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Human Rights Council

Authorized by DBHDD Policy #02-1101, the Human Rights Council is an advisory review body formed to ensure the protection of health and human rights of persons with developmental disabilities.

The Council reviews allegations of suspected individual rights violations; individual support plans in which individuals have been prescribed five or more psychotropic drugs; and all requests for participation of individuals receiving DD services in experimental research to ensure adherence to the practices of DBHDD.

A minimum of two council bodies exist in each of DBHDD’s six regions with seven to nine people in each. Meetings are convened on a quarterly basis for each of these councils. Membership is comprised of community volunteers who have qualifications in one of eight categories.

DBHDD’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD) is calling for volunteers to participate in the Human Rights Council. Those interested in serving should send a résumé and a one-page cover letter describing qualifications and reasons for interest to:

Eddie Towson
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

DD Human Rights Council Referrals

How To Submit a Referral:
To submit a DD related human rights compliant, violation or concern to the Human Rights Council (HRC), please complete the DD Human Rights External Referral form. This information will help our efforts to determine whether the human rights of an individual receiving developmental disability services are protected. The information you provide will be kept in strict confidence.

Individuals have the right to confidentiality of their clinical records and treatment information.
If you are a client, guardian, parent or court-ordered legal custodian, you may authorize us to access records and treatment information by completing and signing the Authorization for Release of Information form (pdf).

Who Can Submit a Referral:


  • People receiving services

  • Family members

  • Legal representatives

  • Concerned private citizens


  • Provider Human Rights Subcommittee

  • Support Coordinators

  • Psychologists

  • Provider Organization

Division Review Authorities

  • Behavior Program Review Committee (BPRC)

  • Delmarva Foundation staff

  • Medicaid staff

  • Division staff