A social worker and public servant with over 30 years of experience in his field, Stan Butkus has provided many opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to live more productive and independent lives. In his one of his first roles, Butkus served as a house parent, and held other early responsibilities including planning and residential management. Stan Butkus continued to work with people who had disabilities, and eventually became the Regional Administrator for the former State of Maine Bureau of Mental Retardation offices in Kennebec and Somerset Counties (now known as the Office of Adults with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities Services). Butkus designed and co-wrote the first Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver program in Maine, which allowed adults with cognitive impairments to receive state funding and services while living outside of institutional settings.
In 1986, Stan Butkus moved to Virginia to direct the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse’s Office of Mental Retardation Services in Richmond. In his new position, he began another waiver program similar to what he had established in Maine. Butkus also worked as the Director of the Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights. While at the center, he introduced an innovative “money-follows-the-person” approach that allowed many residents to move out of the facility and into community living arrangements.
From Virginia, Stan Butkus moved on to South Carolina, where he took charge of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs in Columbia. As Director, Butkus introduced person-centered approaches, arranged for capitation funding, and strengthened quality assurance and accountability. He promoted an Employment First policy that improved job opportunities for people with disabilities.
Stan Butkus most recently directed the Metro Developmental Disabilities Services Office in New York City. In Manhattan and the Bronx he focused on improving employment opportunities, creating more family-like living options, and strengthening quality oversight. Butkus was also involved in local and statewide efforts to develop new systems of crisis intervention, stabilization, and prevention for adults and families with intellectual impairments. He led The Quality Design team for New York's managed care waiver.