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. 

As a result of the tireless efforts of several ADDP board members and staff, including Mike Hyland and Gail Brown, the second week of September is being proclaimed by Governor Baker and Senators Warren and Markey as DSP recognition week. Special thanks is owed to ADDP board member, Nancy Silver Hargreaves, for advancing this campaign over the past 8 years. more
Hey, artists: what does change mean to you? What does it look like? What does it feel like? How would you artistically describe it? ADDP is kicking off production on its 2019-2020 legislative calendar project and is searching for an artistic depiction that best speaks to this year's calendar theme: change. All individuals within ADDP member organizations are encouraged to submit original... more
The Senate Ways & Means Committee's recently released FY19 budget includes an additional $750,000 over Governor Charlie Baker's budget for the statewide head injury program and an additional $30,000 for services for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) who are aging. However, there are a number of areas of concern regarding the budget, which is why... more
The vast majority of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) line items in the recently released Massachusetts Senate Ways & Means budget are consistent with the budget Governor Charlie Baker proposed back in January 2018. The only exception is in line item 5920-3025, which funds aging with DD services and was increased by $30,000 over the Governor's budget. The Senate Ways & Means... more
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During his remarks to the capacity crowd of 820 at Worcester’s DCU Center, singer and inspirational speaker Mario Arnauz Bonds paused for a moment before breaking into his new song, “Steel.” “Know who you are,” he sang. “You are a star.” Bonds, the keynote speaker at the 2018 Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers LEAD! Conference on April 12, brought the crowd to its feet multiple... more
The Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP) is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Ellen Attaliades as its President and CEO effective May 21, 2018. ADDP is a major trade association representing 129 community-based providers across the state that serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, and brain... more
Morning Breakout Sessions 11:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M. MassHealth Updates Room A -- 1.1 Speakers: Daniel Tsai, Assistant Secretary of MassHealth, Medicaid Director - Executive Office of Health and Human Services Designed for: Management, Leadership, Administration, Clinical/Nursing more
ADDP’s Annual Legislative Luncheon on January 23, 2018 at the State House was a success. Over 250+ providers, advocates, and legislators joined to support the developmental disability community and discuss disability concerns. ADDP honored Senator Forry and Representative Haddad as Legislators of the Year for their continued support of the disability community. View pictures from the event. more
Governor Baker's recommended fiscal year 2019 budget released yesterday showed support for some of the programs of interest to our community. ADDP appreciates the proposed increased funding levels of Turning 22 and Adult Omnibus. The latter was increased in the FY'19 budget by almost $5 million. However, we have major concerns about the following three line items in which funding fell short and... more
Don't miss an opportunity to be recognized by hundreds of organizations, businesses, industry leaders, and decision makers! Participating will increase awareness of your products and services to over 850 attendees and express your organization's commitment to the human services community. Exhibit We have limited space available in 2018 so register early to reserve your preferred location.... more

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