Our History

Beginnings as Dual Diagnosis Management

Dual Diagnosis Management (DDM), the predecessor of Ascend Management Innovations, originated in 1998 as a pioneer in designing innovative healthcare management solutions for programs serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health diagnoses. DDM quickly gained a national presence for its focus on evidence-based practices, including training, research initiatives, and integrated program methodologies.  In 2000, DDM established its Healthcare Management Division, which incorporated evidence-based practices into public sector healthcare management, including information technologies for integrating program requirements, quality improvement and management initiatives, service oversight, provider training, and managing healthcare datasets. 

Transition to Ascend Management Innovations

On May 16, 2007, five key members of DDM’s Healthcare Management leadership team purchased the Healthcare Management Division and the company became Ascend Management Innovations.

These five owners—who continue to lead Ascend today—are prominent innovators in their field and have extensive expertise managing large-scale national utilization review projects and specialized assessments.

Leading the Field

Today, Ascend is nationally recognized as a pioneer in serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health diagnoses, and complex physical and medical conditions.  We are the most experienced, highest quality provider in the country of PASRR, Supports Intensity Scale (SIS®), Inventory for Client and Agency Planning (ICAP), Utilization Review, and other specialty and standardized assessments.