• 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

25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

“A Message from the NASDDDS Interim Director Mary Lee Fay”

 Across the nation we are celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  On July 26, 1990, when President George H. W. Bush signed the ADA into law, he welcomed Americans with disabilities into the mainstream of life. "We embrace you for your abilities and for your disabilities, for our similarities and indeed for our differences, for your past courage and your future dreams," he said.

 Though much has changed in 25 years, the ADA has been our north star to assure that the rights for people with disabilities are upheld. And yet there is so much work to do to continue to assure those rights are available to everyone in their day to day lives.   At NASDDDS we are committed to working with all states as they implement policies and practices that embrace the tenants of the ADA and focus on assuring that all people with disabilities are living fully engaged in their communities.   Think what can be accomplished in the next 25 years!


NASDDDS Issues First Position Statement on the use of Positive Behavior Supports and Rejecting the use of Aversive Interventions!

Press Release

Position Statement

NASDDDS 2015 Directors Forum & Mid-Year Conference...

Robert M. Gettings Compass Awardee
Michael Smull

Michael Smull, pictured above with Laura Nuss, NASDDDS Board President and Nancy Thaler, former NASDDDS Executive Director, is this year's Robert M. Gettings (RMG) Compass Award recipient.

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Welcome New State Director...

Nancy Thaler

Deputy Secretary, Office of Developmental Programs

Welcome New State Director...

Laura Love, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities

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NASDDDS Collects Statewide Transition Plans with Links to State Specific Assessment Tools!!

New Webinar on Rights and Respect!

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State News

Maryland Governor Signs Bills for ABLE Program and Disability Education for Police Officers

Senate Bill 761/House Bill 1105 establishes a task force to develop a plan for implementing a Maryland ABLE program to help people save for disability-related expenses.  

Senate Bill 853, the Saylor Alliance  is named after Ethan Saylor, a young man who died in a movie theatre in the custody of law enforcement.  

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New York Initiates Financial Alignment Initiative with CMS

The New York Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) partnered with CMS to provide better, more coordinated care to individuals with I/DD who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare through a Financial Alignment Initiative (Demonstration).

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Ohio Issues New Guardianship Rules

The Supreme Court issued extensive new guardianship rules in Ohio affecting existing and new guardians that were effective on June 1, 2015.

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Kentucky Launches Kinship Support Hotline

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS)  launched a Kinship Support Hotline to provide continued assistance to kinship relatives.  The goal of the website is to support the many families who have opened their hearts and their homes to relative children.                  

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Federal News

CMS Guidance on Heightened Scrutiny Indicates States can Create Tiered Standards for HCBS Settings

CMS has issued a FAQ regarding heightened scrutiny for settings that are subject to the HCBS rule. The document also indicates states can use their transition plans to create a “tiered standard” for settings within their HCBS programs, and addresses provisions in the rule regarding respite, provider-controlled settings lease agreements, and 1915(b)(3) services. 

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Bill Would Incentivize States to Increase Integrated Work

A bipartisan bill would create a demonstration project to provide bonus payments to states that increase the number of individuals with disabilities they support to work and spend their days in the community.

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CMS Proposes New Medicaid Managed Care Rules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a long-awaited proposal to update its Medicaid managed care regulations, including a significant section on Long Term Supports and Services.

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CMS Revises Waiver Technical Guide

CMS has posted a revision (click the link in the left hand column called 1915(c) Waiver Application and Accompanying Materials) of the “Instructions, Technical Guide and Review Criteria” for the 1915(c) waiver application (click the link in the left hand column called 1915(c) Waiver Application and Accompanying Materials) on the Waiver Management System (WMS) home page, along with updates to Resource Attachments to the guide.  A summary prepared by Truven for CMS is also available.  

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CMS Posts Guidance to Transition Plan Reviewers 

CMS has posted a document titled “HCBS Basic Element Review Tool for Statewide Transition Plans and HCBS Content Review Tool for Statewide Transition Plans" consisting of two tools: one to help reviewers make sure that the state has included the basic required elements of the transition plan in their submission, and another to aid reviewers in assessing the content of the plan.

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