STATE OF HAWAII
ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES 1010 Richards Street, Ste. 122
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96814
TELEPHONE: (808} 586-8100 FAX: (808) 586-7543
State Plan 2022-2026
Notice of Public Review and Comment Meetings
The Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities is required by Federal law to develop a five-year State Plan. The State Plan guides efforts in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities to increase and promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in the community for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD). The State Plan must address the Council’s priorities in the Federal areas of emphasis of childcare, education, early intervention, employment, health, housing, quality assurance, recreation, transportation, and others.
The Council convened community input meetings in the Counties of Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui, and on Oahu. The Council’s staff and Areas of Emphasis Committees compiled and reviewed the community input, and formulated goals and objectives based on the input. The DRAFT goals and objectives describe the direction the Council will move toward in the next five years. Specific activities to be implemented to address the goals and objectives will be determined by the Council’s Areas of Emphasis Committees.
The Council is convening meetings (see attached) to provide interested persons the opportunity to submit comments regarding the DRAFT goals and objectives. Please submit two (2) copies of your comments to the presiding staff person at the meeting.
Address comments to:
Deborah Kobayakawa, Chair
1010 Richards Street, Ste. 122
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
The DRAFT goals and objectives can be viewed on the Council’s website at https://hiddcouncil.org/ after April 12, 2021. You may also request a copy of the DRAFT goals and objectives by calling our office at
(808) 586-8100. From the Neighbor Islands, call toll free:
Hawaii: 974-4000 x 6-8100 Kauai: 274-3141 x 6-8100 Maui: 984-2400 x 6-8100
Lanai: l-800-468-4644 x 6-8100 Molokai: 1-800-468-4644 x 6-8100
Interested persons are welcome to attend the meeting, mail, fax, or email your comments to the DD Council. Comments may be mailed to the above address, faxed to (808) 586-7543, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline to submit comments is Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities
STATE PLAN 2022-2026
Schedule of Public Review and Comment Virtual Meetings
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91703636948
Meeting ID: 917 0363 6948
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94691711381
Meeting ID: 946 9171 1381
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91668088409
Meeting ID: 916 6808 8409
Proposed Five-Year State Plan
Goals and Objectives (2022-2026)
Goal 1: (Advocacy)
All Hawaii residents with I/DD and their family members, throughout the lifespan, will have increased access to information in order to learn and strengthen the advocacy and leadership skills they need to be self-directed from an early age, manage supports and services, and engage as active citizens with agency over their own lives.
1. For each year through 2026, SCDD will increase civic engagement and self- direction on the part of individuals with I/DD by providing support and technical assistance to a statewide self-advocacy organization, providing leadership training opportunities, promoting emerging leaders with I/DD as trainers and speakers, and supporting and expanding participation of individuals with I/DD in culturally-diverse, cross-disability leadership coalitions.
2. For each year through 2026, SCDD, in collaboration with DD Act partners, and with an emphasis on serving historically-underserved populations, including individuals who have limited communication, will provide leadership training and mentoring to at least 20 individuals with I/DD and their families, and will support projects to develop advanced leadership skills and networking opportunities for at least 2 individuals with I/DD and their families through mentorships, internships, and apprenticeships in careers related to public policy and disability advocacy.
3. (Targeted Disparity #1) By 2026, Hawaii residents with I/DD and their families will have increased access to information about SCDD, the DD Network, and how to access the full range of supports and services available through Hawaii’s system of services and supports.
4. (Technology) By 2026, SCDD will support projects to decrease barriers in access to technology and internet access/connectivity for individuals with I/DD and their families.
GOAL 2: (Systems Change)
All Hawaii citizens with I/DD, their families, and stakeholders will have increased ability to improve the design and delivery of the services, both specialized and generic, intended to support and benefit them.
1. Through 2026, SCDD will facilitate government and community partnerships, and improve interagency coordination through collaborations and coalitions in order to reduce barriers to service access and delivery, with an emphasis on reducing inequities experienced by historically underserved populations, including individuals with limited communication.
2. By 2026, SCDD, in collaboration with community partners, will develop and implement a comprehensive public awareness and outreach campaign to highlight and promote the skills, abilities, and needs of people with I/DD, and educate communities on ways in which generic community services can be made more appropriate, accessible, and responsive to the needs of people with I/DD and their families.
3. (Formal and Informal Community Supports) By 2026, SCDD, in collaboration with family members, advocates, and those providing natural supports, will work to remove barriers and redesign systems in order to improve, simplify, and expand the system of formal and informal supports for caregivers of children and adults with I/DD.
4. (Healthcare) By 2026, in collaboration with families and community agencies, SCDD will provide information and support projects designed to improve the capability of Hawaii’s behavioral health care system to meet and respond to the mental health and dual diagnosis needs of individuals with I/DD and their families, including those in urban and rural areas of the state.
5. SCDD will apply for a grant that will monitor and respond to emerging issues and trends affecting individuals with I/DD and their families through collaboration, information, technical assistance, outreach, special projects, and advocacy.
GOAL 3: (Capacity-Building)
All Hawaii residents with I/DD and their families will have increased information and support they need to access the services and supports they need to live, work, and learn in the community with independence.
1. Beginning in 2022, SCDD will support projects and engage in outreach designed to ensure increased levels of diversity, equity, and cultural competency in all aspects of the work carried out by the Council and its staff.
2. (Transportation) By 2026, SCDD will increase affordable transportation option for individual with developmental disabilities throughout the state.
3. (Education) By 2026, SCDD will provide information and technical assistance designed to empower students, families, and stakeholders in identifying and delivering transition services that align with Employment First initiatives and that can lead to supported competitive employment, post-secondary education, and/or independent living options, with an emphasis on supporting those in urban and rural schools.
4. (Housing) By 2026, SCDD will support projects to expand the capacity of Hawaii’s system of housing and supports to serve those with complex medical and behavioral needs, including those who are aging, in their own community.
5. (Healthcare) By 2026, in collaboration with community agencies, SCDD will support projects designed to increase the capacity of Hawaii’s behavioral health care system to meet and respond to the mental health and dual diagnosis needs of individuals with I/DD and their families, including those in urban and rural areas of the state.
6. (Employment) By 2026, SCDD will support innovative projects based on best practices to increase the number of individuals with I/DD, including those with behavior challenges, medical disabilities, and mental health issues, who are engaged in supported competitive employment.