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DHSS Press Release

Molly Magarik, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498

Jody Roberts, Director of External
Relations and Strategic Partnerships,
Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) 
  (302) 922-0500 (cell) or Email:

Carlos Hernandez, Senior Vice President,
Columbus Organization, Delaware

Shenika Kirby-Skinner, Executive State Director,
Columbus Organization, Delaware

Date: May 4, 2022


Through Maintenance of This Partnership, State Aims to Provide Ongoing Support to Individuals and Families Seeking Person-Centered Planning for Services Across the State

DOVER (May 4, 2022) - The Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) announced today that the Columbus Organization will continue to operate as the Division's Targeted Case Management Provider, providing case management support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families across the State. Targeted Case Management through the Columbus Organization provides each individual and family with access to a Community Navigator ensuring a person-centered planning approach that supports individuals receiving services to live their best life.

"Our Division's top priority is to ensure every individual we serve, and their family, can access the services and supports they need to lead the life they want to live," said Marissa Catalon, Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services. "Columbus's Community Navigators do just that by connecting individuals to the communities they live in."

The Columbus Organization works to serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by making connections to services and supports in the community. Those include access to, for example, supported employment services and day services, behavioral supports, or assistive technologies. They also support families in gaining access to respite services and home or vehicle modifications.

Carlos Hernandez, Senior Vice President with the Columbus Organization, shared his enthusiasm for this opportunity to continue partnering with DDDS. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with DDDS and to making a significant impact on the lives of so many people in Delaware. Beyond the benefits of maintaining continuity of care for these individuals, we also believe that Columbus' complex care model, state-of-the-art training and analytics tools, and dedicated Quality Assurance team, will contribute greatly to helping individuals achieve their meaningful life-goals while improving health outcomes."

DDDS began working with the Columbus Organization in July 2017 when the Division first implemented Targeted Case Management Services. Over the past five years, Columbus has maintained an excellent record of Medicaid compliance. The nonprofit's average compliance scores are consistently in the 90th percentile; this year its Medicaid compliance scores range from 95% to 98%.

The Columbus Organization will continue to provide services primarily to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) living in their own home or in their family home. DDDS has additional case management and resource coordination services for individuals with IDD living in provider-managed residential settings and for those individuals served by the Diamond State Health Plan Plus - a Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) program.

DDDS is one of 11 divisions in the Department of Health and Social Services. It serves more than 5,000 service recipients statewide.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.