TOPDD's unique structure...
Most states have a designated office that is dedicated to addressing FASD, but TOPDD's structure is unique!
- It is governed by an Executive committee whose members are appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the house.
- Yet it is housed by the state and obtains administrative support from the Health and Human Services Commission.
- It provides a biennial report to the legislature (DOC) to provide the latest information on the prevention of developmental disabilities.
The Executive Committee appoints tasks forces to develop programs and advise the Executive Committee. Currently, the following task forces are in operation... The FASD Prevention Task Force and The Child Safety and Injury Prevention Task Force (CSIP).
Why this structure is uniquely effective?
- It allows TOPDD to straddle both the public and private sectors.
- It enables TOPDD to raise funds for its work.
- It engages the most notable leaders from throughout the state to become active participate in this work.
- It facilitates the linkages of state agencies and state funded programs while maintaining the independence needed to quickly respond to community needs.