NASDDDS Welcomes New Team Member

Stephanie Mote Selected as Senior Policy Analyst

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) is pleased to announce Stephanie Mote will join NASDDDS as a Senior Policy Analyst beginning July 25, 2022.

Stephanie Mote has worked in the field of developmental disabilities and mental health services for more than 15 years, with experience as a provider, service director, waiver manager, and waiver waitlist support person. She most recently served within the Virginia state government supporting HCBS program development along with regulation and policy management. Stephanie is a proud Wahoo from the University of Virginia.

NASDDDS works to support our members in navigating necessary technical waters in a manner that furthers person-centered approaches to supports and services on behalf of and alongside people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As a Senior Policy Analyst, Stephanie will provide technical assistance to states on HCBS and other aspects of the Medicaid program impacting state I/DD systems. She will serve as a key team member on projects in service to our members including service innovations, stakeholder engagement approaches, and equity efforts.

Stephanie will also serve as a key coordinator on behalf of NASDDDS for the Supporting Families Across the Lifespan Community of Practice (CoP) in partnership with the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). Stephanie will assist state systems to build strategies to support people in the context of their families understanding this is often a core component to a trajectory of success. The CoP works with members to build capacity across and within states to create policies, practices, and systems to better assist families that include a member with I/DD across the lifespan.

The CoP was originally funded as a project awarded to NASDDDS by the Administration of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) in 2012. The early-adopting states assisted in developing a framework for systems change to enhance support to all persons with I/DD, including their families and caregivers. The resulting approach, known as the Charting the LifeCourse Framework, consists of a set of guiding principles and components necessary to establish as well as scale-up innovative approaches across a system. Find out more about the CoP on the NASDDDS website at THIS LINK.

“We are thrilled to have Stephanie join the NASDDDS team and look forward to the support she will offer our members due to her experience across many facets of the I/DD field,” said Executive Director, Mary Sowers. “I know all our members, partners, and staff join us in welcoming Stephanie to NASDDDS!”