The National Community of Practice for Supporting Families is Expanding!


The NASDDDS Community of Practice, Supporting Families Across the Lifespan, is entering the final year of federal funding from the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Connecticut, D.C., Oklahoma, Tennessee, Washington and Missouri (as the mentor state), are building capacity through a community of practice across and within these states to create policies, practices and systems to better assist and support families than include a member with I/DD across the lifespan. 

Participating states have changed the front door into the system, improved cultural considerations in supporting families, guided and influenced policymakers and helped shape waivers and other Medicaid authorities to focus on supporting families and individuals throughout the lifespan. NASDDDS, along with the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC IHD) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI), partner to support states, work to impact national policies, develop products and tools, and provide technical assistance.

Other NASDDDS member states have inquired about expanding access into the Community of Practice. The NASDDDS board voted to move forward with this expansion as an optional membership benefit for other states and to provide project sustainability for this successful initiative.

If your state is interested in participating in the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families by signing up as a state team, please submit an Intent to Respond Application (submitted jointly by the state I/DD agency and the state Council on Developmental Disabilities) by February 1, 2016 . A formal Request for Proposal may be issued if more than 10 states respond. The Community of Practice will begin July 2016.  The Intent to Respond Application can be found here.

Rachel is the Media & Design Specialist on the Family to Family team at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD. She completed her Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management at UMKC. She is proud to say she is a second generation AmeriCorps member! Her passion is where social justice and technology meet. Her specialty is making projects, programs, and organizations look good.

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