The Administration on Developmental Disabilities defines Quality Assurance as meaning advocacy, capacity building and systemic change activities that result in improved consumer- and family-centered quality assurance that result in systems of quality assurance and consumer protection. The MoDD Council will work to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be free of abuse, neglect, sexual or financial exploitation and violation of their human rights as well as not subject to inappropriate use of restraints or seculusion. People should be self-determined and have opportunities for indpendence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in the community.
Current Council QA Initiatives:
Guardianship: The Council is engaged in efforts to increase awareness of options and alternatives to guardianship. Multiple trainings will be conducted around the state to assist in informing persons interested in this topic of the options and alternatives to full guardianship that exist. For information regarding these training opportunities, contact Dolores Sparks or visit Thinking About Guardianship?
The Council is also participating in the MO-WINGS Taskforce that is currently working to revise and update the state's guardianship statute. This statute, which was created in 1973, has not undergone significant revisions since its inception.
People First of Missouri: People First is a strong self-advocacy group that supports its members to self-direct and support each other. For more information about People First contact Katheryn Sateger-Wilson.
Family-to-Family Network: The Council invests in the Family-to-Family Network that includes the Family-to-Family Resource Center and the Sharing Our Strengths mentoring program so that individuals, families and other stakeholders across the state have access to an information nework and a means of linking with others with similar experiences as well as signing up to volunteer to use their advocacy skills to help others with developmental disabilities. For more information about F2F, contact the Mo DD Council.
Community of Practice: The Council is also involved in the National Community of Practice for supporting families of individuals with intellectual and developmetnal disabilities where Missouri is the mentor state that will help five states develop systems of support for families through the lifespan of their family member. For more information about F2F, contact th Mo DD Council.
Past Council Initiatives:
The Council is also excited to have been a part of a project which supports an on-line training program for direct support staff, the College of Direct Support. This project leads to better trained staff who are more likely to stay in the field.
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