BDDS, DDRS, FSSA, “The State” – Have you heard professionals, advocates, providers or other families connected to the world of disabilities use these acronyms or terms and wondered who or what they were talking about?  Have you felt like some unseen persons were making decisions about waivers, waiting lists and budgets but you weren’t really sure who was behind these decisions or how to access the information?

These letters and the generic term “the state” are used to collectively describe some of the state agencies that are responsible for services for people with disabilities in Indiana.  The overarching agency is FSSA – the Family and Social Services Administration.  One of the divisions of FSSA is DDRS – The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS).

DDRS has several bureaus which manage services for individuals who have disabilities.  They include: 

  • The Bureau of Quality Improvement Services (BQIS)
  • The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS)
  • The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS)
  • The Indiana Disability Determination Bureau (DDB)
  • First Steps (Early Intervention)

You can find more information about each of the FSSA divisions and DDRS bureaus at    

While you are visiting the website, don’t forget to sign up for DDRS email updates at  DDRS has been working to update all of their policies over the last several months.  They currently have an open comment period for several policies including the policy about waiting lists and eligibility determination for waivers.  You can fine the current draft policies available for comment and directions for giving your feedback at

Please take the time to learn more about the proposed policies and provide your feedback.  Indiana needs to hear from families about what works and doesn’t work for them.

Jill Ginn is The Arc of Indiana’s Manager of The Arc Network

2 Responses to “Navigating DDRS, Bulletins and Public Comment Periods”

  1. Susan Dockter says:

    I am appealing a cut in my daughter’s Waiver hours and have a hearing on July 11. She is 29 years old, nonverbal, nonambulatory, unable to use her hands for any function, has seizures, scoliosis, feeding tube, occ. needs suctioning and catheterization. And they expect us- her parents in our 60s, because we choose to keep Sara in her home to get by on 7 hours a day of assistance. We are already worn out and ready to move out ourselves so that Sara is not punished for living with us. Is ARC able to help us with our appeal?
    Thank you,
    Susan Dockter

  2. Sally Morris says:

    Susan, one of our Family Advocates will contact you. You can also call The Arc of Indiana at 800-382-9100.

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