The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) provides funding for family support programs and services across the state designed to provide information, assistance, and an array of supportive services to families with children and adults with disabilities who are living at home.
The Department views families as the best natural resource for individuals with disabilities and recognizes the importance of developing strong partnerships with families. Families know their children and their own strengths and needs. The design of the Family Support Services is to supplement and build upon the capacities of families, and should be flexible and respectful of cultural, economic, social, and spiritual differences.
Any family can contact one of the Family Support Centers listed in this Directory for information and referral services. However, to receive other DDS funded family support services, an individual must be found eligible for DDS services and must be living at home with their family. The Regional Eligibility team intake and eligibility process is conducted by a Regional Eligibility Team located at one of the four DDS regional offices listed in this Directory. The process begins by the submission of an Eligibility Application Form. More information about the eligibility process as well as the application forms can be found on the DDS website, www.mass.gov/dds. Eligibility Application Forms can also be obtained at any of the DDS Area or Regional offices.
The Department is pleased that you have received a copy of this Family Support Directory and hope it will be helpful to you in locating services and supports.