Leo’s Letter: What Makes A Home?

In this week’s Leo’s Letter, Leo provides an important update on a forthcoming hearing to be held regarding the status of family residences licensed by the Department of Developmental Services.

The Architectural Access Board (“AAB”) will hold a public hearing to solicit comments about whether community based residential programs that serve five or fewer individuals in homes situated in single or two-family residences and licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (“DDS”) should be considered “public buildings” as that term is defined by G.L. c. 22, § 13A, and thus subject to the provisions of 521 CMR. The AAB invites all interested parties to attend the public hearing and offer comments on this issue. The details of the public hearing are as follows.

Event: AAB Public Hearing on DDS Groups Homes
Date: Monday, June 17, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: 1 Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Conference Room 3, Boston, MA 02108
In addition to offering comments at the public hearing, interested parties may submit written comments on this issue until close of business, 5:00 pm EST, on Friday, June 21, 2019. Written comments may be submitted to the AAB via first class mail or electronic (e-mail) using the following contact information:

Architectural Access Board
Office of Public Safety and Inspections
Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington St., Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118

By email: Karen.Brann@mass.gov, William.Joyce@mass.gov, John.R.High@mass.gov

One Comment:

  1. Our daughter lives in a group home with 3 other women, who all require total care, supports, and assistance. It is a wonderful home, with excellent staff. Wheelchair accessible. The ladies have individual interests and activities. We are completely supportive of the home, staff and residents. The home is 17 years old. My daughter and another resident has lived there from the day it opened.
    There was an incident where two people walked into the home and asked if “ this is the Senior Center” which is down the street. We completely are against having our daughter’s home and any other group home identified as a public building. Why would this idea even come up?

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