Statewide Resources
 

KidNeeds.com is pleased to provide our visitors with the following and expanding alphabetical listing of statewide resources. Our state-by-state resource links will take you to the Department of Health in your particular state. In addition, we are continuing to build these pages to provide you with direct access to your state Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Division for Children and Families, Childrenís Health Program and other significant statewide resources. Please check this page often as we continue to expand our state-by-state resources.

Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities Our mission is to serve as an advocate for Alabama's citizens with developmental disabilities and their families; to empower them with the knowledge and opportunity to make informed choices and exercise control over their own lives; and to create a climate for positive socialchange to enable them to be respected, independent and productive integrated members of society.
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Alabama Department of Public Health The mission of the Department of Public Health is to work with the people of Alabama for a healthy life. The mission will be met by working with compassionate respect for each other and the people of Alabama.
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Alaska Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities We provide support and services to individuals who experience developmental disabilities or mental illness. They are provided through grants awarded to providers throughout the state. The Division emphasizes the importance of consumer and provider participation in determining the path for each individuals services.
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Alaska Division of Public Health To use the best available scientific knowledge to set public health policy and ensure provision of services which guarantee the health of all Alaskans, so that they can live full lives with optimum well-being.
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Alaska Section of Maternal, Child and Family Health The goal of the Section of Maternal, Child, and Family Health (MCFH) is to promote optimum health outcomes for all Alaskans by providing leadership, coordinating with the private and public provider entities within the health care system, and delivering preventive, rehabilitative, and educational services targeting children, child-bearing women and families.
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Arizona Department of Health Services Leadership for a healthy Arizona.
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The Arizona Governorís Council on Developmental Disabilities promotes quality programs and dignity of life for all persons who have a developmental disability and ensures that they have the opportunity to achieve their individual maximum potential for independence, productivity and integration.
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Arizona Office of Womenís and Childrenís Health To strengthen the family and the community by promoting and improving the health status of women of childbearing age, infants, children, adolescents, and those with special health needs.
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Arkansas Department of Health Many of our services are provided at the local level through a statewide service network. Our public health workforce is working every day to promote prevention services and to defend against threats to the publicís health. "Keeping Your Hometown Healthy" is more than a slogan for us.
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Arkansas Division of Mental Health Services Our Mission is to fulfill legislative mandate and administrative intent to promote, protect, preserve, care for and improve the mental health and serious disabilities of the people of Arkansas through an integrated system of mental health care.
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California Department of Developmental Services DDS is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions.
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California Department of Health Services To protect and improve the health of all Californians.
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California Department of Mental Health The California Department of Mental Health, entrusted with leadership of the California mental health system, ensures through partnerships the availability and accessibility of effective, efficient, culturally competent services. This is accomplished by advocacy, education, innovation, outreach, understanding, oversight, monitoring, quality improvement, and the provision of direct services.
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The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities is a federally-funded independent state agency established in federal and state law to assist in planning, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment The Department of Public Health and Environment provides public health and environmental protection services for the entire state.
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Colorado Governorís Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities To act as a catalyst to improve the quality of life of Coloradans with disabilities through their empowerment and to impact and promote policy and legislation to ensure true integration.
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Colorado Mental Health System Our mission is to provide the necessary services and supports to achieve the rehabilitation, maintenance and promotion of mental health for individuals with mental illness who are the highest priority for the public mental health system in Colorado.
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The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
is a Governor-appointed body of people with disabilities, family members, and professionals who work together to promote the full inclusion of all people with disabilities in community life.
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Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services The mission of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is to improve the quality of life of the people of Connecticut by providing an integrated network of comprehensive, effective and efficient mental health and addiction services that foster self-sufficiency, dignity and respect.
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Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate The Office of the Child Advocate is an independent state agency established in 1995 to protect the civil, legal and special rights of all the children of Connecticut, and to advance policies throughout the state that promote their well-being and best interests.
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Connecticut Office of Health Care Access The mission of the Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) is to ensure that the citizens of Connecticut have access to a quality health care delivery system.
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Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council Working to ensure that people with developmental disabilities
enjoy the same quality of life as the rest of society.
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Delaware Division of Mental Retardation The Division of Mental Retardation provides services for Delaware children and adults with developmental disabilities. This Division's mission is to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in making informed choices that lead to an improved quality of life and meaningful participation in their communities.
