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Turning 22 - Dept. of Developmental Services


funding levels adjusted for inflation (cpi)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (cpi) NOT adjusted
FY19 $25,154,805 $25,154,805
FY18 $23,668,985 $23,102,218
FY17 $19,170,488 $18,300,000
FY16 $7,469,017 $7,000,000
FY15 $6,982,103 $6,500,000
FY14 $7,032,132 $6,500,000
FY13 $6,591,879 $6,000,000
FY12 $5,585,816 $5,000,000
FY11 $5,749,862 $5,000,000
FY10 $5,863,925 $5,000,000
FY09 $9,119,327 $7,700,000
FY08 $9,247,042 $7,700,000
FY07 $10,586,454 $8,500,000
FY06 $8,264,606 $6,467,670
FY05 $8,576,812 $6,467,670
FY04 $8,834,506 $6,467,670
FY03 $9,029,378 $6,467,670
FY02 $9,228,295 $6,467,670
FY01 $10,092,097 $6,950,000
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Funding for Turning 22 - Dept. of Developmental Services

comparisons adjusted for inflation (cpi)

The Dept. of Developmental Services Turning 22 program funds services for eligible young adults with disabilities who have graduated from special education. This line item pays only for a share of services provided during the transition year in which the young adult turns 22.

When students with disabilities reach their 22nd birthday, they are no longer eligible for the services to which they were entitled under the state’s special education laws. Chapter 688 of the Acts of 1983 (the “Turning 22” law) provides that each young adult will have a personalized transition plan describing the potential service needs for this young adult, but does not guarantee that the Commonwealth will provide those services.

In FY 2009, the Turning 22 line item funded the array of supports available from the department for this cohort of young adults, including 165 adults receiving community-based residential services, as well as some adults receiving support for day and employment services, transportation, and family supports or respite. During that year, there were 618 young adults in all served by these various programs.

Over the past few years, the number of young adults graduating from special education eligible for services from the department has continued to grow. Funding, though, has not kept up with need. The budget was cut during the recession and has only been partially restored.

With growing caseload, increasing costs, and funding cuts, the department concentrates the majority of funding for community-based residential services (primarily in group homes) for only those determined to be most in need. These young adults typically have behavioral challenges as well as cognitive impairments and cannot live safely at home, or do not have families capable of supporting them (such as the young adults leaving the foster care system.) The majority of adults living at home receive far fewer services and much less funding - an average of less than $1,000 per person.

Updated February 2017

Adjusted for inflation (cpi) NOT adjusted
FY19 GAA $25,154,805 $25,154,805
FY19 Leg $25,154,805 $25,154,805
FY19 Sen $25,044,805 $25,044,805
FY19 SWM $25,044,805 $25,044,805
FY19 Hou $25,154,805 $25,154,805
FY19 HWM $25,044,805 $25,044,805
FY19 Gov $25,044,805 $25,044,805
FY18 $23,668,985 $23,102,218