Legislative Priorities

Policy Priorities 2019-20

Workforce
HD 1130 An Act relative to meeting the human services workforce demand
Representative Denise Garlick
Senator Barry Finegold
This bill establishes additional rate setting requirements for all human services inclusive of state purchase of services and
MassHealth state plan supports and services.

Nicky’s Law
HD 3783 An Act An act to protect persons with intellectual or developmental disability from abuse
Representative Linda Campbell
SD 1836 An Act An act to protect persons with intellectual or developmental disability from abuse
Senator Mike Moore
This bill establishes a registry of care providers substantiated of abuse of an individual with autism or intellectual and developmental
disabilities within the DDS system. The bill will prevent serial abuse and addresses due process for care providers.

Operation House Call
HD 3710 An Act supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Representative Carolyn Dykema
SD 752 An Act supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Senator Jason Lewis
This bill established an accredited certification program for medical professionals focusing on best practices in healthcare for
individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Autism Police Training
HD 3434 An Act relative to criminal justice training regarding autistic persons
Representative Paul Tucker
SD 1285 An Act relative to criminal justice training regarding autistic persons
Senator Mike Moore
This bill will require training of law enforcement officers and correction officers in the commonwealth in appropriate and safe
interactions with persons on the autism spectrum.

Accessory Housing
HD 593 An Act relative to accessory dwelling units
Representative Christine Barber
SD 1914 An act relative to accessory dwelling units
Senator Bruce Tarr
This bill would allow the development and preservation of affordable housing for persons with disabilities and the elderly. It is
designed to encourage creation accessory dwelling units in the form of 2 bedroom accessory apartments for people with disabilities and the elderly.

MAICEI
HD 1026 An Act creating higher education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, autism, and other developmental disabilities who have exited special education
Representative Sean Garballey
SD 1259 An Act creating higher education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, autism, and other developmental disabilities who have exited special education
Senator Joan Lovely & Michael Rodriques
This bill allows persons with autism or I/DD to access the Commonwealth’s state colleges and universities to gain skills necessary to work and live as independently as possible as adults.

Budget Priorities 2020

DDS 5920-2025 Community Day/Work (Increase $3.3 Million) $236,263,699

Funding to address changing needs and staff ratios; 895 new graduates need supports and 300+ need additional supports.

DDS 5920-3020 Autism Omnibus (Increase $3.3million) $27,452,968

Turning 22 addresses new graduates, but older adults are not funded; 381 waiting for supports