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Delaware Health and Social Services Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency and protecting vulnerable populations.
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Florida Department of Childrenís Mental Health Our Mission: To provide, in partnership with families, the mental health services needed to help children with serious emotional disturbance live at home, do well in school, and successfully live in the community.
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Florida Department of Health The mission of the Department of Health is to promote and protect the health and safety of all Floridians. Our goals are attained by preventing and controlling the spread of acute, chronic and infectious disease; providing basic family health care services to persons unable to access care from the private sector; and monitoring the sanitary status of water and sewage systems, group living facilities and other activities that have the potential to threaten the public's health. The department also provides early intervention and medical services to children with special health care needs.
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Florida Developmental Disabilities Council The FDDC guides development and administration of services for people with developmental disabilities by planning and funding research, innovations, and programs to improve the quality of their lives.
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Georgia Department of Community Health The Department of Community Health has responsibility for: insuring nearly 2 million people Ė 25 percent of Georgiaís population; maximizing the stateís health care purchasing power; planning for coverage of an estimated 1.3 million uninsured Georgians; coordinating health planning for state agencies.
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Georgia Governorís Council on Developmental Disabilities The mission of the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities is "to collaborate with Georgia citizens, public and private advocacy organizations, and policy makers to positively influence public policies that enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Council provides collaboration through education and advocacy activities, program implementation and funding, and public policy analysis and research.Ē
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Hawaii Department of Health The mission of the Department of Health is to provide leadership to monitor, promote, protect, and enhance the health and environmental well-being of all of Hawaii's people.
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Hawaii Disability and Communications Access Board DCAB advocates for and promotes the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in Hawaii.
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Idaho Department of Health and Welfare The Division of Health is organized to direct and provide a variety of public health services to the citizens of Idaho in cooperation with local and federal agencies.
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Idaho State Council on Developmental Disabilities To promote the capacity of people with developmental disabilities and their families to determine, access, and direct the services and/or support they need to live the lives they choose, and to build the communities' ability to support their choices.
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Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD) believes in and supports the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities of all ages. The ICDD promotes systematic change, capacity building and advocacy.
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Illinois Department of Public Health The Illinois Department of Public Health was created in 1877 to regulate medical practitioners and to promote sanitation. Today, IDPH is responsible for protecting the state's 11.9 million residents, as well as countless visitors, through the prevention and control of disease and injury. The Department's nearly 200 programs touch virtually every age, aspect and cycle of life.
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Indiana Governorís Planning Council for People with Disabilities Our Mission is to promote public policy, which leads to the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.
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Indiana State Department of Health The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has a proud tradition that dates back to 1881. The agency has over 2,000 employees who are dedicated to helping Hoosiers attain the highest level of health possible.
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Iowa Department of Public Health Promoting and protecting the health of Iowans.
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Iowa Governorís Developmental Disabilities Council The Governor's DD Council is a federally funded state agency that advocates for the development of services and supports so that Iowans with developmental disabilities can make choices and take control of their lives. The Council is made up of 20 volunteers who represent Iowans with disabilities, family members, service providers, and organizations concerned with disability issues.
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Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) is federally mandated under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. The mission of the Kansas Council is to ensure people with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to make choices regarding participation in society and quality of life. The purpose of the Council is to advocate for system's change on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities.
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Kansas Department of Health and Environment The mission of the Division of Health is to promote and protect health and prevent disease and injury in Kansas. The Division, using a scientific approach, helps assure the health of Kansans through a variety of public health services and regulatory programs. These include: promotion of healthy lifestyles and sound health policies to reduce risk factors for chronic diseases and injury; protection from communicable diseases; inspection of food services; ensuring healthy and safe adult and child care facilities; and, improving health care access and services.
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Kentucky Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services Our mission is to promote the well-being of all Kentuckians by assuring the provision of quality information, services and supports for individuals and their families through education, prevention, behavioral healthcare, monitoring and public planning in the areas of mental health, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injury.
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Kentucky Department of Public Health To carry out our mission, the Department is the sole organizational unit of Kentucky's state government responsible for developing and operating all public health programs and activities for the citizens of Kentucky.  Activities include health service programs for the prevention, detection, care and treatment of physical disability, illness, and disease.
