Each State Developmental Disabilities Council is required to submit a five-year plan to the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) outlining the intended use of federal funding allocated for its basic operational grant. Federal law mandates that the plan address some or all of the Areas of Emphasis established by Congress.
The Areas of Emphasis are:
- Early Intervention
- Community Supports
- Quality Assurance
- Child Care
Before the creation of each plan, community outreach is conducted statewide to determine the greatest areas of need. The Goals and Objectives established by the Council to be addressed during the five year period, October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2016, are:
- GOAL I Provide training to promote/encourage informed decision making by individuals with developmental disabilities, leading to increased independence, productivity and full inclusion in their communities.
- GOAL II Ensure Self Advocates have information and skills necessary to participate in advocacy and policy making activities.
- GOAL III In conjunction with individuals with developmental disabilities and community entities, develop and strengthen systems that improve quality services and access to quality services and supports in their local communities.
Each five-year plan is reviewed and updated annually. An Annual Program Performance Report is submitted to AIDD indicating Council activities and progress made toward each identified Goal.