Connecticut Department of Developmental Services Article

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Connecticut Department of Developmental Services
Agency overview
Formed1975
Jurisdiction Government of Connecticut
Headquarters460 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT 06106
Minister responsible
  • Terrence Macy [1]
Website http://www.ct.gov/dds/site/default.asp

The Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is a state agency of Connecticut providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Its headquarters are in Hartford. [2] According to its official Twitter description, "CT DDS serves more than 20,000 individuals [with] intellectual disability and their families, including 4,000 infants and toddlers in the Birth to Three System." [3]

In 2012, $30 million was cut from the DDS budget, and only $5 million was added back in 2014. [4]

History

The Department's roots are in the "Office of Mental Retardation," established in 1959 as part of the Department of Health. [5] In 1975 it was established as the "Department of Mental Retardation" (DMR) in order to "administer the Training Schools, all other regional centers, and state operated community and residential facilities for the diagnosis, care and training of mentally challenged individuals." [6] The Department changed its name to DDS in 2007. [7]

Commissioners

Morna A. Murray (2015-Present)

  • Terrence Macy (2011–2015)
  • Peter H. O'Meara (1996–2011)
  • Linda Goldfarb (Acting)(1995)
  • Toni Richardson (1990-1994)
  • Brian R. Lensink (1985-1989)
  • Gareth D. Thorne (1975-1984) [8]

References

  1. ^ Malloy Names Terrence Macy, Ph.D. Of Madison As New Commissioner Of Developmental Services - Former DMR, Courant.com
  2. ^ " DDS Home Page." Connecticut Department of Developmental Services. Retrieved on July 29, 2014.
  3. ^ " DDS Twitter." Connecticut Department of Developmental Services Twitter. Retrieved on July 29, 2014.
  4. ^ " Fairfield County Parents Rally For More State Support For Disabled Adults." Fairfield Daily Voice, July 28, 2014. Retrieved on July 29, 2014.
  5. ^ DDS History, Official DDS Site. Retrieved on July 30, 2014.
  6. ^ " Department of Developmental Services Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine.." Connecticut State Library. Retrieved on July 30, 2014.
  7. ^ " Department of Developmental Services Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine.." Connecticut State Library. Retrieved on July 30, 2014.
  8. ^ Connecticut State Library DDS Entry Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine.

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