2023 DDS Stakeholder Updates
To all DDS Stakeholders:
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is committed to keeping all stakeholders informed of the work the agency is doing to advance the mission and vision of the agency. And today I want to share with you that with federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), DDS can now create more opportunities for individuals to transition and grow into a more independent residential or day program environment.
The initial goal of the ARPA Transformation Initiative will be to support 300 individuals to transition from group residential and day settings to more individualized community-based supports. At this stage in the initiative, providers are being asked to submit transformation plans. To be approved by DDS, provider plans must include a clear outline of how individuals and families will be included and engaged throughout the transformation process. DDS will also require that every transition meet each individual’s needs and LifeCourse goals. If for some reason a new setting does not work out, there will be safeguards in place to allow individuals to back to the setting they felt more comfortable in.
DDS leadership has been working with committees of stakeholders which include individuals, families, providers, and DDS staff since August to develop a plan that will work for individuals, families, and providers. During the month of January 2023, DDS will be hosting separate stakeholder update sessions.
(4) Virtual 6 pm evening sessions for Individuals & Families
Note: Due to the increase in statewide COVID infection rates, we have canceled the remaining in-person sessions and moved to virtual only sessions.
(2) Virtual 10 am day sessions for DDS Staff
(2) Virtual 10 am day sessions for DDS Qualified Providers
During these January forums and throughout 2023 I look forward to sharing more news and details about this important work we are doing to help individuals and families DDS serves have greater independence, freedom of choice, and more opportunities to be valued members of their communities. Please see below for the meeting registration links.
Question & Answer Regional Forums:
Individuals & Families - January 11, 2023 https://youtu.be/G7l0x2Yb3OA
Individuals & Families - January 25, 2023 https://youtu.be/n3WET_qstbw