My name is David Kassel and I am Director of Communications for the Massachusetts Coalition of Families and Advocates (COFAR, Inc.), on whose behalf I often blog and cross-post on this site. I have also taught public budgeting, statistics, and program evaluation as an adjunct instructor at a number of local colleges and universities. I'm the author of "Managing Public Sector Projects," which is available on Amazon. My email is davekassel@charter.net.

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The HW&M budget has great news for sheltered workshops, not so good news for state care in general

Human service providers’ lawsuit boosts their state funding despite deficit

Following the money on three new DDS-related laws

Guardian rights bill would help families caught in the DDS-probate system

Baker administration continues Gov. Patrick’s misguided effort to close sheltered workshops

Two lawmakers support an independent evaluation of Andy McDonald

Budget reductions falling heavily on state-run services for the disabled

A warning about privatizing the T

London provides an impressive example of failed privatization -- although why anyone would want to imitate much of anything about contemporary Britain anyway is an open question. Read Adeas' excellent review of Transport for London's current structure and recent history here. But there are many other models for quasi-privatization, and the baseline remains: the MBTA is grotesquely inadequate, has been in decline for decades, and is unlikely to turn around or raise the $13 billion it needs without substantive structural reorganization and a way to earn billions in new revenue going forward. - promoted by Bob_Neer

Abuse investigation agency faces ‘shameful’ shortfall in funding

Public Health Department needs to release report on death of developmentally disabled man