Fallin Appoints 11 to Investigative Committee

Mar 21, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed 11 members to a committee she created to study a growing waiting list of Oklahomans seeking services for developmental disabilities.

Fallin appointed the Blue Ribbon Panel for Developmental Disabilities on Thursday. She created the committee by executive order and announced its formation last month at the Governor's Conference on Developmental Disabilities in Norman.

There are almost 60,000 men, women and children with intellectual disabilities in Oklahoma. The state currently has a waiting list of more than 7,000 people requesting services from the state's Developmental Disabilities Service Division.

Fallin says the committee will develop a comprehensive plan to support individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, including addressing the state's waiting list and how best to deliver high-quality services to Oklahomans with disabilities.