Date Published: November 2, 2016

Dr. Danielle Nance has been named director of clinical operations at Damar Services, a nonprofit organization that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. A psychologist, Dr. Nance will lead Damar’s new Stabilization, Assessment & Transition (SAT) program, which consists of  a 20-bed short-term diagnostic and treatment unit that provides emergency placement and services for children who find themselves in traumatic situations.

With this program, Damar will have the ability to provide immediate admission to children up to age 17 any time of the day or night, seven days a week. Once children are admitted, they receive care and assessments for up to 60 days that address immediate needs and set the stage for understanding their best longer-term options.

“The need across the state for this type of program has grown exponentially, and Damar is an obvious place for the program due to the high-quality services already in place,” said Dr. Nance. “I’m happy to be able to join Damar in helping Hoosier children and families by providing respite from traumatic situations and beginning a healing and growing process.”

Prior to joining Damar, Dr. Nance worked for Corizon Healthcare and provided administrative and clinical oversight of several mental health units of the Indiana Department of Corrections. She also worked in private practice and conducted comprehensive psychological and trauma-informed assessments for children referred by the Indiana Department of Child Services and Probation. Earlier in her career, she was at Youth Opportunity Center in Muncie, where she served as director of secure treatment unit and, later, director of internship coordination.

As a volunteer, Dr. Nance is active with the Indiana Association of Juvenile Sex Offender Practitioners. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. She resides in Noblesville.

About Damar Services, Inc.
For nearly 50 years, Damar Services has been a leader in providing services to children and adults challenged by autism and intellectual, developmental and behavioral disabilities. From its main campus on Indianapolis’ southwest side, a northeast side clinic and other locations across the state, Damar offers residential and community-based treatment, outpatient behavioral health services and ABA Autism Services by Damar. In addition, Damar operates two schools and provides foster care services. For more information, visit

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