Nicky’s Law: Registry History & Status Update (August 2019)

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). Continue reading

The Full Massachusetts FY 2020 State Budget Text Is Now Available Online

Massachusetts State House

The Governor and his administration initiated much of the additional funding with his budget blueprint in January. Since then, the House and the Senate 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. Continue reading