In November of 2016, the South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) joined a consortium of states in the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families project to strengthen best practices in supporting families that include a member with intellectual or developmental disabilities across the lifespan.
DDD established a Community of Practice (CoP) state team which includes family members, self-advocate, stakeholders, staff from within the division and the executive director of the Developmental Disabilities Council.
The state team will complete a work plan to ensure state policies, practices and systems support family networks, provide family-centered case management, expand service available in the home and strengthen the role of families in all models of services.
The National Community of Practice for Supporting Families project is operated under a five-year grant awarded in 2012 to the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, with six states participating.
In 2016 the decision was made to expand the CoP to 11 other states including Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.