK-DJFS (1-855-275-3537), will allow customers to interview for benefits by phone following submission of a completed application.
Calls will be answered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. JFS staff will be available to assist with public assistance changes, case status, and answer general questions about benefits.
Applications may be submitted online, http://odjfsbenefits.ohio.gov/http://ODJFSBenefits.ohio.gov, at the local office located at 1928 East Gypsy Lane Road in Bowling Green or other participating county Departments of Job and Family Services.
Knox County also implemented this new system on Dec. 1, with Hancock, Sandusky, Morrow, Delaware, and Marion counties expected to join January 2012.
Other inquires regarding the Department of Job and Family Services will still be directed to their local office at 419-352-7566.
Rep. hours at Fremont library
State Representative Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont) will hold district office hours on Dec. 9 at the Birchard Public Library in Fremont, 423 Croghan St., from 9-10 a.m.
Rep. Damschroder is holding open office hours at various locations throughout his legislative district. Constituents are invited to come and meet with him to discuss any state issues.
His district includes all of Sandusky County and portions of Seneca and Ottawa Counties.
Residents can reach his office at (614) 466-1374, or email
The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities is looking to fill a board vacancy effective Jan. 1, 2012.
Interested persons should be willing to serve a minimum four-year term, meet monthly at 5 p.m. for board meetings (usually the third Monday of the month), and assume committee assignments as directed by the board president.
Interested applicants must be an immediate family member of an individual eligible for early intervention service or services for preschool or school-age children. Applicants must be a permanent resident of Ottawa County, a citizen of the United States, and interested and knowledgeable in the field of developmental disabilities.
Applicants who have professional training and experience in business management, finance, law, health care practice, personnel administration, or government service are preferred.
Contact Melinda Slusser, superintendent of the Ottawa County Board of DD at 567-262-3104 or 419-898-0400 ext. 3104 for more information.
Letters of interest are due back to the Ottawa County Board of DD, 235 N Toussaint South Rd., Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449, no later than Dec. 14.