Healthy Relationships

Our DDS Vision promotes all individuals to “Have safe, meaningful and empowering relationships”.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is committed to promoting the respect and dignity of individuals who receive services from the department or its providers. We want to assure all individuals have the right and are supported to have relationships of their choice and are given the privacy and opportunity to express their own sexuality.  We support educating and supporting individuals to have healthy and meaningful relationships.

Ideas to assist people with disabilities to develop safe, meaningful; and empowering relationships.

Healthy Relationship Series

The department supports the Healthy Relationship Series held in each of the 3 regions at least 2 times a year. The “Healthy Relationship Series” curriculum the department is using promotes healthy relationships for all consumers.  Planned Parenthood of Southern New England Educators team up with our DDS Self Advocate Coordinators who have been trained to teach the curriculum that has been written By, For, and With Self Advocates.

Healthy Relationship Application

All are Welcome!

Kimberley Butts is willing to answer any questions you may have:, call 860-942-6948


DDS Healthy Relationship Series Goes Virtual!
The DDS Self Advocate Coordinators in collaboration with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England are happy to announce the beginning of the Winter 2023 Healthy Relationship Virtual Series.
Here’s What’s Happening:
  • Three (3) different sessions are being offered.
  • Small sessions at 15 participants to support more interactive learning.
  • Individuals must be 18 years of age or older and receive supports from DDS.
  • All interested individuals must complete the online form and email it to Kimberley Butts - as noted on the referral.
  • Individuals must have a working computer with internet access, microphone, and headphones.
  • Zoom will be used as he platform for the sessions.
This is the link to the online referral form

Series 2023:
Don’t waste any time – Sign up today!!!