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.
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) will be hosting a series of listening sessions for self-advocates and families that include a member with an intellectual or developmental disability.
The listening sessions will allow those in attendance to voice their ideas and needs for how to support these individuals. Each listening session will begin at 6:30p.m.
|Sept. 25||Cheyenn-Eagle Butte High School Auditorium||2004 E. St.||Eagle Butte|
|Sept. 26||Campus Center - Pyle Community Room||333 9th. St. SW||Huron|
|Sept. 27||Oyate Community Center||2421 W. 15th St.||Sioux Falls|
|Oct. 4||Winner's Circle||731 Jensen Highway||Hot Springs|
|Oct. 5||Best Western Ramkota Hotel - Rushmore Room||2111 N. LaCrosse St.||Rapid City|
|Oct. 10||Vermillion Public Library||18 Church St.||Vermillion|
|Oct. 11||Wagner Middle School||101 Walnut Ave. SW||Wagner|
|Oct. 16||YMCA||5 S. State St.||Aberdeen|
|Oct. 17||Milbank Community Center||1001 E. 4th Ave.||Milbank|
If you can't attend in person, an online listening session will be held on Oct. 24 from 6:30p.m. - 8p.m. CDT. To join in, please click the following link - http://tinyurl.com/LifeCourse-Listening-Session
You can also join by phone by calling 1-866-410-8397.Conference ID is 3114467886
For more information regarding the listening sessions, please call 605-773-3438 or email Jenny.Krieger@state.sd.us.