If you took the time to read through the Post yesterday you saw this article: https://wapo.st/328YVLp concerning DDS’ cancellation of the contract with the Georgetown University Center (https://ucedd.georgetown.edu/index.php) for medical services. My son has not had a need for these services as yet, but I can well understand the concerns of people for whom such supports can smooth the path from hospital to home. At a more fundamental level, what I see here is another example of DDS springing a surprise on the disability community rather than engaging with its partners and stakeholders about the directions it is taking and its forward planning to meet future challenges. I wrote about this early last month, and invited my readers to contact Andy and others in the senior DDS management – have you done that? DO IT TODAY! Here are those addresses again:
Andrew Reese, DDS director firstname.lastname@example.org
Jared Morris, DDS chief of staff email@example.com
Winslow Woodland, DDS/DDA deputy firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Leveton, DDS deputy, quality and performance email@example.com
(she’s not gone until July 19!)
Darryl Evans, DDS/RSA deputy firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s well past time for Andy and other senior managers to take some time to get real with stakeholders on DDS strategy, and to invite a dialogue (no, a series of dialogues) on how best to address core challenges. Continuing to launch surprises is not the way to sustain support in the community.
And before closing – I promised the information on the time and place of the hearing in the House of Representatives on DC statehood on July 24. The time is 10:00 a.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building (Room 2154). Mayor Bowser has declared this month DC Statehood Month in honor of this historic event: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/DCWASH/bulletins/24ec935. PLAN TO BE THERE!