Governor signs State Budget for FY 2016

The Massachusetts State House

Governor Charlie Baker signed the 2016 State Budget on July 17, 2015. The budget covers the fiscal year from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Earlier in June, the Governor had signed a one-month budget for July. Line items at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and MassHealth fared well in the budget. The Conference Committee chaired by Representative Brian Dempsey and Senator Karen Spilka released a favorable report …

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Join Us In Celebrating 60 years!

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On Thursday, November 19, The Arc of Massachusetts will celebrate its 60th Anniversary! Join us as we mark this milestone and honor those who have had a significant impact in helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The gala is chaired by Tracy Atkinson, Vice President of The Arc of Massachusetts Board of Directors and will feature a reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment. Mark …

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Insider’s View: Representative Sean Garballey

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The 23rd Middlesex District which I represent includes many precincts in Arlington and three in Medford. Since joining the legislature in 2008 I have been a strong advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Critical to the passage of any legislation is the ability to work effective with my colleagues in the House of Representative. This year I was honored to receive the Legislator of the Year Award from …

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Insider’s View: Senator Richard J. Ross

Richard Ross

I have the honor of serving the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District which includes the towns of Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham, North Attleboro, Sherborn, and Wayland, sections of the city of Attleboro, and sections of the towns of Franklin, Needham, Wellesley, and Natick. I have been a long time champion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For years, I have worked closely with the Kennedy-Donovan Center, the Wrentham Developmental …

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Upcoming Webinar: Sensory Processing Disorder

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July 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | $20 Presented by Kim Martell, MS, OTR/L, BCN This hour-long webinar will describe sensory processing disorder (SPD) and how it manifests in children (and adults), including common symptoms and behavioral markers. The lecture portion will include tips to help identify SPD, as well as the process of pursuing formal assessment and treatment. Treatment options, such as occupational therapy using a sensory …

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Conference Committee Provides Hope

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The Conference Committee, chaired by Rep. Brian Dempsey and Senator Karen Spilka, released a very positive report last night, July 7, 2015. Thank you to all conferees. As we went into Conference Committee we were concerned about potential shortfalls entering this fiscal year (which started on July 1). We hope and trust that the full legislature will approve the budget and that Gov. Baker will not veto any of our …

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Insider’s View: Representative Carolyn Dykema

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I was elected to the legislature in 2008 and I proudly represent the Eighth Middlesex District including the towns of Holliston, Hopkinton, Southborough and one precinct in Westborough. I am certainly aware of the great strides we have made in our efforts to provide services for people who are involved with the Department of Developmental Disabilities. Yet we always need to be assured that treatment remains person centered. This year …

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