DDS/DESE Services The United Arc

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Contact Information

The United Arc
Contact: Sue Jones, Director of Family & Youth Services
Email Address:
Phone: 413-774-5558

294 Avenue A Turners Falls, MA 01376
Area Served: West

Map Location DDS/DESE Services


DESE/DDS services are designed to prevent residential placement of a child under 18 with extensive care needs due to a significant disabling condition. DESE/DDS participant children/families are prioritized and designated by DDS to participate in the program.

Families receiving DESE/DDS services develop a Family Plan and budget approved by the DDS Children & Transition Coordinator. Typically families receive longer-term intensive levels of support and case management from a Family Support Specialist. Once accepted into the program services may continue through the child’s 22nd birthday.Services may include any of the support options available through the Family Centers. Many families use a portion of funding for direct support to augment PCA services.

Service Types

  • Case Management
  • Family Support
  • Home Health Agency (Home Health Care)
  • Skills Training

Program Type

  • Community Supports Program

Populations Served

  • Developmental Disability
  • Intellectual Disabilities

Ages Served

  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22

Accessibility Features

  • Accessible Parking

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service
  • Licensed By: DDS