Every five years, the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is required by federal law to develop a 5-year strategic plan, outlining goals, objectives and specific activities that will be implemented each year of the plan. With public input and guidance from the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, the state plan is developed in accordance with requirements of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act).
State Plan Requirements
The DD Act, which provides the framework for how goals and objectives are developed, requires that state plans:
- Be developed through data-driven strategic planning.
- Be derived from the unmet needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
- Focus on advocacy, capacity building and systems change.
- Reflect the diversity of the state.
- Address needs of populations who are considered unserved and underserved. According to the DD Act, this includes populations such as individuals from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds, disadvantaged individuals, individuals with limited English proficiency, individuals from underserved geographic areas (rural or urban) and specific groups of individuals within the population of individuals with developmental disabilities.
In addition, the State Plan must include annual activities that:
- Establish or strengthen a program for the direct funding of a state self-advocacy organization led by individuals with developmental disabilities.
- Support opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities who are considered leaders to provide leadership training to individuals with developmental disabilities who may become leaders.
- Support and expand participation of individuals with developmental disabilities in cross-disability and culturally diverse leadership coalitions.
Annual Federal Reporting Requirements
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities must submit a detailed report to the federal government each year that indicates the degree to which the goals and objectives of the State Plan have been met. Summaries of activities initiated and empirical data about how many people benefited from specific activities must also be submitted.
FY 2017–2021 State Plan
Goal 1: Promising Practices
Create and support promising practices that enable people with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities and to have control over their own lives by 9/30/2021.
Goal 2: Create Systems Change
Improve and/or expand community-based systems to better support people with developmental disabilities or families of children with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities by 9/30/2021.
Goal 3: Promote Advocacy Including Self Advocacy
Increase the access that individuals with developmental disabilities and families of individuals with developmental disabilities have to information, training, and support to advocate for themselves and/or to collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community supports.
Ensure there is ongoing support and technical assistance for the Council to identify and engage in issues according to the Council’s priorities and mission.