Department of Developmental Services (DDS) managers may attend elective professional development programs on a variety of public policy and leadership topics. Some programs are offered directly through the State of Connecticut or DDS at no cost to the employee. Other programs are offered through the colleges and universities, or nationally recognized professional development organizations for a fee. Managers may request reimbursement for their participation in professional development programs by contacting their supervisor. Travel authorizations are required to attend, and receive reimbursement for, professional development programs.