As a parent of an adult son who has Down Syndrome, Rosalie Edes has been a well-known advocate for high quality community-based person-centered services for more than 30 years. She was instrumental in developing the EI Family Rights Program, the EI Parent Leadership program, the Family TIES parent-to-parent network and oversaw the statewide care coordination system for children with special health care needs.
She also served as both Deputy and Assistant Secretary for Disability Policies and Programs at the Executive Office of Health & Human Services, where she oversaw the work of the four disability agencies (DDS, MRC, MCB & MCDHH), was a key player in the development of Home & Community Based Waiver Services, and coordinated the statewide Autism and Brain Injury Commissions.
Rosalie was Executive Director of two provider agencies: Minute Man Arc for Human Services in Concord for eight years and Cape Abilities in Hyannis for four years. Most recently, she worked as the Long Term Services and Supports Program Manager for Commonwealth Care Alliance’s One Care and Senior Care Options Programs.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, a M.S. in Counseling from Fitchburg State University and a C.A.G.S. in School Psychology from Anna Maria College.
Rosalie is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with individuals and families to help them develop meaningful services and supports.