The Arc Appreciates Conferees – Still Facing Hurdles -Article Updated

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The Arc of Massachusetts thanks lawmakers for the conference committee budget.  The unexpected drop in revenues required the legislature and administration to think through the FY’2017 budget again in a very short amount of time. The budget in DDS (Dept. Developmental Services) and other disability line items tracked closely with the House and Senate blueprints.  Constituents in need of services, providers and state agency staff will still face challenges in …

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Lee’s Story

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“My 22-year old son has Down syndrome. As a single father, my biggest challenge is being my son’s only caretaker. It means that I can’t work and we have to depend on his SSI and food stamps. My son requires assistance with all ADL (Activities of Daily Living) and I have to be there for him 24/7, with the exception of the time he is in his day program. Every …

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Jen’s Story

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“I worry from the time I wake up, to the time I go to bed and sometimes instead of sleeping, I’m worrying! Am I doing enough? What should I be doing? Can I trust the school? How do I help him fit in and enjoy his life? How do I find the right therapist that can meet our needs? There is a constant feeling of guilt that I should be …

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MA State House Dental Access Rally

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The Arc’s Director of Gov Affairs, Maura Sullivan addressed attendees at the MA State House dental access rally on June 15th. She spoke to the dire need for better oral health care access and the efforts needed to decrease oral health care disparities for people with autism and I/DD.   You can find the full speech below. To find out more about this legislation, please contact Maura Sullivan at sullivan@arcmass.org, or …

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Changes In MassHealth

Massachusetts State House

MassHealth recently made two announcements regarding upcoming changes in the delivery of health and long term services.  A new Medicaid waiver is being provided to the Federal government.   The new proposed waiver and a summary are both located here.  This page also includes dates for stakeholder listening sessions located in Boston (6/24) and Fitchburg (6/27).   If the link doesn’t work you can head to www.mass.gov/hhs/masshealth-innovations and choose 1115 Waiver Proposal …

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Insider’s View: MA Senate Majority Leader Harriette L. Chandler

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I represent the First Worcester Senate District; which includes the towns of: Boylston, parts of Clinton, Holden, parts of Northborough, Princeton, West Boylston, and most of Worcester. I serve as Senate Majority Leader in addition to Co-Chairing several caucuses; including the Legislature’s Prevention for Health Caucus and Oral Health Caucus. During this current legislative session, I filed a bill establishing mid-level dental practitioners, similar to physician assistants in the medical field, …

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Support for Families (and Smiles) Can Make All the Difference

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“I am financially strapped right now and looking for another part-time job. I am my child’s transportation to and from work, activities, vocational program, doctors, EVERYTHING. I make numerous trips during the day to accommodate the schedule. It can take an emotional toll when you have a child unwilling to cooperate in any part of the daily routine. I love my family, but wonder how I am able to function. …

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