Press Release | July 31, 2019

Oversight of Department on Disability Services Contract

As Chair of the Human Services Committee, Councilmember Nadeau is working to ensure residents currently served by the Developmental Disabilities Administration Health Initiative contract continue receiving the same level of care regardless of provider. Recently, the Department on Disability Services announced that the current contract which provides vital services to residents with developmental disabilities would expire on August 30, 2019 and the services would be moved to DDS and other providers. Immediately after this decision became public, her office received an outpouring of emails and phone calls from advocates, families, and members of the disability rights community expressing their concerns. Councilmember Nadeau quickly held a joint public roundtable on the issue and based on testimony from advocates and residents concluded that the current plan leaves concerning gaps. Council does not have the legal authority to alter the contract, so she has asked DDS for weekly updates on the transition and asked the Mayor to reexamine the decision and consider extending the contract. Below is a timeline.

July 23, 2019

Councilmember Nadeau holds a joint public roundtable on the decision to end the contract. Twenty-seven public witnesses testify, all against ending the contract or in favor of extending it to ensure a longer, more robust transition period. Video of the roundtable is available online.

July 24, 2019

Councilmember Nadeau requests weekly updates from the Department on Disability Services on each individual receiving services and how those services are being transitioned to DDS or other service providers. She asks for the updates to begin on Friday, August 2, 2019 and continue for 8 weeks following the end of the contract, which currently expires on August 30, 2019.

July 29, 2019

Councilmember Nadeau sends a letter to the Mayor signed by all Councilmembers expressing concern about the transition plan. They ask the Mayor to reexamine the decision to end the contract or consider extending it to allow for a stronger transition. The goal is to ensure residents receive the same level of service and don't experience an interruption in important care.

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