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Suzzanne Freeze

Project Manager

Bachelors, Sociology, Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio
Masters, Public Policy and Management, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Suzzanne has been with the ICI since 2006 as a project manager with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. With a focus on real jobs in the community for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, Suzzanne manages the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), participates on NextSTEP- the Service to Employment Project, assists with the National Center for Community-Based Services, and builds new business opportunities for the ICI.

Suzzanne has been involved with the disability field her entire life. She began her professional career with the State of Ohio and served for thirteen years in various roles at the Department of Developmental Disabilities. Through her work in the areas of quality management, disability policy and Medicaid funding, she traveled to and became familiar with federal regulations, state policies and procedures, and the services and operations in Ohio's 88 county boards of mr/dd. Suzzanne is a strong believer in the efficient use of public dollars while acknowledging and supporting quality-of-life outcomes for individuals and families. Her career focus illustrates this commitment through assisting state DD agencies to match their walk with their talk.

ICI publications by Suzzanne Freeze

Oklahoma’s Outcomes-based Rate Setting System 

Promising practices: Oklahoma (1/2009)

Delaware's Early Start to Supported Employment Pilot Project

The Early Start to Supported Employment (ESSE) pilot started in 2005 with the goal of providing a more seamless transition for students who would benefit from supported employment services when leaving school and entering the adult workforce. An interagency project team was established to guide the pilot work and ensure all required parties knew their role and shared information and equal responsibility within the project.

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities