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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. 

ACTIVISTS LOOK TO TURN TIDE ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES FUNDING   By Katie Lannan  STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 22, 2016...Two months before Gov. Charlie Baker files his fiscal 2018 budget proposal, advocates for people with developmental disabilities made an early ask on Tuesday, calling on Baker to increase funding for day services and work programs for adults.  As... more
ACA - COMMON CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS FOR SOCIAL SERVICES PROVIDERS On December 19th, ADDP Gold Level Business Member, Brown & Brown of MA will offer ADDP members a free presentation that will focus on the unique impact healthcare reform has had on social services providers. more
The fine art of Edward Bloom is coming to a wall near you. The 56-year-old from Maynard will soon be featured on the cover of the 2017 Legislative Calendar for the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers thanks to his victory in the organization’s annual Calendar Contest. Bloom, who attends NuPath’s New Boston Street program in Woburn, MA beat out a talented field of men and women... more
As the impending change in Administrations approach, some members of the disability community have questioned whether to expect a major shift in the manner in which the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services conducts its business. With regard to the CMS Final Rule on Community Settings, the federal government may have sent a signal that its movement towards community inclusion will continue into... more
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services announces its five-year Medicaid 1115 waiver has been approved by CMS The announcement from MassHealth Innovations stated the following:  "Dear Colleagues,  more
New Guidance Likely to Impact Massachusetts FY 18 Budget Planning On October 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a "Statement of the Department of Justice on (the) Application of the Integration Mandate of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead v. L.C. to State and Local Governments' Employment Service Systems for Individuals with Disabilities", providing... more
ADDP's Calendar Contest, open to all individuals within ADDP member organizations, was held to find the cover artwork of the 2017 Legislative Calendar. We recieved so many wonderful submissions, and a big THANK YOU is in order to all those who participated in the Calendar Contest!  Without any further ado, ADDP would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Ed Bloom of NuPath, Inc. whose... more
Toss Up, Landslide, Wave Election or Record Setting?     Massachusetts voters have until the end of this week to early vote or perform their patriotic duty on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  Whatever the outcome, it's likely to keep folks up late that night celebrating or adjusting to the outcome.  Though there are no statewide officials up for election in the Commonwealth, all State... more
AANE WORKSHOP: ASPERGER/AUTISM OVERVIEW UNDERSTANDING & MEETING THE NEEDS OF AUTISTIC ADULTS WITHOUT INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY Tuesday, November 1, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Framingham, MA DUE TO THE HIGH DEMAND OF THE SOLD OUT TRAINING, WHICH TOOK PLACE ON 10/21/16, WE ARE REPEATING IT. Don't miss out again! more
Budget Struggles, Complying with Federal Rules, Adjusting to New Methods Will Require Leadership & Cooperation As the Baker Administration begins drafting its FY 2018 budget recommendations, there will be several challenges including: more