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Division of Developmental Disabilities Services


The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) 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 or intellectual 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 3 sections: Tier 1 unit, Tier 2 & Tier 3 unit, and Intake & Referral.


      Developmental Disabilities Services Board

DDS Policy (Link)


Contact Information

Office Address Phone Email
Division of Developmental Disabilities Services

P.O. Box 1437, Slot N501
Little Rock, AR 72203

Phone: (501) 683-0870


Name Title Phone Email
Melissa Stone Director, DDS

Phone: (501) 682-8665 Fax: (501) 682-8380

Thomas Tarpley CFO - Assistant Director of Finance, Contracts and Personnel

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

Regina Davenport Assistant Director, Tier 2 & Tier 3 Services

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

Elizabeth Pitman Assistant Director; Tier 1 Services and Policy Lead

Phone: (501) 682-4936 Fax: (501) 682-8380

Martha Smith Assistant Director; Intake and Referral

Phone: (501) 683-5687 Fax: (501) 682-8380

Tammy Benbrook Assistant Director, Human Development Center Liaison | Within Tier 2 & Tier 3 Services

Phone: (501) 682-4747 Fax: (501) 682-8380

Kerry Gambill HDC Superintendent – Arkadelphia

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

Jeff Gonyea HDC Superintendent – Booneville

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

Sarah Murphy HDC Superintendent – Conway

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

Steven Farmer HDC Superintendent – Jonesboro

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

Mark Wargo 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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