LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration is now the host agency for the Developmental Disabilities Council.

The action follows an Executive Order (see attached above or click here) issued Thursday by Governor Asa Hutchinson citing ongoing systemic compliance issues.

The move comes after a letter (see attached above or click here) from the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) and the Administration for Community Living Office of Grants Management (OGM) classified the Developmental Disabilities Council as high risk due to a “history of poor performance.” 

Gov. Hutchinson issued the following statement: 
“Based upon information we received from the federal managers, these are problems that predate the current leadership. I am asking Director Eric Munson to work with DFA to ensure that we make the changes that are federally required. I remain firmly committed to the mission of the Council in advocating for the disability community.”

Developmental Disabilities Council Director Eric Munson issued the following statement: 
“There are more than 125,000 Arkansans with developmental disabilities. DFA has the structural capacity to assist the Council in administering a federal grant program like ours. I look forward to working with them to make sure that we are responsible and accountable with the federal funds we receive while being in compliance with the guidelines of the DD Act.”