The July 2016 COFAR Voice
Our July 2016 issue of The COFAR Voice newsletter is now online, with stories about:
- The passage by the Legislature of a “dismal” budget for DDS programs in the just-begun 2017 fiscal year.
- DDS data that show that a statistically higher number of developmentally disabled people died in the community residential system in 2013 than in 2008.
- Families winning a major victory this past spring in the form of a decision by the Supreme Judicial Court that boosted their rights in guardianship proceedings. But families suffered a setback when the Legislature once again scuttled a bill that would have given parents priority for consideration in appointments of guardians.
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.