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Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities

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The mission of the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities is:

To create systemic change in Kentucky that empowers individuals to achieve full citizenship and inclusion in the community through capacity building and advocacy.

CCDD does not provide direct care services.

The Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) is a group of citizens, appointed by the governor to serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities. CCDD is federally funded program established under both state and federal law as a independent state agency to build the capabilities of individuals, families and communities, enabling each to become more self sufficient through public policy initiatives, advocacy programs and community building. CCDD is not a direct service organization, but develops strategies to support advocacy systems change. CCDD programs are developed in direct response to the concerns and ideas voiced by advocates,  families, service providers, policy-makers and other professionals. By listening to these collective voices, the council is taking the critical steps toward a dialogue for change in how Kentucky regards and addresses its citizens with developmental disabilities.

CCDD Contact Information

Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities
100 Fair Oaks Lane, 4E-F
Frankfort, KY 40601
Toll-free phone: (877) 367-5332
Fax: (502) 564-9826
email: Shelley Runkle


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Legislation Introduced to Create an Adult Protection Registry

Kentuckians from all walks of life agree that Kentucky needs an adult protection registry. More than 7,000 cases of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation were substantiated by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) in the last five years. These cases involved adults who were unable to protect themselves because of physical and/or intellectual disabilities, including many elderly victims. Unfortunately, in many cases, the abusers are not prosecuted and remain free to abuse others who are vulnerable.

The need for an adult protection registry was first identified in 2008 when CHFS leaders and others realized that none of the existing pre-hire records checks conducted by employers identify perpetrators from substantiated cases of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation. A registry must be created through legislation to ensure this critical protection.

Fortunately, there is a broad base of support for creating an adult protection registry. Supporters include Kentucky Legislators from both parties, CHFS, individuals with disabilities and their families, disability-related service providers, long-term care providers and many others.  Last year, legislation was considered in both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly, but the session ended before final passage. 

Inspired by the progress made, Kentucky Protection and Advocacy and the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities convened a series of meetings of stakeholders during the interim to identify key issues and brainstorm solutions.

Stakeholders who participated in the meetings include; Advocates and Self-Advocates, The Arc of Kentucky, CHFS, Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, The Council on Developmental Disabilities (Louisville-based), Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, Kentucky Association of Private Providers, Kentucky Association of Regional Providers, Kentucky Concerned Families Network, Kentucky Protection and Advocacy, Kentucky Self-Advocates for Freedom and Leading Age Kentucky.

Senate Bill 98 (SB 98), is sponsored by Senator Sara Beth Gregory of Monticello and co-sponsored by Senator Denise Harper Angel of Louisville.

House Bill 256 (HB 256), is sponsored by Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo of Lexington.

Individuals with disabilities and other stakeholders throughout the Commonwealth are watching closely to see what happens next. 

Next CCDD Full Council Meetings

Feb. 27-28, 2014

Capitol Plaza Hotel   Frankfort, Ky.

Please contact our office for details.

Kentucky Exceptional Family Magazine

CCDD and Lexington Family Magazine have collaborated to bring you a Kentucky guideline for people with disabilities, their families and the professionals that support them. We are proud to announce the first edition of this great resourceful publication.

You may also want to check out the online version or contact our office for hard copies.


Recreation is for everyone

In 2009, the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities began the Recreation Involvement Fund. This fund was established for individuals with developmental disabilities to attend community gyms, such as the YMCA and enroll in sporting activities like swimming or baseball.

Along with the obvious health benefits, it is the council’s hope that people using the fund also begin to integrate themselves into the community by forming new bonds with people that they would not otherwise have met. It is also the council’s hope that non-disabled individuals who may not ordinarily be exposed to people with developmental disabilities to discover that “these people” are not unlike themselves.

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KDDNetwork News

The Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Kentucky University Center for Excellence (the Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute) and Kentucky Protection and Advocacy have collectively gathered input from consumers, family members, service providers and policy makers to determine the primary issues affecting the lives of people with disabilities in Kentucky.

Check out the latest edition of the DDNetwork newsletter by visiting:

Kentucky's Developmental Disability Network (external link)


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2011 CCDD Annual Report

Please take time to have a look at all the great things we've been doing.  

CCDD 2011 Annual Report

2011-2016 State Plan

Please feel free to contact our office for hard copies or alternative formats of this report.


Conference Sponsorship

A request for funds to assist in the support of a Program or event related to advocacy, capacity building and systematic change for individuals with developmental disabilities and their support network.

Conference Sponsorship Application


Last Updated 11/6/2014
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