Commission on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

    The Commission on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD) was established by P.L. 78-1994 to do the following: (1) develop a long-range plan for community- based services; and (2) review, make recommendations, and monitor changes regarding services to the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled population.
    P.L. 245-1997 amended the original legislation and extended the life of the Commission to January 1, 2001.
    P.L. 272-1999 amended the original legislation by extending the life of the Commission to January 1, 2005, and adding the following responsibilities: (1) reviewing and making recommendations regarding the implementation of the comprehensive plan prepared by the developmental disabilities task force (P.L. 245-1997, SEC. 1); and (2) reviewing and making recommendations regarding the development by the division of disability, aging, and rehabilitative services of a statewide plan to address quality assurance in community based services.
    In addition, the Legislative Council has assigned the following additional topic to the Commission to study during the 1999 interim: study and monitor the services available to persons with developmental disabilities.