• 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. 

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • Helping States Broaden Supports to Families

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

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SUPPORTING FAMILIES PROJECT

NASDDDS Announcements

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NASDDDS
Directors Forum & Mid-Year Conference

2015 Directors Forum & Mid-Year ConferenceNEW PATHWAYS
June 10-12, 2015
The Westin Denver Downtown
1672 Lawrence Street
Denver, Colorado

Big News....

Welcome New State Director's

Maria Montanaro

Director of the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.

Morna A. Murray 

Commissioner of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services

The National Council on Disability (NCD) Releases Paper Titled "Home and Community-Based Services: Creating Systems for Success at Home, at Work and in the Community" 

This paper, authored by NASDDDS staff, in collaboration with colleagues from the Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University, Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, and the Human Services Research Institute, provides a literature review of research related to the size and nature of settings in which individuals with disabilities receive HCBS and the implications of those settings on individual outcomes.

Read the paper here

New National Core Indicators (NCI) Staff Stability Survey

A new NCI stability of the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce survey is now available.  The survey collects information on wages, turnover, benefits and retention/recruitment strategies.  Learn how to get involved and benchmark data to compare to other states and to the NCI average!

Click here to review a powerpoint on this survey

 

National Core Indicators Expands to Aging and Disabled! 

New National Core Indicators (NCI) Staff Stability Survey

A new NCI stability of the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce survey is now available.  The survey collects information on wages, turnover, benefits and retention/recruitment strategies.  Learn how to get involved and benchmark data to compare to other states and to the NCI average!

Click here to review a powerpoint on this survey

State News

Michigan Showcasing the Value of Hiring Michiganders with Disabilities

 Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein are touring the State telling stories and highlighting businesses that are examples of how companies will benefit from hiring Michiganders with disabilities.  

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Ohio Kicks Off Family Advisory Council

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) kicked off the first meeting of the Family Advisory Council (FAC).  DODD Director John Martin kicked off the meeting and Deputy Director Lori Horvath noted, “Our priority is to make sure we help providers get ready for the new rules and the new service environment.

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Oregon Highlighted by the Access to Integrated Employment Project

The Access to Integrated Employment project (AIE) promotes integrated employment participation for individuals with I/DD.  AIE's promising practice this month highlights Oregon’s Keys to Case Management Initiative:  Ensuring Case Manager Technical Capacity, Investment, and Engagement in Employment First.

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New York Employment First Commission Releases Report and Recommendations

New York's Executive Order created a commission to establish an employment first policy for the state. The employment first commission's report includes recommendations to ensure that individuals with disabilities equally benefit from the improved economy."

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Texas Releases Long-Term Services and Supports Quality Review Report

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) releases Long-Term Services and Supports Quality Review Report focusing on whether persons receiving services and supports through DADS are satisfied using three survey instruments. 

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Vermont Developmental Disabilities Division Releases 2014 Report

The Vermont Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) released its Annual Report for State Fiscal Year 2014 .  The 2014 annual report includes relevant history, information on what is working well, any noted challenges and an explanation of the data collected from DDSD's annual consumer survey.

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Federal News

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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SCOTUS Holds Providers Cannot Sue Over Medicaid Rates

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that developmental disability service providers cannot sue to force state Medicaid programs to raise their reimbursement rates. The high court ruled against a group of Idaho agencies serving people with developmental disabilities, holding that private companies currently lack any right to enforce Medicaid requirements. 

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House and Senate Budget Resolutions Include Medicaid Block Grant Proposals

The House and Senate budget resolutions for FY2016 propose to cut spending on Medicaid, food stamps and, eventually, Medicare, repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and reduce taxes on investment income and corporations. Each proposal envisions making Medicaid at least partially a block grant program.  

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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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CMS Provides NASDDDS with Important HCBS Rule Clarifications

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has responded in writing to a letter from NASDDDS asking for clarification regarding two issues related to the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rule. NASDDDS requested written clarification on two issues:  1) “that when a state determines that a program or facility does not meet the rule, that the decision rests with the state and that only when a state is requesting heightened scrutiny to include a facility in the waiver as meeting the rule, is CMS accepting information from ‘other parties;’” and 2) acknowledgment that “states have the responsibility to establish  standards for HCBS services” and  endorsement of “the use of objective criteria as part of the standards for participation.”

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