Our history

Since 1991, DDMS has managed group homes for adults with intellectual disabilities. Today we provide stable, loving homes for more than 400 individuals in 6 states.

We employ professional staff, who are carefully screened and trained in our unique methods that have been proven and refined over two decades.

In all our years of experience, we’ve honed our methods and practices so we offer each individual a unique opportunity to acquire skills, experiences, employment and relationships to the maximum potential. And, we’ve learned maximum can be a lot more than previously thought.

Some of our individuals come to us from environments where they weren’t allowed much individuality or self-determination. When they experience our approach, they blossom. And that inspires us all.

We’re advocates.

Our individuals utilize a variety of public resources. Plus, they need medical care. They need friends and a social life in the communities where they live. They need employment that pays a fair wage.

These opportunities don’t just pop up out of nowhere. We have to create them. And that means we have to continually advocate.

We advocate for parents and legal guardians as they navigate the process to eligibility and placement.

We advocate to get local businesses to employ our individuals.

We advocate with the state to make sure they get services.

We advocate with community leaders so they’re welcomed as neighbors.

And, every day, our staff advocate for individuals to make sure they get the personal attention, support, guidance, nurturing, instruction and praise to live their best lives.

We’re accountants.

When we first began managing other people’s care homes, we immediately noticed that not all of them were on solid financial footing. As a result, some came and went very quickly, often leaving residents and staff in the lurch.

Our leaders are Certified Public Accountants. We believe sound financial policy and oversight are essential, so that we, and our future leaders, have funds to sustain the excellent quality of life in our homes.  Some residential “families” have been together for many years. It would be devastating for them to be suddenly separated and scattered.

Likewise, we set high standards for our professional staff. We must offer competitive compensation to attract the caliber of people we want (and you expect) and we have to encourage them to build a long-term career with us.

Because we take such good care of our money, we’re able to take better care of our individuals. It’s that simple.

Our Leadership

A Board of Directors, made up of 4 highly experienced professionals, governs DDMS.

Charles J. Nabit, CEO has been involved in the development, management and operation of various types of healthcare facilities and programs for over 3 decades.  He works closely with our senior management in the areas of strategic and financial planning, as well as overall development and operational strategies.  His educational background is in the field of law, having graduated with honors from the College of William and Mary School of Law.  His undergraduate degree is in English from the University of the South.

Terry Swatley, President is responsible for our daily operations for almost 3 decades.  He has skillfully guided us through growth and acquisitions, development of new opportunities and the expansion of existing programs.  He received his B.A. from the University of Memphis.  He received his CPA certificate in the State of Tennessee.  

Wayne T. Addison, Vice President is the Chief Operating Officer responsible for the operation of all facilities and programs managed by DDMS and its affiliates.  He received both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.  He also received his CPA certificate in the State of Tennessee.

Dan Scott, Treasurer is responsible for financial oversight of all corporate and managed facilities, including cash management, budgets, audits cost reports, etc.  Mr. Scott served as an audit manager for a public accounting firm and as CFO of a hospital prior to joining DDMS and its affiliates. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arkansas State and also holds a CPA certificate.