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.                                            

Our latest survey of executive compensation of corporate providers of services to the developmentally disabled

Summary Chart

Vendor survey summary chart 1.22.15

We reviewed the federal tax forms for some 300 state-funded, corporate providers in Massachusetts, most of which provide residential and day services to persons with developmental disabilities.  Our survey shows that more than 600 executives employed by these providers form a layer of corporate bureaucracy that is costing taxpayers in the vicinity of $100 million a year in salaries and benefits.

For the complete survey chart, click here.  Read our blog post for a fuller explanation of this issue.


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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.