The March 2018 COFAR Voice
Our March 2018 issue of The COFAR Voice newsletter is now online, with stories about:
- Whether the Legislature’s Children and Families Committee will listen to families in its ongoing review of care in DDS-funded group homes,
- The continuing failure of the Judiciary Committee to act on a bill that would boost family rights in guardianship cases,
- How the governor’s budget for the coming fiscal year continues to short-change state-operated group homes and other state-run DDS programs,
- How the state’s story keeps changing as to why the Barr family has been banned from all contact with their developmentally disabled daughter.
and much more.
We’ve updated our Advocacy Guide
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the complexities of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) system in Massachusetts, or if you simply want more information about matters relating to the care of your loved ones in the system, we hope our Advocacy Guide can help. In it, you will find both tips and advice on care and services, eligibility issues, Individual Support Plans, guardianship, and other issues.
COFAR constructed this guide as part of our mission of providing advocacy information and advice to families and guardians of those with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, wherever they may live.
As of March 2016, we have updated the Guide to reflect changes in DDS regulations, and have added new information on issues ranging from guardianship to getting SSI and Medicaid benefits.
You can access the updated Guide by clicking here. We welcome your feedback!
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.