Massachusetts Day Habilitation Coalition ELECTS Jay Hayston Vice chairperson

Association Advocates for MA Members that Operate Day Habilitation Programs

MEDFORD, MA – (February 2018) – Walnut Street Center’s Director of Day Services, Jay Hayston was elected Vice Chairperson of the Massachusetts Day Habilitation Coalition, an association that provides peer support, government relations and advocates for policy changes and reimbursement for its members that operate day habilitation programs in Massachusetts. Hayston was previously Co-Secretary.

“I am privileged to join this board that represents some of the best leaders in the field,” said Hayston whose term is one-year. “The opportunity pairs well with my educational pursuits and allows me to have a greater voice in achieving the coalitions’ objectives, such as developing critical programs and engaging with state funders.”

Hayston has more than ten years’ of experience in human services. As Walnut Street Center’s Director of Day Services, he oversees all-day program operations that include Community-Based Day, Day Habilitation, Group Employment, and Individual Employment services. Prior he was the Assistant Director of Day Services. Hayston has a B.A. degree in psychology and an MBA. He is pursuing a doctorate in policy and law.

“We are happy to have Jay Hayston join the officers in the coalition. He will lead our member providers in creating best practices that promote community involvement and therapeutic services for people with disabilities,” said Kristin Falvey of Bay Cove Human Services and the Chair of Massachusetts Day Habilitation Coalition. “Jay has a vision for establishing a peer support network and training opportunities for Directors of Day Habilitation.”

The five-member board consists of Falvey, Hayston, plus Treasurer Carla Guenette of United Cerebral Palsy MetroBoston, Secretary Anne Holton of Arc of the South Shore and Co-Secretary Funmi Korede from Northeast ARC. Meetings are held at the Seven Hills Foundation in Worcester.

Walnut Street Center Inc. is a non-profit agency that provides a wide array of services to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Started in the late 1960’s by a community of parents seeking services for their children, the Center now offers services including 24-hour Residential Support, Individual Home Support, Supported Employment, Group Employment, Community-Based Day Support and Day Habilitation. Residentially, the agency serves over 100 individuals. Services are mainly funded through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) from the Charles River West, Central Middlesex and Metro North Areas. MassHealth funds the Day Habilitation program. The agency is proud to partner with Medford and surrounding communities to provide quality services. To learn more, visit https://www.wscinc.org.php72-38.lan3-1.websitetestlink.com. Like us on Facebook and LinkedIn.