• 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

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

Big News...

  • Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act proposed regulations  issued by IRS.  
  • Department of Justice Issues New ADA Primer for State and Local Governments

National Supporting Families Community of Practice Holds Annual Meeting

 The 2015 National Supporting Families Community of Practice Annual Meeting was held May 27-29, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Westin Crown Center.  The meeting included a pre-session on Person-Centered Thinking and the LifeCourse Framework, followed by two days of sharing, reflecting, and collaborating among the state teams, project leadership staff, and national partners.

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State News

California Develops New Employment Memorandum 

The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), and Department of Education (CDE)​, have entered into a new agreement consistent with the State's "Employment First" policy to make employment in an integrated setting, at a competitive wage, for individuals with ID/DD its highest priority.

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Delaware Plans New Family Support Waiver

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Developmental Services (DDS), is planning the  development of a new Family Support Waiver as per House Bill 200.  

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Montana to Close Last Developmental Center

Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 411, to close the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder by 2017.  All persons living in the center will have individual support through the transition into community-based services.  

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Federal Court Requires Baseline Data and Measureable Goals for Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan

A U.S. District Court Judge “declined to adopt” Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan and ordered the State to make revisions by July 10, 2015.  Minnesota is now drafting a significant reframing of the Plan’s goals, focused on activities and reporting that will have the biggest impact on Minnesotans with disabilities. 

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New Jersey's Thomas Papa Gary Smith Scholarship Award Winner!

NASDDDS announced Mr. Thomas Papa, Chief of Staff, New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities as the July 2015 Gary Smith Scholarship Award Recipient.

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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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