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Arizona Best Performing State for Disabled Services

April 24
16:51 2014

The Department of Economic Security (DES) announced this week that Arizona has been recognized as “Best Performing” state for Medicaid services for the developmentally disabled. This is the third year in a row Arizona has come out on top.

developmental disabilitiesThe annual rankings were released in a report entitled “The Case for Inclusion 2014,” compiled by United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). The results were based on how states promote independence, ensure safety, keep families together and reach people in need.

Serving individuals with developmental disabilities is a calling and the dedicated workers, families and caregivers who do this work day-in and day-out, deserve our highest recognition. It is wonderful to see UCP recognize their achievements.”–Director Clarence H. Carter

According to the UCP report, Arizona came out on top thanks to its success in promoting independence through home-based services for disabled individuals. Services are provided through the Department of Economic Security’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Arizona was also recognized for its success encouraging families to care for their loved ones at home. Over 90 percent of Arizonans with developmental disabilities receive services in a home-like setting.

Individuals with developmental disabilities want and deserve a comfortable quality of life surrounded by their families and friends. It is our duty to help these individuals to attain that goal.”–Clarence Carter

For more information on the DES Division of Developmental Disabilities, click here.

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