The Registry bill was filed by our dedicated sponsors, Senator Michael Moore and Representative Linda Dean Campbell, and made excellent progress in the 190th legislative session. It passed through the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities and it passed unanimously through the Senate Ways and Means Committee. As the bill came to house consideration, some parties raised concerns about due process for those accused. Negotiations resulted in a revised bill filed as H101 for the 191st legislative session (2019-2020). The Registry will be overseen by the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC).
The legislature fully supported the Governor’s budget recommendation and added $17,850,000 to them for a total increase of $165.85 million. Legislators heard our concerns about the gaps in the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) line items including Family Support, Community Day and Employment, Transportation, Autism Omnibus, and the Autism Children’s Waiver, increasing funds for these services. In addition, Residential Services received a significant increase for unmet needs, the updated Turning 22 formula continued, and Mass Concurrent Enrolment dollars also grew.