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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. 

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
NOW ACCEPTING Award and continuing education scholarship applications! Nominate an employee at your agency who shines and deserves to be recognized at ADDP's LEAD! Conference for their hard work and success ADDP is seeking award applications for its conference, which will be held on April 12, 2018. Click on links below to access nomination packet, which includes selection criteria, how to submit... more
Mario Arnauz Bonds We think we fully comprehend that courage, creativity and determination are critical to our success. However, you will quickly see how much we all still have to learn about the innate power of these concepts when you hear the story of Mario Arnauz Bonds. Bonds is a multitalented motivational speaker and singer/songwriter. Made famous by NBC Universal's 2012 run of The Glee... more
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

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