Department of Developmental Services
Assist students, families, school systems, adult service agencies and DDS case managers in planning a student’s transition from school to adult life.
Collaborate with the following state agencies to insure that all transition options are explored and presented to students, families and school systems for consideration:
Department of Social Service (DSS), Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), Board of Educational Services for the Blind (BESB), State Department of Education (SDE), Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).
Collaborate with providers of adult services to insure that students, families and school systems become knowledgeable of the various employment and day service supports available.
Participate in informational sessions.
Assist in the DDS planning process for graduating students.
For those children who remained with the Department from the birth-to-three system, it is necessary for them to reapply after the age of 7 years old. Typically it is at this time when IQ testing is administered. DDS must receive test results by the time a child is age 8 years old to continue services.
» Requirements for eligibility for DDS employment/day services funding:
DDS has two HCBS Waivers:
- The Individual and Family Support Waiver provides in-home, day, employment and family support services for people who live in their own or family home.
- The Comprehensive Waiver is for services delivered in residential licensed settings and employment/day services and in-home services for individuals who need a more intensive level of support to remain in their own or family home.
- The DDS case manager is the primary contact in accessing any services from the Department.
- The Department begins planning for upcoming graduates, who have been determined to be eligible for services by DDS, two to three years prior to graduation at the age of 21.
- DDS services are non-mandated supports and therefore are based on availability of resources and funding.
- For any student who graduates from his/her school system prior to the age of 21, all efforts will be made to provide employment or day services funding as available.
- Invite the DDS case manager and/or transition coordinator to Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings and transition meetings.
- Provide on-going information regarding the strengths, preferences, interests, and needs of the student.
- Provide information and assistance to students and families regarding DDS services.
- Partner with DDS personnel to provide information to students and families regarding DDS approved provider agencies.
- Participate in scheduling visits to provider agencies during the transition process.
- Collaborate with DDS personnel in all aspects of transition planning.
2. Kathleen Winn (860-263-2682) E-mail: email@example.com
1. Barbara Poplawski (Wallingford office, 203-294-5127) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Cindy Stevenson (Stratford office, 203-455-3163) E-mail: email@example.com
2. Mary Crane (Cheshire Office, 203-806-8745) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Jennifer Abbott (Torrington office, 860-496-3059) E-mail: jennifer.Abbott@ct.gov
4. Holly Patrick (Danbury, 203-448-3517) E-mail: email@example.com
*Please visit the Department of Developmental Services website at