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About Aldridge Palay

Supervising and Directing

We began our careers three decades ago, serving people with mental health needs and developmental disabilities. During that time, we individually:

  • Worked at and supervised non-profit agencies

  • Opened a private practice

  • Taught master’s level classes at OSU

  • Managed a Coordinating Center of Excellence for MH I/DD dual diagnoses for Ohio

  • Ran a regional office for a national provider of I/DD and behavioral health services

  • Directed policy for the state of Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Into the Community

Next, we joined forces to create a think tank for social and disability policy. Our think tank (Center for Systems Change, at OCALI) consulted with Kentucky and Texas state and regional entities. We designed community development projects to better serve young children with autism, including a community assessment and planning toolkit. We also facilitated a statewide assessment and planning initiative across all of Kentucky. At the Center for Systems Change, we wrote policy briefs in conjunction with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio on healthcare and disabilities. We also produced weekly policy and issue analysis, covering things like the UN Charter of the Rights of People with Disabilities, the World Health Organization’s report of health and disabilities, the Paralympic Games, gun violence as a contributing factor to disabilities, and bullying and autism. We coordinated research into integrated medical treatment for children with autism in conjunction with a Columbus pediatric practice and Harvard Medical School.

Shaping Policy

Disability policy does not exist in a vacuum. We helped policy makers think about where things are going, not just where they are now. We worked with the Ohio Bar Association and Ohio legislators to help create language for B-Corporation language for Ohio statute, and examined the potential impact of emerging technology.


We believe that poverty, isolation, mental illness, emotional trauma and the lack of meaningful paid employment are some of the greatest challenges facing individuals with disabilities today. We believe that disability policy needs to line up better with emerging research in these areas-and that researchers need to understand how to speak the language of policymakers to see their work implemented. We believe that understanding the policy climate, emerging research and good clinical practices like trauma-responsive care can help any provider serve their community better. And we can help.


Aldridge Palay understands how governments, universities, providers and communities can work together and benefit one other. We know the regulatory environment and the policy challenges facing providers. We have worked with Medicaid, home- and community-based waivers. We grasp the complexity of housing shortages and we know how they can affect people with disabilities and their providers. We also understand staff retention and training issues, and we know the obstacles in supporting hard-to-serve populations.

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Our clients and partners include:


  • Erie County Family and Children First Council

  • StarkMHAR

  • Clearwater Council of Governments

  • The Delaware County Board of DD

  • The Department of Behavioral Health, Washington, D.C.

  • The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

  • The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

  • The Franklin County Board of DD

  • The Ross County Board of DD

  • Fayette County Board of DD

  • Pickaway County Board of DD

  • The Muskingum County Board of DD

  • The Ohio Center on Autism and Low Incidence

  • The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

  • The Kentucky Commission on Children with Medical Handicaps

  • The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

  • The Ohio State University College of Social Work

  • The Ohio State College of Medicine

  • University of Nebraska, University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

  • The University of Louisville

For-Profit and Non-Profit Providers

  • I Am Boundless, Inc.

  • LifeCare Alliance: IMPACT:Ability

  • John F Murphy Homes, Auburn, ME

  • Columbus Early Learning Centers, Columbus, OH

  • Phoenix Residence, Inc., Saint Paul, MN

  • Wise Behavioral Services, LLC, Stow, OH

  • NECCO, Ohio, Inc.

  • St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D.C.

  • Buckeye Community Services, Inc.

  • The Rose Mary Center, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Champaign Residential Services, Inc.

  • St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Westerville, Ohio

  • The Center for Wholeness, Columbus, OH

  • Huckleberry House, Inc., Columbus, OH

  • Child Focus, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

  • Regional Support Associates, Ontario, CAN

  • WGH Ontario, CAN

  • Community Living of Essex County, Ontario, CAN

  • APS Healthcare, Inc.

  • Community Properties of Ohio, Columbus, OH

  • ADEC, Inc., Bristol, IN

  • Empowering Integrated Care Solutions, Beachwood, OH

  • ViaQuest, Inc, Columbus, OH

Professional Associations:
  • The Ohio Provider Resource Association

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Ohio

  • Professionals, Advocates, Resources (PAR), Ohio

  • National Association of Dual Diagnosis (NADD)

  • American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

  • American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)

  • The Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities

  • The Hospice Foundation of America

  • The Ohio Alliance of Direct Service Professionals

  • Ohio Children's Alliance (OCA)

  • Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio

  • Ohio Health Care Association