Home and community-based services helped 5,096 Oklahomans with developmental disabilities receive services in community settings. The Developmental Disabilities Services Division operates four home and community-based services waiver programs. Waiver services help eligible individuals live in the community and avoid institutionalization by providing supplemental services to support families and communities. Services are arranged and coordinated through DDSD area staff and case managers.
There are greater demands for services than OKDHS can meet. The number of people requesting the service now exceeds the number of those receiving waiver services. Fortunately, many of these families receive other supportive services such as a subsidy to help them care for a child living in the home.
Oklahoma continues to be recognized as a national leader in employment services for Oklahomans with developmental disabilities. Sixty percent of service recipients are in supported employment, compared to the national average of 23 percent.
Residential programs at Northern Oklahoma Resource Center in Enid and Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley provide comprehensive residential services to individuals who have chosen to receive services in an institutional setting. The goal of OKDHS programs is to support individuals in the least restrictive environment. DDSD staff works with families and residents to identify community homes and placements when community services are chosen.
The Office of Client Advocacy assists individuals with developmental disabilities, including those who live in OKDHS facilities, former residents of Hissom Memorial Center, former residents of existing OKDHS facilities who have special advocacy needs, and other Developmental Disabilities Services Division service recipients who have special advocacy needs. OCA advocates help individuals resolve issues involving access to needed services or the quality of those services. They provide an independent, proactive voice for all clients to ensure client safety and fair, honest and professional service delivery.