Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

The Department of Developmental Services provides supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder to enhance opportunities to become fully engaged members of their community.

Contact Us

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Address

DDS Central Office
500 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

Phone

Videophone (VP) (857) 366-4179

Who we serve

The Department’s mission is to create, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate fully in their communities and meaningfully engage as valued members.

DDS works with adults to connect them with an array of employment and day program supports, community living and other residential aid, and family support.

DDS works with children to provide family support and supplement educational services through specialized programs.

Services are individualized and planned using a person-centered approach. For a full listing of DDS services please refer to "See All Services".

Not sure which area or regional office serves your community? Check out our interactive map tool.

Recent news & announcements from Department of Developmental Services

  • News

    Holiday Visitation Guidance to Congregate Care Families (ASL) 

    11/23/2020 Department of Developmental Services

    DDS is offering this ASL interpretation of some considerations and recommendations on how to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones who reside in one of our residential programs

  • News

    COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Initiative 

    11/16/2020 Department of Developmental Services

    The Eviction Diversion Initiative (EDI) includes new programming and resources for tenants and landlords to avoid evictions and maintain household stability throughout the COVID-19 emergency.

  • News

    Holiday Visitation Letter to Congregate Care Families 

    11/16/2020 Department of Developmental Services

    As we begin the holiday season, the Commonwealth is offering some considerations and recommendations on how to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones who reside in one of our residential programs.

  • News

    Caregiver Appreciation Series 

    11/13/2020 Department of Developmental Services

    The Caregiver Appreciation Series that DDS is sponsoring in partnership with The Arc of Massachusetts will run from November 2020 through March 2021

  • News

    Rates for Adult Long-Term Residential Services 

    10/21/2020 Department of Developmental Services

    EOHHS has posted the proposed rates and regulation for Adult Long-Term Residential (ALTR) Services on its website,

  • News

    DDS Medicare Part D 2021 Update 

    10/02/2020 Department of Developmental Services

    Information about the 2020 Medicare Part D prescription plans and plan enrollment can be found here

Upcoming Events from Department of Developmental Services

No upcoming events scheduled

Locations of Department of Developmental Services

We have 28 DDS offices across Massachusetts to serve you.

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