• Driving Innovation in Public 
    Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    The NASDDDS mission is to assist member state agencies in building person-centered systems of services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 


  • Helping States Improve Quality

    National Core Indicators (NCI) facilitates the sharing of information with the public to strengthen policy, improve quality, and compare performance with national norms. 


  • Helping States Increase Employment

    When people work in their communities and earn good wages, opportunities multiply. Jobs provide people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to earn an income, build a nest egg, make friends, and increase self-confidence.


  • Helping States Broaden Supports to Families

    Stronger supports for families leads to better lives for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 


NASDDDS Announcements

Save the Date...

Directors Forum & Mid-Year Conference

June 10-12, 2015
The Westin Denver Downtown
1672 Lawrence Street
Denver, Colorado

Big News....

US District Court for the District of Columbia this week issues order vacating the narrowed companionship definition issues.

Judge Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia this week issued an order vacating the narrowed companionship definition in the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Home Care Rule.  This, combined, with his previous order on the third party employer provision of the rule, means that almost the entire home care rule has now been vacated. 

Joint Statement by NASDDDS and Disability and Aging Groups Regarding Continuity of Services During Implementation of the HCBS Rule 

NASDDDS joined with several other national disability and aging groups to issue a statement reassuring the public that CMS guidance makes clear that funding for settings that do not currently meet the rule's requirements can continue during states' transition period of up to five years. 

CMS Releases Final Elements of the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) toolkit

This toolkit assists states in complying with the home and community-based non-residential settings regulation requirements.  The two elements include:  "Exploratory questions to Assist States in Assessment of Non-residential Services and Questions and answers regarding home and community-based settings.


Now Available...

2014 Annual Conference Presentations

2014 Directors Forum & Annual ConferencePresentations from the November NASDDDS 2014 Annual Conference are now available (click on the PRESENTATIONS tab).

The Book...

NASDDDS: 50 Years of History
Future Directions in State Policy:
The Path Ahead

by Robert M. Gettings with book chapter by Nancy Thaler, November 2014
This book, published on NASDDDS’ 50th anniversary, provides the history of the association,  its role in influencing legislative and administrative outcomes on behalf of people with I/DD and their families, key projects and collaborations, and directions for the future. (1.5 MB PDF)
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The Video...

NASDDDS: 50 Years of History

50th Anniversary of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services. Historical video highlights watershed events in history of the developmental disabilities movement.  Written and narrated by Robert Gettings.

State News

Wisconsin’s Access to Integrated Employment Project

The Institute for Community Inclusion implements the Access to Integrated Employment (AIE) Project. Highlighted here is the work being done in the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin has implemented a series of Community Conversations, that included young adults, family members, school personnel, service providers, and employers which provided a rich group of diverse opinions.

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Michigan Launches New Website:  Trauma and Toxic Stress on Young Children

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDHC), which includes the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA), launched a  new website designed to provide information about the effects of trauma and toxic stress on young children.  

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Wyoming Providing Health & Support for Family Caregivers

Wyoming Department of Health, which includes the Division of Developmental Disabilities, is providing health and support for family caregivers. According to the new release, The support is for those helping adults with disabilities.  “Family members are often the major providers of long term care,” said Jeanne Scheneman, National Family Caregiver Support Program Manager.

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Federal News

State Medicaid Director Letter on "Free Care" Policy

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a State Medicaid Director (SMD) Letter addressing Medicaid payment for “services covered under a state’s Medicaid plan to an eligible Medicaid beneficiary that are available without charge to the beneficiary (including services that are available without charge to the community at large, or ‘free care’).” 

GAO Reports on DOL Home Care Rule

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has delivered a report to Congress examining the likely impact of the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Home Care Rule.  

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Court Strikes Down Third Party Employer Provision of Home Care Rule

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a partial summary judgment on two pieces of a lawsuit filed by the Home Care Association of America and other plaintiffs related to the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Home Care Rule.

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Update on DOL Home Care Rule

DOJ and HHS issued a joint letter signaling that states who cap direct support professionals’ (DSP’s) hours in response to the new rule may violate their Olmstead obligations if they don’t include an exceptions process. Also, a federal judge will issue a…

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