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The Kentucky Developmental Disabilities Council is to create change through visionary leadership and advocacy so that people have choices and control over their own lives.
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Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities To provide support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities, including mental retardation, autism, and other conditions related to mental retardation through the provision of residential living options and other MR/DD services.
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Louisiana Office of Mental Health The Mission of the Office of Mental Health (OMH) is to perform the functions of the state which provide or lead to treatment, rehabilitation and follow-up care for individuals in Louisiana with mental and emotional disorders. OMH administers and/or monitors community-based services, public or private, to assure active quality care in the most cost-effective manner in the least restrictive environment for all persons with mental and emotional disorders.
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Louisiana Office of Public Health The development of this official agency Internet web site represents the Office of Public Health's delving into a new frontier. It is an exciting time for Public Health, the health information agency, as we take a further step in making information on health and health care readily accessible to our partners and to the general public.
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Maine Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Our children are our most important resource. We want to do everything we can to support them safely with their families and in their communities. Special help is available for children with developmental disabilities, mental retardation, autism, and serious emotional disturbance.
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Maine Bureau of Health Develop and deliver services to preserve, protect and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine. The Bureau of Health has responsibility for the public health within the Department of Human Services.
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Maryland Department of Health and Mental Health The mission of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is to protect and promote the health of the public by creating healthy people in healthy communities; to strengthen partnerships between state and local governments, the business community and all health care provides in Maryland; and to build a world class organization grounded in the principles of quality and learning, accountability, cultural sensitivity and efficiency.
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Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration The mission of the Developmental Disabilities Administration is to provide leadership to assure the full participation of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in all aspects of community life and to promote their empowerment to access quality supports and services necessary to foster  personal growth, independence and productivity.
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Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation Every day the DMR provides a wide array of services to more than 28,500 individuals. Their level of disability may require assistance in job placement, transportation, residential services, or intense levels of treatment, monitoring and care.
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Massachusetts Department of Public Health We ensure that the people of the Commonwealth receive quality health care and live in a safe and healthy environment.
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Michigan Department of Community Health The department, the largest in state government, is responsible for health policy and management of the state's publicly-funded health service systems. An estimated 1.5 million Michigan residents will receive services this year that are provided with total or partial support from MDCH.
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Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council The Vision of the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council is that all citizens of Michigan have the opportunities and supports to achieve their full potential.
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Minnesota Department of Health The mission of the Minnesota Department of Health is to lead efforts to protect and promote the health of all people in Minnesota.
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Minnesota Governorís Council on Developmental Disabilities Our mission is to work toward assuring that people with developmental disabilities receive the necessary support: to achieve increased independence, productivity integration and inclusion into the community.
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Mississippi Department of Mental Health Since its inception in 1974, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health has endeavored to provide services of the highest quality through a statewide service delivery system. As the largest state agency in Mississippi, the Department of Mental Health provides a network of opportunities to persons who experience problems with mental illness, alcohol and/or drug abuse/dependence, or who have mental retardation or developmental disabilities.
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Mississippi State Department of Health Our Mission: To Promote and Protect the Health of the Citizens of Mississippi.
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The Missouri Department of Health is responsible for protecting and promoting the health of Missourians by assessing health status and needs, developing policies and priorities, and assuring that the state is responding appropriately.
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The Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded, 22-member, consumer-driven council appointed by the Governor. Its mandate is to plan, advocate for, and give advice concerning programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities that will increase their opportunities for independence, productivity, and integration into communities.
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Region 1 Council on Developmental Disabilities Mission Statement: To enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families in Northwest Missouri .
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Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Improving and protecting the health,well-being and self-reliance of all Montanans.
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Montana Disability Services Division Our mission statement is: "The Developmental Disabilities Program supports choices and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in their communities."
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Nebraska Department Behavioral Health Services To organize and provide for an effective and efficient system of quality behavioral health services for the people of Nebraska.
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Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services We help people live better lives through effective health and human services.
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Nevada Division of Mental Health & Developmental Services Several levels of mental health care are provided through inpatient and outpatient programs. Clients requiring intensive care are supported by inpatient services and intensive outpatient programs. Other outpatient programs help the client gain greater independence, confidence, and the ability to function in the community.
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Nevada State Health Division A healthy tomorrow begins today.
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New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice This web page is for information purposes. No board business is conducted via this web site. All business should be transacted through the mailing address and phone numbers cited on this site.
