The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities is dedicated to the vision that all Alabamians, regardless of disability, will live, learn, work, and play in inclusive communities. Our agency partners help us to achieve this vision.
ALABAMA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE ON DISABILITIES (GOOD)
GOOD’s mission is to facilitate the inclusion of Alabamians with disabilities in education, employment, housing, transportation, health care and leisure. GOOD has two primary functions: to serve as a statewide clearinghouse for information on disability resources in Alabama and serve as liaison on disability issues to the Governor and the Governor’s Office. Other functions include:
• One stop shop for information and referral source for disability issues
• GOOD does NOT handle social security disability claims
• GOOD provides free technical assistance and training on the
Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws
• Help individuals with disabilities find the right state agency contact
for their needs
Office of Executive Assistant: (334) 293-7228
Director: (334) 293-7189 (Montgomery) ∙ (205) 290-4540 (Birmingham)
Toll-Free: (888) 879-3582
ADA Hotline: (800) 205-9986
Email: [email protected] ∙ [email protected]
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN’S AFFAIRS
The Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs serves individuals with developmental disabilities by:
• establishing coordination and communication with state and local agencies and child advocacy groups.
• seeking additional resources to invest in the welfare of children and families.
• connecting Alabama families with available services.
• enhancing and developing programs to prepare children for a life of learning and to support the well-being of families.
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
The Alabama Department of Education Special Education Services (SES) provides technical assistance to all education agencies serving Alabama’s gifted children as well as children with disabilities.
SES is also responsible for ensuring that education agencies providing services are in compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations. SES processes all complaints and requests for due process hearings and mediation regarding special education issues.
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
The Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) provides assistance or services in the areas of Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Foster Care, Adoption, Child Care Services, Child Support, Family Assistance and Food Assistance. Department of Human Resources has at least one office in all 67 counties in Alabama.
To report child or adult abuse, neglect or exploitation call the DHR office in the county in which the person is located. In addition, suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of elderly and disabled adults may be reported to 1-800-458-7214.
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
Through two Medicaid Home and Community Based waivers, the Alabama Department of Mental Health Developmental Disabilities division operates a statewide provider network that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with hourly and daily support services, as well as residential services for eligible individuals.
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The Alabama Disability and Health Program was created in 2012 with funds through a three-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve the health of persons with disabilities. Alabama is one of 18 funded state-based programs with the purpose of promoting equity in health, preventing chronic disease, improving emergency preparedness and increasing the quality of life among people with disabilities.
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION SERVICES
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) serves people with disabilities of all ages through a continuum of services. These services are provided through 25 community offices, reaching residents in all 67 counties with the following four major programs:
• Alabama’s Early Intervention System, birth to age 3
• Children’s Rehabilitation Service, birth to 21
• Vocational Rehabilitation Service, teens and adults
• VRS’s Business Relations Program, known as READI-Net (Resources for Employment And Disability Information Network)
• State of Alabama Independent Living/Homebound Service (SAIL), serving individuals with the most-significant disabilities.
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF SENIOR SERVICES
The Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) is a cabinet level state agency that administers programs for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Statewide the department provides Older Americans Act home and community based services, the Elderly / Disabled and HIV/AIDs Medicaid waivers and information and assistance through Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC).
ADSS administers educational and respite programs to Caregivers of frail older adults age 60 and older or any age if caring for those suffering with Alzheimer’s or Dementia; Grandparents age 55 or older caring for children ages 18 and younger; Grandparents age 55 and older caring for children with
The Alabama Medicaid Agency manages several Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) waivers to help persons with developmental disabilities. The Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and Living at Home (LAH) waivers are provided to persons who are Medicaid-eligible under the waiver and who would require the level of care for an intermediate care facility. The ID and LAH waivers are administered with a cooperative effort between the Alabama Medicaid Agency and the Alabama Department of Mental Health. These programs are limited to individuals age 3 and above with an intellectual disability or related condition diagnosis.