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When decisions are being discussed in the state and federal governments that affect the disability community, it’s vital to be informed and prepared. Regular meetings and collaboration with decision-makers at DDS, MRC, MassHealth and other administration officials, help ADDP and our members become heavily informed and influential on the issues affecting our community. Through our consistent communication with our members, issue-driven committees, professional development workshops, and work with expert consultants, ADDP is THE SOURCE for receiving news, information, and education on timely issues. 

FY17 Budget forces 5% program cuts, advocates seek support for Supplemental Budget Request Major program changes have been changing the face of I/DD services, including the closing of all DDS Sheltered Workshops, with the affirmative intent of moving participants into more inclusive  and more costly Community Based Day Supports and Supported Employment Programs.  However, the programs meant to... more
Huge system changes at the federal and state level have the capacity to completely reset how human services are delivered Though they come from different political parties, one thing that Governor Charlie Baker and President Barack Obama share is an interest in system reform and outcomes improvement.  No where is this more evident than in their Administrations joint work on Medicaid Reform.  Key... more
Governor Charlie Baker & Senator Elizabeth Warren have once again proclaimed the second week of September to be  ‘‘National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.’’ more
Calling all Artists!  ADDP is holding a contest which will determine the cover artwork of the 2017 Legislative Calendar. All individuals within ADDP member organizations are eligible to enter. Entry Details: Submit artwork, along with a photo and a short 250-word biography of the artist, by October 26th, 2016.  Email all submission materials to Sarah Flynn at sarahflynn@addp.org more
EMPLOYMENT BLUEPRINT SEEN AS GREAT PLAN, WITH SLOW FOLLOW THROUGH  GOVERNOR BAKER CAN KEEP THE PROMISE OF COMMUNITY IN FY 18 Over the last four years, Massachusetts I/DD programs have been held up as a national model regarding planning, goals, objectives and well thought out public policy, as evidenced by the State's Blueprint for Success, Employing Individuals with I/DD.  For advocates and... more
MassHealth Seeks Third Party Administrator to Oversee LTSS Utilization, Authorization and Eligibilty In a year when Mass Health administrators are seeking to "re-boot" its' system to improve quality of care and, hopefully, decrease the rate of growth in the annual cost of care for Members through enhanced care coordination, the State is now seeking to retain a Third Party Administrator (TPA) to... more
CMS Rules Managed Care Organizations Will Be Required to Implement HCBS Final Rule on Community Settings As every state works to have it's Home and Community Based Services Transition Compliance Plan accepted by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services, only one state has won formal approval.  That state is Tennessee, which utilizes managed care. ... more
CMS and Massachusetts Transition Plan Will Require Major Service Delivery Change and Improvements While many state health and human service leaders have been focusing on the state's movement to managed care and accountable care organizations, another major revolution has been underway at the direction of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid... more
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SEXUALITY IN THE FIELD OF DISABILITIES?  ADDP WILL HOST A TRAINING WHICH WILL PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS OF SEXUALITY IN THE DD COMMUNITY.  WHY ATTEND?  This presentation seeks to open the discussion about the role of sexuality in the field of developmental disabilities and provide a foundation for understanding, the utilization of appropriate... more
  Former Federal Disability Official to Lead Study Effort   more