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New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Our Mission is to join communities and families in providing opportunities for citizens to achieve health and independence.
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New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Our mission is to foster accessible and high-quality health and senior services to help all people in New Jersey achieve optimal health, dignity and independence. We work to prevent disease, promote and protect well-being at all life stages and encourage informed choices that enrich quality of life for individuals and communities.
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New Jersey Department of Human Services for Children and Families Services for children and families are provided by two divisions of the Department of Human Services: It is the mission of the New Jersey Division of Family Development to provide leadership, direction and supervision to those public agencies responsible for providing economic assistance to individuals and families. The Division of Youth and Family Services' (DYFS) mission is to protect children, support families, ensure permanency for children, and prevent violence and family disruption.
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New Mexico Department of Early Intervention and Children Services The Family Infant and Toddler Program furnishes early intervention services through provider agencies to children with, or at risk for, developmental delays and their families. This program meets the requirements of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended. As the designated lead agency for this interagency program, the New Mexico Department of Health/Long Term Services Division (DOH/LTSD) is responsible for ensuring that eligible children and their families receive services which are delivered in accordance with state and federal requirements. Respite services are also available for the families of eligible children from birth through age 21.
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New Mexico Department of Health We strive to continually improve upon our services and programs, and to implement new practices based upon our experiences as we work toward our goal of improving the future health status of New Mexicans. The Department of Health continues to stress quality improvement to ensure that we are having a direct and positive impact on New Mexico.
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New York State Department of Health strives to protect and promote New Yorkers' health through prevention, science, and quality health care delivery.
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New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC), in partnership with individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and communities, provides leadership by promoting public policies, plans, and practices that: Affirm dignity, value and worth; Support full participation in society; Uphold equality and self-determination; and Promote access to research and information needed for informed decision making for all individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
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North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities Working to promote the "independence, productivity, integration and inclusion into the community" of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services At DHHS, we're building a stronger North Carolina by creating and continuously improving opportunities for health.
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North Dakota Department of Health We are dedicated to the goal of assuring that North Dakota is a healthy place to live and to the belief that each person should have an equal opportunity to enjoy good health. To accomplish this mission, we are committed to the promotion of healthy lifestyles, protection and enhancement of the environment and provision of quality health care services for the people of North Dakota.
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Ohio Department of Health The Ohio Department of Health is a high performance organization of dedicated professionals leading Ohioans to achieve optimal health.
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The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ODDC) is a planning and advocacy body committed to community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.
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Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC) The mission of the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council is to promote services and programs which enable persons with developmental disabilities to fully realize their maximum potential through increased independence and productivity, as well as through integration and inclusion in the community.
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Oklahoma State Department of Health To protect and promote health of the citizens of Oklahoma, to prevent disease and injury, and to assure the conditions by which our citizens can be healthy.
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Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities Mission: Providing support services that enhance the quality of life of persons with developmental disabilities.
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Oregon Health Division To protect, preserve and promote the health of all the people of Oregon. To prevent unnecessary death and disability, improve the health status, and reduce the per-capita cost of illness care for all Oregonians.
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Oregon Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Assist people to become independent, healthy and safe by promoting mental health and optimal treatment of mental illness and emotional disorders.
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Pennsylvania Department of Health The Special Kids Network is a new statewide system designed to connect families of children with chronic health or disabling conditions to services and providers. Developed by the Department of Health, the network will greatly expand the state's efforts to make accessing services easier for Pennsylvania parents and service coordination easier for providers.
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Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council In order to encourage and support the creation of an environment in which all citizens of Pennsylvania can thrive without regard to disability, the Council will: advance the empowerment of citizens with disabilities, ensure access to goods, services and community supports needed by citizens with disabilities, and will foster relationships that build inclusive communities.
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Rhode Island Department of Health The primary mission of the Rhode Island Department of Health is to prevent disease and to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island.
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Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council We work to make Rhode Island a better place for people with developmental disabilities to live, work, go to school, and be part of their community.
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South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services The Department of Health and Human Services improves the health and social status of South Carolina families by contracting with public and non-profit organizations, credentialed medical professionals, and private businesses to provide Medicaid, child care, and aging services.
