In August of 2014, Governor Patrick signed into law three bills which reflect a transformative evolution of the DDS service delivery in Massachusetts.

Real Lives - creates a self-determination statute for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Autism Omnibus - expands the opportunity to many who need supports and services delivery in Massachusetts.

National Criminal Background Check - makes available access to a national database while checking the backgrounds of those hired to work directly with people served by DDS.