Dave Richard, Exec. Dir. of The Arc of NC, to become head of DMHDDSAS

On May 26th, Dave Richard, The Arc of NC’s Executive Director since 1989, will resign his position to become the Director of North Carolina’s Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disability, and Substance Abuse Services (DMHDDSAS).

The Arc of North Carolina, established in 1953, is an advocacy and service organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides community services for over 2,000 individuals and has 30 affiliated chapters throughout North Carolina. The Arc is also one of the largest housing developers and property management organizations for people with disabilities in North Carolina with over 2,400 people living in community-based properties managed or owned by The Arc.

During Dave’s tenure, The Arc built upon its long history of advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, as well as providing direct supports for people with I/DD.  His commitment to person-centered supports positioned The Arc of NC to become a leader in services.  In partnership with the state and a Local Management Entity, The Arc established the first successful self-determination project (TriAlliance) in 1991.  The Arc also took the lead in the development of self-directed services through the Choices (formerly Employer of Record) program. Under Dave’s guidance, The Arc became the largest provider of case management services in the state, a decision made by the board of directors who believed that case management was the service that most closely reflected The Arc’s core mission of advocacy.

Ann Balogh, President of The Arc of NC, said “Dave has been a strong leader for The Arc of NC and for people with I/DD in North Carolina for the past two decades. His leadership will be missed at The Arc. Still, we are pleased to see someone with his talents and commitment to people with disabilities taking the reins of the DMHDDSAS. We believe his leadership will bring new energy and stability to the state’s system for people with disabilities.”

“I have been blessed to have the opportunity to serve as The Arc’s Executive Director for the past 24 years,” said Richard. “It is an incredible organization that is sustained through the extraordinary commitment and vision of its volunteer leaders. Coupled with an equally talented set of staff leaders, I have no doubt that The Arc will continue to provide quality advocacy and services in the years to come.”

In regards to his new role, Richard said “I look forward to the challenge of working in state government to improve the systems that support people with mental illness, developmental disabilities and those with addictive disorders.”

Richard will officially resign from The Arc of North Carolina on May 26th and begin his responsibilities with the DMHDDSAS on May 27th. During his final days with The Arc, he will be working with the board and Interim Executive Director Lisa Poteat on transition issues. He will not take part in any policy or programmatic decisions relating to the DMHDDSAS during this time.

For more information, contact Ben Akroyd, Assistant Director of Communications, at (919) 782-4632 or [email protected].

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