DDD Independent Oversight Committees

The DES Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) Independent Oversight Committees (IOC) are established in accordance with ARS § 41-3801 and and 41-3804.  Each committee is comprised of groups of local citizens who provide support and review in matters to the rights of people with developmental disabilities where services are provided.  The DDD committees by region are: Central, Eastern, Northern, Western, and Southern (Tucson and Sierra Vista).  

Per statute each IOC is comprised of 7-15 members who have expertise in: psychology, law, medicine, education, special education, social work, criminal justice.  The committee shall also include at least two parents of children who receive services from the division of developmental disabilities.

Per statute the DDD IOC shall review incidents of:
1. Possible abuse or neglect or violations of rights.
2. Physical abuse, sexual abuse and other abuse.
3. Accidental injury.
4. Missing clients.
5. Behavioral emergency measures.
6. Medication errors, including theft of medication or missing medication.
7. Death.
8. Suicide attempts.
9. Hospitalizations.
10. Incarcerations.
11. Theft of client property or money.
12. Property destruction.

 

For more information refer to the Contact Us tab below or visit the DDD website at https://des.az.gov/ddd-human-rights-committees-main or if interested in volunteering visit the application website at https://azdes-community.secure.force.com/VolunteerApplication

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Committee Meetings

Title Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
DDD District Central IOC Meeting September 2022 to Agenda Minutes
DDD District Central IOC Meeting August 2022 to Agenda Minutes
DDD District Central IOC Meeting July 2022 to Agenda Minutes

Committee Member

Michel Sanderfer

Committee Member

Tina Buettner

Committee Member

Carolyn Willmer

Committee Member

Debbie Stapley

Committee Member

Eduarda Yates

Committee Member

Lisa Witt

Committee Member

Mandy Harman

Committee Member

Carol McNulty

Committee Member

Eva Hamant

Committee Member

Vice Chair

Sherry Wilhelmi

Vice Chair

Chair

Linda Mecham

Chair

Guidelines & Annual Reports