Client Spotlight: Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
The ODLS team has provided comprehensive program and training support for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for over 10 years. We support new employee orientation and continuing education through the Service Coordinator Institute. In recognition of the importance of providing professional development opportunities to the DDS direct provider staff, we also presented a lecture series on a variety of topics with a focus on Positive Behavioral Supports and sexual health. The lecture series was supported through additional funding from the MA Human Resources Division.
Fiscal Year 2017 also saw the following programs/initiatives:
- Support of a certification program for service coordinators who specialize in Acquired Brain Injuries.
- Continuation of a Positive Behavioral Support consulting program.
- Updates to a Universal Supports e-learning module which is hosted on a DDS website dedicated to providing a resource for information and training opportunities for DDS Service Coordinators.
"I have worked with ODLS for over 14 years and have always had good experiences. They have been a tremendous help in brainstorming new ideas, and creating unique opportunities for staff. Their ability to keep data and issue reports about our activities is professional as well as timely. They are always ready to give 100% in their efforts to see that we (together) present solid, interesting training and staff development. I could not ask for a better partner!"
- Valarie T. Whiting, PhD, Statewide Director of Training and Professional Development; Department of Developmental Services.