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State Division of Developmental Disabilities Accepted into National Initiative





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2016

Contact: Dan Hoblick, Department of Human Services, 605-773-6463

 

State Division of Developmental Disabilities Accepted into National Initiative

 

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is joining a consortium of states in the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families project to strengthen best practices in supporting families that include a member with intellectual or developmental disabilities across the lifespan.

 

State DDD Director Dan Lusk said, “We are fortunate our application has been accepted so we can begin our work with other states across the country.  We look forward to working together with families and our state team to enhance the tools available across the lifespan to support people with disabilities and their families.”

 

DDD is establishing a Community of Practice (CoP) state team which includes family members, self-advocates, stakeholders, staff from within the division and the executive director of the Developmental Disabilities Council. 

 

The state team will complete a work plan to ensure state policies, practices and systems support family networks, provide family-centered case management, expand service available in the home and strengthen the role of families in all models of services.

 

The National Community of Practice for Supporting Families project is operated under a five-year grant awarded in 2012 to the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, with six states participating. 

 

In 2016 the decision was made to expand the CoP to 11 other states including Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.

 

Additional information about the CoP can be found at http://supportstofamilies.org/ , http://dhs.sd.gov/dd/lifespan/, or by contacting DDD at 605-773-5990.

 

 

About DHS

 

The South Dakota Department of Human Services’ mission is to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities, in partnership with its stakeholders, through the programs and services offered by its divisions. Learn more by visiting the department’s website, dhs.sd.gov.