Life Focus Center Services to Be Delivered by New Agency

The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services has asked Bay Cove Human Services to take over the functions at the Life Focus Center which presently houses 140 people with developmental disabilities.

The decision follows months of turmoil at the Life Focus Center where its accounting practices and other matters regarding its administration have been called into question by Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump.

Bay Cove presently services 4,000 individuals and families who face the challenges of developmental disabilities, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction and aging. Bay Cove has 130 sites in Boston and Southeastern Massachusetts.

According to Bay Cove officials, that organization will begin providing services directly at the Life Focus Center on June 17.

The transition is expected to be seamless with nearly all present employees at Life Focus staying on under the new administration.

In the meantime, Larry Tummimo, the Department of Developmental Services Deputy Commissioner said that his agency will be going through the Life Focus Center Books and that whatever is owed to the state will be repaid.

It was Tummimo who asked Bay Cove to make an effort to consider hiring Life Focus Center employees to avoid any disruption in the programs.

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