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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. 

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS! The LEAD! Conference on April 12, 2018 at the DCU Center in Worcester will provide space for professionals and advocates in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) community to hear the latest ideas, trends, practices, and policies impacting services; engage in discussions to generate new solutions; and network. ADDP invites you to participate in its... more
ADDP submitted comments to the HCBS Waiver Unit on the proposed ABI and MFP waiver renewal applications. We appreciate flexibility added to day services, but have concerns that related rates are inadequate to meet the CMS’ Community Rule and that services are not aligned across all waivers. For ADDP’s full testimony, please our advocacy page. more
  Contemporary Practices in DD Agency Leadership and Management Certificate The School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, UMass Boston in collaboration with ADDP, will be starting its second cohort for the Contemporary Practices in DD Leadership and Management Program this fall.  This program builds knowledge and skills of professionals to prepare them for success in senior executive... more
Calling all Artists!  ADDP is holding a contest which will determine the cover artwork of the 2018 ADDP Legislative Calendar. All individuals within ADDP member organizations are eligible to enter. Entry Details: Artists are asked to create original works of art depicting a famous Massachusetts landmark. Start planning your entry now! Take a look at the list below for inspiration! Massachusetts... more
Unsteady Revenue Produces More Cautious Budget The FY 18 Budget Conference Committee Report, posted this morning contains some areas of trimming for most program areas across the state as legislators and the governor were challenged to operate in a fiscally uncertain environment with revenue coming into the state not consistently meeting expectations. With regard to key DDS items, the Governor,... more
Speaking on Monday, June 12, 2017, to over 100 ADDP members, Rep. Joe Kennedy, III, called upon advocates to enlist their friends in other states to find one more Republican Senator to oppose the Trump/Ryan American Health Care Act, in order to protect Medicaid programs from over $800 Billion in cuts. more
This training will provide an overview of the CHW role, certification and training programs as they relate to the new Adult Foster Care (AFC) regulations permitting the use of CHWs as regular team members. It highlights the unique activities performed by CHWs and at the same time underscores how similar the role is to existing AFC care manager teams. The training also provides practical... more
ADDP ACO-MCO Training Learn what to expect from an ACO operating since 2013 Wednesday, July 12.......Assumption College, Worcester Learn about a Minnesota-based ACO, Altair, that focuses on new care paths for people with disabilities. Discussing its new program examples and person experiences, attendees will hear how to balance person focus with fiscal responsibilities that providers face today... more
The 52 year old Medicaid program will end if the Trump/Ryan American Health Care Act (AHCA) passes the Senate, intact with a mostly unknown and not understood provision that seeks to end Medicaid eligibility standards, instead making Medicaid into a block grant program and reducing it by over $880 Billion over the next 10 years. Medicaid, known as MassHealth in Massachusetts, is the source of... more
TO SAVE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE, MEDICAID & DISABILITY SERVICES SUPPORTERS MUST MAKE VOICES HEARD The Boston Globe By Adrian Walker Globe Columnist May 08, 2017 As the Cabinet secretary who guided the implementation of Obamacare, Kathleen Sebelius has firsthand experience with health care legislation. She was in shock last week as she watched events unfold on Capitol Hill. "I just find it... more