Ms. Cooper is Director of Technical Assistance at National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), Inc.
She works with state, county, and local governments as well as advocacy and provider organizations on issues in long-term community services for people with disabilities. Her main focus is assisting states to redesign support coordination systems and providing technical assistance to states to modify their Medicaid-financed home and community-based waiver and state plan programs to include more person-centered and participant-directed options. Key areas of expertise: service and system redesign; 1915(i) State Plan options; I/DD programs.
Ms. Cooper joined NASDDDS in 1991 and is the Director of Technical Assistance. Ms. Cooper provides technical assistance to state agencies on wide-tanging topics including:
- Assisting states to choose and secure financing for long term support services using a variety of Medicaid Authorities such as the 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver, 1915(k) Community First Choice or state plan HCBS under 1915(i).
- Assisting stated in crafting the 1915(c), 1915(i) CFC and other state plan amendments (such as targeted case management) for submittal to CMS.
- Assisting states in re-designing 191(c) HCBS waivers to reflect family and person-centered practices and services.
- Designing person-centered case management systems that meet the HCBS regulations on conflict of interest.
Ms. Cooper has participated in projects with all fifty states. While her main focus has been in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, Ms. Cooper has also assisted states on projects serving children in the juvenile justice system, children and adults with serious mental illness, individuals with brain injury, and seniors.
Prior to joining NASDDDS, Ms. Cooper managed Wisconsin’s Medicaid HCBS waivers for persons with developmental disabilities. She has also been a direct services worker and case manager. She holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.