Roles, responsibilities and purpose
What does the Act say?
Each State/Territory shall designate a State agency that shall, on behalf of the State, provide support to the Council. Section 125(d)(1)
Who can be a DSA?
- The Council (if allowed by the laws of the State/Territory)
- A State agency that does not provide or pay for services for individuals with developmental disabilities (exception noted – if the designation was made prior to 1994 and the agency provides or pays for services for individuals with developmental disabilities, the designation stands)
- A State office including the immediate office of the Governor or a State planning office Reference: Section 125(d)(2)(A)(i)(ii)(iii)
The Council must be able to serve as an independent advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Council should periodically determine if their independence as an advocate is assured. This is accomplished through a review of the DSA.