Provided in partnership with the Massachusetts Departments of Developmental Services and Public Health
Massachusetts is fortunate to be home to Tufts Dental Facilities, an innovative program providing access to oral health for persons with disabilities. The longest running program of its kind, it’s also the only state-run oral health care network in the nation. TDF draws on the support of university, community, government, hospital and private health care resources to fill an important health care gap.
Individuals with disabilities have special oral health needs; they need adaptive facilities and equipment, as well as specially trained providers. Without this program, most of these patients would not receive dental health care.
You can reach out to your legislator to tell them how much Tufts Dental Facilities means to you, and express your support for the program’s continued funding. Contacting your legislator is quick and easy.
- Visit wheredoivotema.com to find your State Senator and Representative as well as their contact information.
- Call and ask to speak with your Senator or Representative (it is also great to speak with a legislative aide if they are unavailable).
- Introduce yourself and be sure to mention that you are a constituent (you may be asked to provide your address).
- Tell the legislature that you’d like to talk to them about Tufts Dental Facilities, a network of dental clinics funded by the Department of Public Health and serving patients with developmental disabilities.
- Share your story! Tell them about your experience with TDF. Explain that without the program, many individuals with disabilities would have NO place to go for dental treatment.
- Ask if they will support the program in future budget negotiations and stand up for Massachusetts residents with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Thank them for their time.
Thank you for your continued support of TDF!