Mission and Background of TOPDD

The mission of the Texas Office for Prevention of developmental Disabilities is to minimize the losses caused by preventable disabilities especially fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and brain injury.

Established in 1989 by the Texas state legislature, TOPDD brings a broad range of non-profit organizations, state agencies, consumers and leaders from across the state to assess needs, develop effective solutions and build coordinated systems of care.  TOPDD is currently focusing on preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and brain injuries among Texas children.

TOPDD operates under the umbrella of HHSC, but is overseen by an independent executive committee.  Thus it combines the reach of state government with the oversight and expertise of Texas’ foremost leaders in prevention, developmental disabilities and public policy in a public-private partnership.

Through A Statewide Planning Model and Program Development, TOPDD:

  • Engages organizations to make the prevention of developmental disabilities a critical component of their mission.
  • Organizes state and private agencies from across the human services spectrum to work together to facilitate their ability to have a collective impact that they could never achieve by working alone.
  • Expands the capacity of organizations to actively prevent developmental disabilities through training and consultation services.
  • Identifies needs and resources through strategic planning around prevention that guide individual organizational and collaborative efforts, thus improving effectiveness and accountability.
  • Mobilizes diverse organizations to recognize 1) why it is important for them to tackle prevention, 2) how prevention fits into their work and 3) what needs to be done on a community, statewide and policy level.