Public Policy

Public Policy and Advocacy

The DD Act (P.L. 106-402) guides the Council’s actions and authorizes it to engage in capacity building, advocacy, and systems change activities that are designed to bring about a family centered, comprehensive, and coordinate an array of services and supports.  Council activities include training and technical assistance, demonstration of innovative programs, outreach, applied research, supporting and educating communities, inter-agency collaboration, barrier elimination, and development of citizen coalitions.  The Council also works to develop public policy recommendations and systemic change which work to assure that West Virginians with developmental disabilities receive the services, supports, and other forms of assistance they need to exercise self-determination and achieve independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in the community.

State and U.S. Government Public Policy Links


Council Position Papers

Significant Laws and Rules

Current Laws and Bills of Interest

Legislative Publications

Public Policy and Advocacy Training Programs