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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. 

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
CMS Regulations direct states to provide inclusive residential, day and employment or lose HCBS funding Complying with the federal government's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Final Rule on Community Living, the Massachusetts Executive Office on Health and Human Services held a public hearing today, at the Worcester Public Library, to take input on the State's Transition Plan, which... more
FY 17 Employment Budget Shortfall Complicates and Strains Any Degree of Success The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is receiving national attention (see story below) from OPEN MINDS STATE PROFILES for it's July 1, 2016 closure of the state's sheltered workshops in accordance with best practice recommendations and policy directives of the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S.... more
States must meet the intent of CMS Final Rule on Community Living or Lose Medicaid Community Funding Massachusetts leaders have spent an enormous amount of time this past year with U.S. Health & Human Services/Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials seeking approval of the Commonwealth's Accountable Care Organization plan, which, if approved, could yield Massachusetts up... more
Intersection of Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and Disability Highlighted in Troubling Florida Incident For every person with a disability, their family members and loved ones, last week's Florida police shooting of an unarmed therapist/direct support professional doing his job, supporting a young man with autism, was horrifying on so many levels. It is every parent's worst nightmare;... more
    ADDP Gold Level Business Member, MobilityWorks Commercial, is the nation's largest provider of wheelchair accessible vehicles.   5 biggest challenges fleet owners face (and how they can help solve them) Owning a fleet of vehicles is expensive, especially if vehicles go unused.  MobilityWorks Commercial helps their customers by finding flexible solutions that meet the needs of your... more
  Contemporary Practices in DD Agency Leadership and Management Certificate     In developmental disability agencies across the Commonwealth, change is happening. Leaders have or are about to retire and new professionals are taking their place. Significant changes in federal and state policies mean that it is crucial for the next generation of leaders to be ready to perform. Apply Now     more
Shared Living Training Would you like to learn more about the Shared Living model from your colleagues who are currently providing this service?   ADDP is hosting a panel discussion comprised of current Shared Living providers who are representative of various regions and sizes of organizations throughout the Commonwealth. When registering, you will be asked to answer a few questions that will... more
WHAT'S EASIER? MEETING YOUR IN-LAWS OR AN ACO FOR THE FIRST TIME? Within the next few weeks, the Baker Administration will be submitting a proposal to the Center on Medicare and Medicaid Services on restructuring the Commonwealth's MassHealth (Medicaid) program to enable the state to move away from a fee for service platform into a managed care system known as Accountable Care Organizations (ACO... more