Jeanine Zlockie is the Director of Communications and Educational Programs for National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS). Jeanine has been working in the field of developmental disabilities (DD) since starting her career as a waiver supports coordinator which provided her with valuable experiences and connections that laid the groundwork for a strong foundation and understanding of DD systems. Jeanine uses her background in Medicaid policy and system's transformation to shape NASDDDS communication strategy to ensure it meets the needs of NASDDDS members. She is also the writer and editor of both NASDDDS State News Briefs and the Community Services Reporter publications. Jeanine also serves as Faculty for the National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware.
Prior to joining NASDDDS, Jeanine managed the Pennsylvania office of developmental programs policy office. In this capacity, she was responsible for the development of Medicaid waiver applications, policy bulletins, regulations, legislative bill analysis, and training curriculum that impacted the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Program's two 1915(c) Medicaid waivers. She was the primary contact to negotiate and resolve issues with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and to provide waiver policy technical assistance to staff from Pennsylvania's four regional offices. Highlights of her work include co-authoring the Office of Developmental Program's home and community-based services regulations and managing the daily operations of the initial Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS) help desk during the initial implementation phase.