Chapter 688 (better known as the "Turning 22" law) was enacted in 1984 to provide a planning process for young adults with severe disabilities as they leave special education and transition into the adult service system. Every year, we transition hundreds of young people into our adult service system.
Highlights the number of Turning 22 individuals served by DDS and the types of services provided to them within the fiscal year.
- FY14 Turning 22 Legislative Report file size 1MB
- FY13 Turning 22 Legislative Report
- FY11 Turning 22 Legislative Report (PDF)
- FY10 Turning 22 Legislative Report (PDF)
- FY09 Turning 22 Legislative Report (PDF)
- FY08 Turning 22 Legislative Report (PDF)
- FY07 Turning 22 Legislative Report (PDF)
- The Road Forward - A Guide to Transition Planning 2013 file size 1MB
- The Massachusetts Autism Commission Final Report 2013
- A Guide to Chapter 688 - EOHHS/DESE guide provides an overview of the Ch. 688 transition process
- Chapter 688 and DDS Adult Eligibility (RTF)
This tool provides helpful information to gather in preparation for DDS adult eligibility
- School Days to Pay Days - An Employment Planning Guide for Families (PDF)
An Employment Planning Guide for Families
- Task Force Findings on DDS Medically Intensive Turning 22 Consumers (2MB Word) file size 1MB examines the emerging needs of DDS Turning 22 young adults who require ongoing intensive medical supports.
- Transition from School to Adult Life
This site from DESE provides helpful guidance on transition for both the student and their family
- MASSCAP FAQs
This information is provided by the Department of Developmental Services.