NCCDD mourns the passing of Council Member Steve Jordan of DHHS
The NCCDD mourns the passing of Council Member Steve Jordan, 49, who served as director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. An active bicyclist, Jordan was fatally struck as he pedaled along a Raleigh area highway.
In expressing sadness and sympathy for his family, friends and coworkers, Holly Riddle, the Council’s executive director, said, “He approached his job with a passion that came from the heart, listening
carefully to self-advocates and families; using a sense of humor and self-deprecation to put people at ease; and sharing his thoughts candidly and openly.”
Noting that he arrived to lead North Carolina through a systems change of near monumental proportions, Riddle said he was pivotal in setting a new course for the State’s community services for people with
intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). This course sets a future where “all people with I/DD are respected, valued contributing members of their communities,” she said.
“Steve was a passionate advocate for the citizens of North Carolina, said Al Delia, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Citing his passion for life and work in the community, Delia said, “We have lost a friend, colleague, leader and a man of character in Steve Jordan.” See commemorative letter from the NCCDD executive director (doc).