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Boards and Committees

DDS State Program Standing Committee (see "State Program Standing Committee")

Equity Funding Committee
The Equity Funding Committee assists in the management of New Caseload Funding that was allocated by the Legislature to meet the needs for individuals whose circumstances are described in the State System of Care Plan funding priorities (with the exception of the Public Safety funding priority which is managed through the Public Safety Funding Committee.)  The Equity Funding Committee also assists in the managing Returned Caseload Funding that comes back to the Equity Fund when those dollars are no longer needed by an individual.

Ethics Committee
The function of the Ethics Committee is to review and give advice regarding Advance Care Planning and End of Life decisions for people with developmental disabilities or older Vermonters who are on public guardianship.

Human Rights Committee
The purpose of the Human Rights Committee is to safeguard the human rights of people receiving developmental disabilities services in Vermont. The Committee provides an independent review of restraint procedures proposed or occurring within the supports provided by the developmental disabilities services system. The goal of the Human Rights Committee is to ensure that the use of restraints is appropriate and necessary.

Public Safety Funding Committee
The Public Safety Funding Committee assists in the management of public safety funding allocated by the Legislature to specifically address public safety issues posed by adults with developmental disabilities.

Sex Offender Discussion Group
Monthly meetings of the Sex Offender Discussion Group provides ongoing training and support of case managers and direct support staff who work with offenders.

State Program Standing Committee (SPSC)
The State Program Standing Committee is a gubernatorial appointed committed that advises DDSD on the performance of the developmental disabilities services system with respect to hiring key management; evaluation of quality; State System of Care Plan; department policy; and complaints, grievances and appeals. The Committee shall also be involved in the agency designation and re-designation process.

Vermont Communication Task Force (VCTF)
The purpose of the VCTF is to improve supports for communication primarily for high school age youth and adults with developmental disabilities so that they can communicate more effectively in order to participate more fully in community life, make decisions and better advocate for themselves. The Task Force provides information, education, training and resources to people with disabilities, family members, service providers and community members.


Get on Board and Make a Difference! - This tool, created by the Green Mountain Self Advocates (GMSA), talks about the best ways to include people with developmental disabilities on boards and committees.

Local Funding Committees - Role and Responsibilities - Equity, Public Safety, Transition II

Making Meetings Accessible:  How to Enable Real Participation - A users guide to make meetings accessible so people with developmental disabilities can participate and contribute to the fullest extent possible.

Supporting Virtual Meeting Accessibility – This flyer, created by Nicole LeBlanc, coordinator of the Person-Centered Advisory and Leadership Group, provides recommendations for making on-line meetings accessible. Simple tips and additional resources are included.