About the Division

Mission Statement: The Division of Developmental Disabilities assures the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities and exercise their right to make choices.

Through partnerships with individuals, families and service providers, we continually strike a balance between our core goals of ensuring health and safety while supporting and respecting the rights of individuals to make their own choices.

In the community, individuals have access to a wide array of services through a network of over 500 providers, along with service planning by independent Support Coordinators.  Available services include assistive technology, behavioral supports, day programming, a variety of employment options, various therapies, transportation, and the option to self-direct both employees and support services, including classes in the community.

Individuals access these services through one of two Medicaid waiver programs. The Community Care Program (CCP) was originally approved by CMS in 1985 to provide a community-based alternative to institutional care.  Over 11,000 individuals now use the CCP to live in licensed group homes or received comprehensive in-home supports. In 2016, the Supports Program (SP) launched in order to expand access to critical in-home and family supports to about another 11,000 individuals.  

Additionally, the Division operates five Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs), known as developmental centers, with a compassionate, dedicated and skilled workforce of about 4,000 employees. These ICFs provide 24/7 care to about 1,200 individuals, many of whom require specialized supports for complex medical and behavioral needs. 

As the Division gradually approaches its 150th year, we remain committed to improving access to services, the quality of care delivered by our providers, and the clarity with which we communicate to the individuals and families we serve.