Mission: Our mission is to support our members who work to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities in delaware.
Programs: Member/state government relationships: delarf / a. N. D. 's 38 member organizations all serve people with disabilities or other disadvantages, including treatment needs for mental health or substance use disorders living in the state of delaware.
policy information dissemination and training: delarf / a. N. D. Continued to provide information sessions to state policy makers regarding the state budget and the impact of members' services on the lives of delawareans with disabilities. Staff and members provided testimony during the office of management and the budget's annual hearings and also before the general assembly's joint finance committee, as we do every year. These statements focused on the need for community-based services that support individuals with disabilities and for appropriate treatment for people with treatment needs for mental health or substance use disorders. Delarf / a. N. D. Staff offered training sessions to member agencies and their staff and families served by them on how to advocate for and better serve those they support, including working with families speaking up. Delarf / a. N. D. Organized a member retreat in november 2016 at which division staff made presentations and had individual conversations with members about their concerns. During the 2017 legislative session, delarf / a. N. D. Was able to work with senator bryan townsend to introduce and pass one piece of legislation on addictions treatment (sb 109) and with representative melanie george smith to introduce and pass two provisions in the state budget on the statewide transition plan and on updating the market study for h. B. 104, which we also helped her draft.
delarf / a. N. D. 's state use program: although we have not been officially named as the central non-profit agency, delarf / a. N. D. Functions in this capacity and therefore has a responsibility to create, manage, and promote the service contracts established with state agencies as defined in the statute. State use contracts are not subject to the traditional procurement process, but rather are awarded through action of the 7 voting members of a governor-appointed commission. 338 people were employed in four set-aside contracts at the end of fy 2017 (one of which is held by ksi, not delarf / a. N. D. ). Wages in this reporting year were $5,363,842, thereby reducing state and federal entitlement spending that would otherwise be borne by the taxpayers to support people who would not have jobs otherwise. Delarf / a. N. D. Contributed to the final bylaws adopted by the commission for statewide contracts to support employment for individuals with disabilities during fy 2017.