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Division of Developmental Disabilities Services


The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services believes individuals and their families should have choices when selecting the appropriate services in their local community. This allows each individual to maximize his or her abilities while enjoying a quality of life that matches those abilities. It also will prevent individuals from being forced to access more expensive and intrusive services. The Division is responsible for the overall coordination of services for Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Division’s Director’s office is the point of contact for the public. The Director’s office also coordinates with interested groups to provide as many service options as possible, oversees the five human development centers and provides administrative support. Within the Division, there are four sections: Financial Services, Waiver, Children and Quality Assurance/Licensure.


Developmental Disabilities Services Board

Programs and Services

Below are the current programs and services offered by the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services. Click the name of the program or service for a link to additional information.


Contact Information

Office Address Phone Email
Division of Developmental Disabilities Services

P.O. Box 1437, Slot N505
Little Rock, AR 72203



Name Title Phone Email
Melissa Stone Director, DDS

(501) 682-8665 Fax: (501) 682-8390

Thomas Tarpley Assistant Director; Contracts, Grant Monitoring, Children Services and Quality Assurance

(501) 682-8668 Fax: (501) 683-4745

Regina Davenport Assistant Director, Waiver Services

(501) 683-0575 Fax: (501) 682-8687

Elizabeth Pitman Assistant Director; Transformation and Special Projects

Fax: (501) 682-8390

Vacant Assistant Director; Transformation and Special Projects

(501) 682-8158 Fax: (501) 682-8679

Vacant Assistant Director, Human Development Centers

(501) 682-8677 Fax: (501) 682-8390

Johnathan Jones Interim HDC Superintendent – Arkadelphia

(870) 246-8011 Fax: (870) 246-3864

Jeff Gonyea HDC Superintendent – Booneville

(479) 675-2121 Fax: (479) 675-2518

Sarah Murphy HDC Superintendent – Conway

(501) 329-6851 Fax: (501) 336-0508

Steven Farmer HDC Superintendent – Jonesboro

(870) 932-4043 Fax: (870) 935-3463

Mark Wargo Interim HDC Superintendent – Warren

Phone: (870) 226-6774

Fax: (870) 226-5361


Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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