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The September 2015 COFAR Voice  

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

  • COFAR’s defense on social media of the Pacheco Law and its oversight of the privatization of public services.
  • New data from DDS showing that few, if any persons waiting for DDS services have gained admission to state-run group homes since 2008.
  • The state Public Records Division has ordered an in-camera review of an investigative report sought by COFAR on the death of an intellectually disabled man.
  • Key requirements were dropped from a DDS contract with a private firm hired to manage services under the state’s Real Lives law.

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

COFAR weighs in on social media debate over Pacheco Law

In blog posts and on Twitter, COFAR has defended the Pacheco Law, which requires a demonstrated cost savings before state services can be privatized.

Read our latest blog post about this law, which is under attack by the administration and by organizations that we believe are seeking to privatize DDS and other services without sufficient oversight.

Our defense of the Pacheco Law was recognized by CommonWealth magazine and by Blue Mass Group! 


 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.