FY’17 Senate Budget Action

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The two Senate budget amendments (#468 DDS Day and Employment/ #557 Community Operated DDS Residential Services) that we had asked you to support by reaching out to your Senator were not adopted.  Once the budget debate is concluded, a House and Senate budget conference committee will work to reconcile the differences between the two budgets. The Senate has been supportive of issues related to intellectual and developmental disabilities; yet we …

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Brian Skotko, M.D. of Operation House Call Featured in Men’s Health Magazine

Brian Skotko, M.D., an instructor for our Operation House Call program is featured among 20 Guys Who Prove Good People Still Exist in Men’s Health Magazine! Check out the article below: BRIAN SKOTKO, M.D. Brian Skotko, M.D., is the co-director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Down Syndrome Program. While he interacts with Down Syndrome patients every day—and has a sister, Kristin, with the condition—most medical students graduate with no such …

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Senate Ways and Means Report

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May 17, 2016   The Arc of Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Report May 17, 2016 The Senate Ways and Means Committee released their version of the FY’17 budget on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Family support gains were at $6.7 Million; similar to the House and Governor’s budget. In addition, the dollars for Turning 22 were increased by $1 Million relative to the House budget. Next year, DDS (Dept. Developmental …

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Budget Debate Moves to the Senate

The Senate has begun the review process for their version of the FY’17 Budget with an expected release date of May 17th. Part of that effort involves The Arc and other providers working with Senators to advocate for budget line items that will benefit those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The final House version of the budget line items closely reflected the same amounts that were listed in the governor’s …

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Insider’s View: Representative Denise C. Garlick

I have the privilege of representing the 40,000 people- children, adults, families, seniors and veterans of Needham, Dover and precincts 1 and 2 in Medfield. As a mother, wife, nurse, community volunteer, local elected leader and concerned citizen on a wide variety of community initiatives, I share the concerns and issues of the people of my district and our Commonwealth. Like everyone these days, I wear many hats. I presently …

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Insider’s View: Senator Vinny deMacedo

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I currently represent the Plymouth and Barnstable District which includes the towns of Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth, Bourne, Falmouth and Sandwich. In addition to having the privilege of being appointed the ranking minority member on the Ways and Means committee; where I have the opportunity to work with the Commonwealth’s budget matters, I serve on the following committees: Community Development and Small Businesses;  Economic Development and Emerging Technologies; Financial Services; Rules; Tourism, …

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