The January 2017 COFAR Voice
Our January 2017 issue of The COFAR Voice newsletter is now online, with stories about:
- The bleak outlook for the DDS budget for Fiscal 2018
- How a family has been banned for more than a year from all contact with a young woman in the DDS system
- Changes proposed by DDS in regulations on restraints and behavioral modification techniques that appear to make those rules more vague
- Publication of a gritty and compelling book on the life of Donald Vitkus, a survivor of the former Belchertown State School. The book was written by Ed Orzechowski, a COFAR board member and president of the Advocacy Network.
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.