COFAR submits testimony in support of family rights bill

COFAR submitted testimony on June 24 to the state Legislature’s Judiciary Committee in support of H. 1459, a bill requiring that probate court judges presume a spouse or parent is the proper person to be the guardian of an incapacitated person.

Read our blog post about this bill, which would boost the right of family members to participate in the decision making regarding their loved ones with developmental disabilities.  You can read our full testimony here.

The April 2015 COFAR Voice  

Our April 2015 issue of The COFAR Voice newsletter is now online, with stories about:

  • The largely futile, annual struggle of the Disabled Persons Protection Commission for adequate funding to enable it to investigate abuse and neglect in the DDS system.
  • The funding outlook for DDS state-run programs and services in Governor Baker’s FY ’16 budget.
  • Proposed new DDS regulations that will reduce oversight of corporate residential service providers.
  • Our questions about payments made to a financial management company under the new Real Lives law

You can find the new newsletter here and on our newsletters page.                                            


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Our Mission

COFAR is a statewide, nonprofit organization that advocates for choice in, and access to comprehensive and high-quality care for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Through the efforts of our family members and volunteers, we advocate for adequate funding and staffing for residential and other programs provided by the Department of Developmental Services.  We also provide advocacy information and advice to families and guardians of those with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, wherever they may live.

COFAR is affiliated with The Advocacy Network and The Wrentham Association, nationally with VOR.