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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. 

The following is a joint statement issued this week by the following trade organizations: Association for Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (ABH), Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, Inc. (ADDP), Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps), and Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc. (Providers’ Council). more
ADDP’s Annual Membership Meeting was held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, MA. Over 140 attendees from ADDP provider members throughout Massachusetts attended, as well as 11 ADDP Business Members who manned exhibit tables and met with members before and during the meeting. more
ADDP is pleased to report that Governor Baker signed the FY 2020 State Budget yesterday without vetoing any spending measures. An unprecedented act, this may be the first time in modern Massachusetts history that a Governor has signed a budget without spending vetoes. When questioned, Governor Baker responded that given the fact that the State is flush with cash, there was no need to cut the... more
Yesterday, the Conference Committee released its budget. Overall, the budget is positive, and good news is that most line items affecting our members mirror the budget request advocated by ADDP and its membership. The Conference Committee is made up of three House and three Senate members, including but not limited to Senate Ways/Means Chairperson Michael Rodrigues and House Ways/Means... more
Hey, artists: ADDP needs you! ADDP is kicking off production on its 2020 legislative calendar project and is searching for an artistic depiction of this year's calendar theme: teamwork and working together. What does this theme mean to you? What does it look like? How would you artistically describe it? The winner will: have his/her artwork displayed on the cover of ADDP's 2020 legislative... more
ADDP representatives, board members, member agencies, families, and individuals had their voices heard at today's Architectural Access Board (AAB) public hearing in response to the controversial question whether DDS group homes should be defined as public buildings. For some providers who have undergone group home building renovations in the last year or two, the AAB has expected those group... more
Today, the House Ways and Means Committee released its FY'20 budget. Overall, its recommendation is good news for developmental disability service providers, as well as the individuals and families served in the community. As compared to Governor Baker's FY'20 budget recommendation, the House Ways and Means Committee increased spending for the line items we care about by $11.3 million. The House... more
On March 20, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Statewide Advisory Council (SAC) hosted a celebration at the Massachusetts State House, which honored several individuals and teams working for providers of intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD) services, including many ADDP members. The celebration, entitled Highlighting DDS’ “Aging with IDD Initiatives,”... more
BOSTON– Members of the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers joined state lawmakers, service providers, family members and advocates to discuss their legislative priorities for the year ahead at the Association’s annual Legislative Luncheon on Wednesday, January 23. "We come here each year to celebrate our collective mission of supporting Massachusetts' most vulnerable individuals... more
The ADDP 2019 LEAD! Conference provides space for professionals and advocates in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) community, as well as autism and brain injury field, to hear the latest ideas, trends, practices, and policies impacting services; engage in discussions to generate new solutions; and network. more

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