The Commission’s Purpose
This 13-member Commission was established by Governor John Lynch to examine possible ways in which the Area Agencies (AAs) could 0perate more efficiently and cost effectively, without compromising services to individuals with disabilities and their families. While prompted by the proposal to merge four of the twelve AA regions into two, the Governor’s Executive Order called for a comprehensive examination of the AAs. To fulfill this mandate, the Commission reviewed the larger service delivery system of which the AAs are a major part. This includes the contractual service providers and vendors and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which has system-wide supervisory, funding and oversight responsibility.