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The statutes were updated in November, 2018, and contain all actions of the
2018 legislative session.

Title 18 : Health



(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 8723)
  • § 8723. Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living; duties

    The Department shall plan, coordinate, administer, monitor, and evaluate State and federally funded services for people with developmental disabilities and their families within Vermont. The Department shall be responsible for coordinating the efforts of all agencies and services, government and private, on a statewide basis in order to promote and improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Within the limits of available resources, the Department shall:

    (1) promote the principles stated in section 8724 of this title and shall carry out all functions, powers, and duties required by this chapter by collaborating and consulting with people with developmental disabilities, their families, guardians, community resources, organizations, and people who provide services throughout the State;

    (2) develop, maintain, and monitor an equitably and efficiently allocated statewide system of community-based services that reflect the choices and needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families;

    (3) acquire, administer, and exercise fiscal oversight over funding for community-based services, including the management of State contracts;

    (4) identify resources and legislation needed to maintain a statewide system of community-based services;

    (5) establish a statewide procedure for applying for services;

    (6) facilitate or provide pre-service or in-service training and technical assistance to service providers consistent with the system of care plan;

    (7) maintain a statewide system of quality assessment and assurance for services provided to people with developmental disabilities and provide quality improvement support to ensure that the principles of service in section 8724 of this title are achieved;

    (8) encourage the establishment and development of locally administered and locally controlled nonprofit services for people with developmental disabilities, based on the specific needs of individuals and their families;

    (9) promote and facilitate participation by people with developmental disabilities and their families in activities and choices that affect their lives and in designing services that reflect their unique needs, strengths, and cultural values;

    (10) promote positive images and public awareness of people with developmental disabilities and their families;

    (11) certify services that are paid for by the Department; and

    (12) establish a procedure for investigation and resolution of complaints regarding the availability, quality, and responsiveness of services provided throughout the State. (Added 1995, No. 174 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 2005, No. 174 (Adj. Sess.), § 46; 2013, No. 140 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)