Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

DDPC Council Membership
NYSDDPC Funding Announcements
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DDPC announces the availability of one (1) grant up to $300,000 ($100,000 per year, for 3 years) to develop and implement a Process and Impact Evaluation. The DDPC is seeking proposals from qualified applicants to evaluate the process, program implementation, and long- term impact of a DDPC sponsored 5-Year Supported Decision-making (SDM) pilot program that has been developed and is being currently implemented by Hunter College, in partnership with the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation and The Arc Westchester.

SDM is an alternative to guardianship whereby a person with an intellectual, developmental (ID/DD), or other disabilities keeps their legal rights to make decisions and uses designated supporter(s) for decision-making assistance where needed. Empirical studies of SDM pilot programs to date have shown promising findings, indicating ways that SDM may positively affect persons with ID/DD’s exercise of their right to make decisions.

To promote greater use and awareness of SDM in New York State, in 2016 the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council awarded a five-year grant to a Hunter College-led project in partnership with the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation and The Arc Westchester. The “Supported Decision-Making New York” or “SDMNY” project goals are to: develop and implement an educational campaign to raise awareness of SDM as an alternative to guardianship; develop and pilot a model that operationalizes SDM for persons with ID/DD; and identify strategies for ensuring the long-term sustainability of SDM and encourage systems-level change.

To fully understand both the evolution of grant activity design and implementation and longer-term project impacts across stakeholder groups, the DDPC is seeking to establish a two-pronged evaluation project that assesses the SDMNY process, as well as individual outcomes of those who have moved through the program. This independent evaluation will address topics related to the process and impact of SDMNY activities as they effect individuals with ID/DD, family members, decision-making supporters, facilitators, and other groups.

Deadlines for Letter-of-Intent Submission & Proposal Submission
• RFP Posting Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
• Letter of Intent Due Date: Friday, June 22, 2018
• Proposal Due Date: Friday, July 20, 2018
The DDPC announces funding to select one grantee in the amount of up to $1,500,000 ($300,000 per year for 5 years) to establish a statewide Community of Practice on Reentry for Youth with Developmental Disabilities and up to 4 county-level grant projects focused on the establishment of reentry supports for youth (ages 14-24) with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities (ID/DD).

Youth with ID/DD are at greater risk of entering the juvenile justice system than the general population. National data estimates that 60-75 percent of the youth in the juvenile justice system have one or more diagnosable disabilities. Research shows the best way to keep youth with ID/DD out of the justice system in the future is, upon their return to the community, to establish wrap-around reentry programs that successfully transition the individual out of the justice system and back to the community.

The DDPC is seeking to support the establishment of a statewide Community of Practice, comprised of cross-systems stakeholders, to support the implementation of effective reentry practices for justice-involved youth with ID/DD and other disabilities, and create county-based coalitions among community organizations, service-provider agencies, family and criminal court systems, and other relevant stakeholders to enhance wrap-around supports and services.

Deadlines for Letter-of-Intent Submission & Proposal Submission
• RFP Posting Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
•Letter of Intent Due Date: Friday, June 22, 2018
•Proposal Due Date: Friday, July 20, 2018
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