Authorization:
Executive Order 2001-09 and Public Law 106-402
Activities:
In order to create an environment in which individuals with developmental disabilities direct their own lives and participate in the community, the Council’s main activities include. The Council shall prepare, modify and approve a state developmental disabilities plan, including a plan for implementation and provide information and education to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, service providers and the general public. The Council shall advocate and support systems change among the various federal, state, local or private agencies involved in the developmental disabilities service delivery network, and promote and support best practices across the service delivery system. The Council shall promote partnerships among individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, coalitions, state agencies and service providers. The Council shall serve as an advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages. In cooperation with the designated state agency, the Council shall provide continual monitoring of the developmental disabilities service network, legislation, state plans and policies and provide for methods to evaluate the quality of that service network.
Organization:
Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disabilities
Composition:
Not less than 60 percent of the membership shall consist of individuals with developmental disabilities, parents or guardians of children with developmental disabilities, or immediate relatives or guardians of adults with mentally impairing developmental disabilities who cannot advocate for themselves. The Council shall consist of the following state agency representatives and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor: 1. Director or designee of the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Dept. of Human Services; 2. Director or designee of the Office of Special Education in the Dept of Education; 3. Director or designee of the Division of Rehabilitation Services, Department of Human Services; 4. The secretary or designee of the Department of Social Services; 5. The secretary or designee of the Department of Health; 6. A director or designee of the South Dakota Developmental Center; and, 7. The director or designee of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service, known as the USD Center for Disabilities. Representatives of the following local agencies, nongovernmental agencies, and private nonprofit groups concerned with services for individuals with developmental disabilities shall be appointed by the Governor: 1. A representative of community based service providers whose term shall be for three years. 2. The director or designee of the South Dakota Advocacy Services, whose term shall be at the pleasure of the Governor. At least thirteen (13) other individuals who shall be consumers or consumer representatives appointed by the Governor are as follows: 1. Five (5) individuals who have a developmental disability including at least one individual who receives services from a community based service provider and one individual who resides or previously resided in the Developmental Center, and who shall be appointed to one-year, two-year, and three-year terms. 2. An immediate relative or guardian of an individual with a developmental disability who resides or previously resided in the Developmental Center whose term shall be for three years; 3. Three (3) parents or guardians of adults with mentally impairing developmental disabilities who cannot advocate for themselves, including at least one parent or guardian of an adult receiving services from a community-based service provider, who shall be appointed to one-year, two-year, and three-year terms; 4. Four (4) parents or guardians of children with developmental disabilities who shall be appointed to one-year, two-year, and three-year terms.
Term of Appointment:
Three years - Two consecutive terms

Contact Info:
Department of Human Services, 3800 E. Hwy 34, Hillsview Plaza, c/o 500 E. Capitol, Pierre SD 57501-5070, Phone 605.773.6369, or 1-800-265-9684.

Mission Statement:
To assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in achieving the quality of life they desire through advocacy, systems change and capacity building