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The warning signs of dementia can look different in those with developmental disabilities.

COVID-19 Update: In the best interest of our constituents, volunteers and staff, we are not offering in-person programs at this time. Instead, we are offering dial-in and virtual conferencing options. Please contact us at or via our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 with questions.

Developmental Disabilities Supportive Services ProgramThe Dementia and Disabilities Supportive Services Program (DDSSP) offers free educational programming and behavioral consultations to agencies and individuals caring for people with developmental disabilities and dementia or those at risk for developing dementia. This program offers:

  • Educational presentations for family and professional caregivers
  • Consultations to help manage distressing behavior changes
  • Information on community resources

DDSSP Behavior Management Consultations

DDSSP – Behavior Management Consultations offer the latest techniques in dementia and disability support to help prevent and respond to distressing and disruptive behaviors such as anger and agitation, refusing care, sleep disturbances, eating changes, restlessness, repetitive behaviors, and delusions or hallucinations.

DDSSP Education Programs and Webinars

The DDSSP offers a variety of education programs via webinar throughout Michigan.
DDSSP Service Area
In a non-COVID world, DDSSP services are available in-person in the orange counties above. 
The Michigan Chapter's professional dementia care train the trainer program Dementia-Informed Support: A Training Curriculum for Developmental Disability Professionals is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association® for successfully incorporating the evidence-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in the following topic areas: Alzheimer’s and dementia, person-centered care, assessment and care planning, activities of daily living, and behaviors and communication. Providers who train their staff with Dementia Informed Support are eligible to purchase the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® certification. Learn more at


To learn more or to schedule DDSSP services, please call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or email us at