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.


Jim Brader is the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.  He joined DDS in 2010 as the Assistant Director of Compliance and Monitoring where he provided technical assistance on legal and regulatory issues for all DDS programs.  Prior to joining DDS Jim was an attorney and Deputy Counsel  with the DHS Office of Chief Counsel, where his work included a focus on issues related to DDS and Behavioral Health Services.  During this period of service he discovered a passion for the field of disability programs and law. Born in San Diego, California, Jim has been a resident of Little Rock since grade school and earned his Juris Doctorate in 2000.


For additional information about this division, see DDS Sections.


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/TDD Email
  • Division of Developmental Disabilities ServicesP.O. Box 1437, Slot N505
    Little Rock, AR 72203


Name Title Phone Email
  • Melissa StoneInterim Director of DDS501-682-8665Email
  • Melissa StoneAssistant Director – Compliance and Monitoring501-682-4747Email
  • Shelley LeeAssistant Director – Quality Assurance501-683-3619Email
  • Traci HarrisAssistant Director – Children’s Services501-682-8670Email
  • Deborah TennerAssistant Director – Financial/Administrative Services501-682-8572Email
  • Regina DavenportAssistant Director – Waiver Services501-683-0575Email
  • Steve FarmerHDC Superintendent – Arkadelphia870-246-8011
    Fax: 870-246-3864
  • Jeff GonyeaHDC Superintendent – Booneville479-675-1401
    Fax: 479-675-2518
  • Sarah MurphyHDC Superintendent – Conway501-329-6851
    Fax: 501-336-0508
  • Forrest SteeleHDC Superintendent - Jonesboro870-932-5230
    Fax: 870-935-3463
  • Glenn ClarkHDC Superintendent – Southeast Arkansas870-226-6774
    Fax: 870-226-5361