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South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council Our mission is to provide leadership in advocating, funding and implementing initiatives which recognize the inherent dignity of each individual, and promote independence, productivity, respect and inclusion for all persons with disabilities and their families. The State Plan will establish and advocate strategies to address a range of support systems for accessing opportunities for persons with disabilities and their families. The plan will include public/private agency collaboration and will be monitored and evaluated annually.
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South Carolina Department of Mental Health The men and women of the S.C. Department of Mental Health, in partnership with consumers, families and their diverse communities, will assist citizens with mental disorders to improve the quality of their lives. The department will give priority to children and adults with serious mental illnesses and serious emotional disturbances and will fulfill its legislative mandates. We will work cooperatively with other agencies, both public and private, to assure continuity of services based on the needs of the individual.
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South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities Our mission is to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to control their own destiny and to achieve the quality of life they desire.
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South Dakota Department of Health Working to prevent disease and promote health, ensure access to needed, high-quality health care, and efficiently manage public health resources.
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Tennesee Department of Health The departmentís mission is to achieve and maintain optimum personal and community health by emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention and environmental protection.
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Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities The Department is responsible for providing services to individuals with mental illness and mental retardation / developmental disabilities or neurobiological brain disorders. The Department, employees and service partners are committed to providing the highest level of service to individuals and families.
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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities The mission of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is to create change so that all people are fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives.
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Texas Department of Health The Texas Department of Health offers several resources that recognize the unique needs of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) and their families.
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Utah Department of Health The Utah Department of Health is the central state point of contact for all Public Health issues in the state.  Public Health relates to the matters of health of individuals and communities.  Public Health is a matter for each of us and all of us - as it impacts our lives and the lives of our communities.
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Utah Governorís Council for People with Disabilities The mission of the Utah Governorís Council for People with Disabilities is to create an environment in which people with disabilities direct their own lives and participate in the community.
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Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council We are a consumer directed planning and advocacy organization working on systems change issues. The Council is primarily concerned with the community based service system that provides supports to people with developmental disabilities and their families. With the exception of information and referral services, the Council does not provide direct services to individuals.
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Vermont Division of Health Care Administration The Vermont Division of Health Care Administration (DHCA) supports consumer assistance, quality assurance over managed care plans, general regulatory oversight of private health insurers and managed care plans, and cost containment programs such as hospital budget review and Certificate of Need (CON).† DHCA also manages a contract with the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care (VPQHC) that works with health care professionals in Vermont and regionally to continuously improve the quality of health care throughout the health care system serving all Vermonters.
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Virginia Board for People with Disabilities The Board seeks to empower Virginians with Disabilities to achieve their personal goals, to be self-reliant, and to participate fully in their communities by strengthening community involvement, building advocacy capacity, enhancing service delivery, and informing public policy.
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Virginia Department of Health Our mission is to achieve and maintain optimum personal and community health by emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention and environmental protection.
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Washington† Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities We serve Washington citizens often characterized as those most profoundly in need. Our clients have needs arising from physical and mental disabilities, mental health problems, or chemical dependency.
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Washington State Department of Health The Department of Health works to protect and improve the health of people in Washington State.
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West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources provides and assures accessible quality services for individuals and families to achieve their maximum potential and improve their quality of life.
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West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council The Councilís mission is to assure that West Virginians with developmental disabilities receive the services, supports and opportunities they need to achieve independence, productivity, integration and inclusion into the community of their choice.
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Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities The Council works to make Wisconsin a better place for people with developmental disabilities to live, learn, work, and participate as members of the community. The Council is dedicated to improving the independence, productivity, and integration of people with developmental disabilities.
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Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services The Department's mission is to lead the nation in fostering healthy, self-reliant individuals and families.
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Wyoming Department of Health Our mission is to promote, protect, and enhance the health of all Wyoming citizens.The Wyoming Department of Health is the primary State agency for providing health and human services.  It administers programs maintaining the health and safety of all citizens of Wyoming. Our primary approach in solving health problems is prevention.
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Wyoming Division of Behavioral Health The Wyoming public mental health system served almost 17,000 persons last year through 16 community mental health centers (CMHCs) in all Wyoming counties. All CMHCs are eligible to provide covered outpatient mental health services under provider agreements with the state Medicaid agency. Recent system planning and reform initiatives have enhanced services for children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders and adults with serious and persistent mental illness.
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