DESE/DDS Program Open Interest Period 2023

The DESE/DDS Residential Prevention Program is a collaboration between the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for DDS-eligible students who are at risk of a future residential placement. 

The program provides students and their families:

  • The chance to have in-home supports including senior level therapists and skills trainers
  • A dedicated navigator agency to identify and hire staff
  • Life-long skills development
  • Opportunities to practice skills in their home setting and community

This Open Interest period is offered to refresh the list of interested students and families. The DESE/DDS Residential Prevention Program is near capacity; however, new participants are added from the Interest List as spaces become available.

The DESE/DDS Residential Prevention Program has moved to an online submission process. Please complete the online Open Interest Form here.

If you choose to use the paper Open Interest Form, it must be downloaded, saved, and emailed to

All Open Interest Forms must be postmarked, received by email, or filled out in the online form by March 31, 2023.

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