Inclusion Connects

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Inclusion Connects is an NCDHHS initiative to connect people with I/DD to more choices and more access to services and supports. The initiative is a collaboration among NCDHHS divisions, including the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Use Services and Medicaid, to provide resources for connecting individuals with I/DD to services and supports available to live, work and play in their chosen communities. 

To enhance the I/DD connection to their community, Inclusion Connects focuses on: 

  • Improving access and enhancing the housing array for individuals with I/DD. 
  • Promoting access to services for all individuals in need of services, including those on the Innovations Waiver Waitlist. 
  • Addressing the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Workforce Shortage, including connecting DSPs with providers and individuals with I/DD.

Take the first step: Contact your Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO) to understand what services are available to you. 

Inclusion Connects is not complete. NCDHHS is actively working with experts and stakeholders to develop a more comprehensive, all-inclusive resource. For feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to contact NCDHHS via email at

Engage with Inclusion Connects to learn more about our pillars and how you can benefit from or contribute to our mission. Together, we're building a more inclusive future for individuals with I/DD and their families.