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DDS

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Donaghey Plaza North
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N501
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) has adopted the service delivery philosophy of "Service Options". Service Options are designed so that individuals and their families will have choices in selecting appropriate services in their local community. This philosophy will allow each individual to maximize his or her abilities while enjoying a quality of life commensurate with those abilities. It will also prevent an individual from being forced to access more expensive and intrusive services.

DDS provides programs and services through DDS DIRECTOR'S OFFICE, DDS COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES SECTION, DDS PROGRAM MANAGEMENT SECTION, and FISCAL OPERATIONS SECTION.

DDS COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES SECTION provides a variety of services, including day programming, respite care, family support, follow-along, case management, integrated supports, and community integration companions. Service providers must meet specified standards and criteria through either DDS licensure or certification. Community Support Services include Field Services, First Connections, Early Childhood, Therapeutic Services, and Integrated Services that provide wraparound support to persons with dual diagnoses (developmental disabilities and mental illness).

DDS PROGRAM MANAGEMENT SECTION performs management of the ACS Home and Community Based Waiver, Foster Grandparents, policy development, planning, and the expansion of new and existing services.

FISCAL OPERATIONS SECTION oversees the DDS budgeting, licensure, grants administration, technical support, Medicaid Income Eligibility, staff development, human resources and facilities management activities.

DDS also provides an extensive range of services to individuals in community settings. These services are provided through private, not-for-profit programs whose service areas include all 75 counties of the state. There are 92 DDS Licensed Providers and 78 Early Intervention Voucher Providers. Additionally, DDS offers wrap-around services, which include Medicaid waiver, individual/family supports and adaptive equipment.

To accomplish its mission, DDS, Board of directors, and its providers are committed to the principle and practices of normalization; least restrictive alternatives; affirmation of individuals' constitutional rights; provision of quality services; the interdisciplinary service delivery model; and the positive management of challenging behaviors.

 

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