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DPPC Receives the First-ever ACL Federal Grant Specifically Designated to Improve States’ Adult Protective Services (APS) Systems

The Disabled Persons Protection Commission (“DPPC”) is pleased to announce that it is one of 11 state agencies nationwide to be awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living. This two-year, $300,000 grant, will allow DPPC to improve the adult protective services (“APS”) system in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. DPPC’s project, titled “Improving the Well-Being of Persons with Disabilities through a Multidisciplinary Partnership,” creates a collaboration between DPPC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Riverside Community Care, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, Jane Doe, Inc. and the Hampden District Attorney Office. This partnership will work to improve the overall experiences, health, well-being and outcomes of sexual assault victims with developmental disabilities by improving access to effective trauma-informed services from Massachusetts rape crisis centers. DPPC is excited to work with its collaborators to continue to improve the lives of persons with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth.

Awareness & Action

The Awareness and Action curriculum was developed by persons with disabilities in partnership with the Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative (BPI). The curriculum, film and accompanying materials were created to educate persons with disabilities and others about the difficult subject matter of abuse committed against persons with disabilities.

The Awareness & Action curriculum, taught by persons with disabilities and others, introduces the abuse of persons with disabilities through five powerful video vignettes, a PowerPoint slide presentation, group activities, skits and worksheets. The comprehensive three-hour training closely examines how to recognize, report and respond to five different types of abuse — physical, sexual, neglect, verbal and financial. At the end of the three-hour training, participants take home reporting and learning materials which include a backpack, state and local resources and more. An Awareness & Action DVD of Abuse Stories and participant workbook are also provided to agencies and individuals interested in follow-up training.

The Awareness & Action training is intended for persons with disabilities, support staff, family members, social service agencies working with people with disabilities, health care professionals, educators and other professionals

For more information or to schedule training, please contact Jennifer Edwards-Hawkins:
email: Jennifer.Edwards-Hawkins@State.MA.US
phone: 617-727-6465 x211