MA DESE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education /Department of Developmental Services (DESE/DDS) program serves participants throughout Massachusetts. The program is designed to provide in-home wrap around supports to DDS eligible school age participants determined to need services to prevent a more restrictive educational or out-of-home residential placement, or to assist families whose children are coming out of a residential placement and returning home.
The program does this by creating an individualized plan of supports for the participant that promotes skill building, independence, and social integration across multiple settings including the participants home, school and community. Participants and their families can hire services providers and purchase a range of goods and services within an approved budget.
Participants can receive
- In-Home and Community Based Skills Training
- Behavioral Support and Consultation
- Family Training
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Assistive Technology/Adaptive Aids
- Ancillary Goods and Services
- Family Navigation
Who we serve
- Children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorder. Participants must be DDS eligible and participate in an assessment to determine eligibility for this program.