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Commissioner Jane Ryder's Letter to Families Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Guidance 

1/13/2021 Department of Developmental Services

DDS plans for making vaccinations available to DDS individuals and the staff who care for them.

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DDS Adult Long Term Residential (ALTR) Services 2021 

1/11/2021 Department of Developmental Services

DDS reviewed the pricing methodology of ALTR services and has developed a new and simplified rate structure for 2021 to reduce administrative burdens for providers and DDS.

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Caregiver Appreciation Series 2021 

1/06/2021 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

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Self- Directed Supports Information Session 2021 

1/06/2021 Department of Developmental Services

Please join us for an interactive discussion about expanding choices and control in your life through Self- Directed Supports

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"Spectrum of Sound" Virtual Choir of Autism Self-Advocates Performs "Lean on Me" Cover 

1/04/2021 Department of Developmental Services

Virtual choir Spectrum of Sound performed a cover of Bill Wither's "Lean on Me."

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COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Initiative 

1/04/2021 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.

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Commissioner Ryder's December Message to Families  

12/18/2020 Department of Developmental Services

Commissioner Ryder’s message to families regarding the recent vaccine news and the recent surge of COVID-19 cases.

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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

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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.

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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,

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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

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Commissioner Jane Ryder Thanks Direct Support Professionals 

9/18/2020 Department of Developmental Services

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Watch Commissioner Jane Ryder Speak at Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Annual Conference 

8/14/2020 Department of Developmental Services

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress hosted their annual conference virtually. Watch DDS Commissioner Jane Ryder's opening remarks on perserverence and dedication.

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DDS Releases Updated Guidance on Visitation to Residential Programs 

7/02/2020 Department of Developmental Services

See Commissioner Jane Ryder's announcement on the updated visitation to residential programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus Update for Individuals and Families (June 24) 

6/24/2020 Department of Developmental Services

Updated COVID-19 guidance and information for DDS individuals and families

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