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 davidskassel@gmail.com

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Father and sister banned from all contact with developmentally disabled woman because they cried when they saw her

Guardianship under fire by the same groups that oppose congregate care and support privatization

More than six months later, Andy McDonald still has no legal representation in his guardianship case (with update)

Proposed changes to DDS behavioral and restraints regs would subtract protections, add vagueness

Baker administration concedes some congregate care for the developmentally disabled is good, but will still largely prohibit it

The Massachusetts Legislature and governor are leaving the state’s most vulnerable citizens behind

Limited federal IG probe faults state’s reporting on group home abuse in MA

House and Senate not following their own funding plan for employment of the developmentally disabled

DPPC and other programs for the developmentally disabled to get little or no increases next year

Committee quietly changes bill to train health care professionals in dealing with developmentally disabled persons