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Key State Agencies

There are several key State of Hawai`i agencies involved in providing waiver services.  This section will help you learn about their roles and responsibilities.

The Hawai`i State Council on Developmental Disabilities

The mission of the Hawai`i State Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) is to support people with developmental disabilities to control their own destiny and determine the quality of life they desire.

The DD Council is a body comprised of individuals appointed by the governor. Sixty percent of the DD Council is made up of individuals with developmental disabilities and family members of persons with developmental disabilities. The remaining members represent state and private agencies and the community at-large.

The Hawai`i DD Council was established in state law by Act 198, Session Laws of Hawai`i, 1975. The DD Council (according to Hawai`i Revised Statutes, Section 333E) develops, prepares, and adopts the State plan, which "shall guide the development and delivery of all services to individuals with developmental disabilities."  The State plan shall include "establishment of goals and priorities of the State in meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, including the recommendation of priorities for the distribution of public funds for comprehensive services to individuals with developmental disabilities within the State and other matters deemed necessary to achieve independence, productivity, integration, inclusion, and self-determination of individuals with developmental disabilities."2

The federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (P.L. 106–402) defines the purpose of State Councils on Developmental Disabilities as engaging in "advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities..." that "contribute to a coordinated, consumer- and family-centered, consumer- and family-directed, comprehensive system that includes needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families."  

2 This information was taken from the Hawai`i State Council on Developmental Disabilities website at http://www.hiddc.org.  

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