As of July 1, 2022, the WDA Foundation’s Donated Dental Services (DDS) program has joined forces with Dental Lifeline Network (DLN), a national charitable organization whose mission is the same as our Wisconsin program, to improve the oral health of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. DLN accomplishes its mission by developing and coordinating collaborative relationships that provide essential resources for direct-service programs, especially charitable care. The majority of state Donated Dental Services programs throughout the country are associated with DLN.
DDS volunteers in Wisconsin will not notice a change in operations. Our local coordinator, Mary Beth Berres, remains your contact for the program and she will continue to screen and place patients for oral care. In addition, she will continue to work with your office and with dental laboratories throughout the treatment process. The primary reason for the change is to update and improve our local DDS program infrastructure, specifically related to its internal database management.