CQL is pleased to announce that the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) has begun the process of becoming the first CQL accredited state system focused on intellectual and developmental disabilities in the United States.
Department staff and providers will participate in a three-year process of capacity-building, data gathering, and network evaluation before the accreditation is completed in 2015. Through this initiative, DIDD will become an international model for service delivery.
“Accreditation has been a top priority for DIDD since its inception as a stand-alone department in 2011. This process will allow DIDD to remain accountable in its service delivery system. In collaboration with CQL, we are committed to excellence and leading the nation in providing exemplary services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” DIDD Commissioner James M. Henry said.
The department’s initiative, Network Accreditation: Person-Centered Excellence, will provide quality improvement by network members, establish community partnerships and strategic planning, and create a framework of sustainability by training state and regional office staff in data collection and analysis, as well as leadership development for self-advocates.
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