Governor Baker’s First Budget

Gov. Baker

On March 4, Governor Charlie Baker released his 2016 budget.  Advocates were fearful of the impact of the state’s budget deficit.  As noted in State House News, Gov. Baker inherited a growing economy, along with mid-year significant state budget problems, when he assumed office in January. The Baker administration supported some key increases in DDS funding including residential, adult autism services and other areas. But as we feared, the budget is short …

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Insider’s View: Senator Sal DiDomenico

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I have served as the State Senator for the Middlesex and Suffolk District since May of 2010, proudly representing the cities of Everett, Chelsea, and large sections of Boston and Cambridge. I currently serve as the Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and am also a member of the Senate Committee on Ethics and the Joint Committee on Election Laws. The Arc of Massachusetts has served …

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All Aboard The Arc! 2015

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Join with others across Massachusetts in focusing public attention on the abilities and needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. All Aboard The Arc! is a statewide pledge event in which anyone can participate – individuals, families, community members, local leaders, supporters of The Arc, students, and employee groups. Saturday May 16, 2015 Boston Common 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm   The Arc is the state’s …

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Insider’s View: Representative James J. Dwyer

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The Thirteenth Middlesex district located just north of Boston includes portions of Woburn and Reading.  Prior to my election to the Massachusetts legislature, I served for 34 years as a juvenile probation officer for the Juvenile Court. After retiring, I served as an Alderman on the Woburn City Council. During that time, I served as a member of the Board of Directors at NuPath (formerly CMARC).  Through my experience and …

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37th Annual Legislative Reception

Speaker DeLeo

Promises to Keep…Miles to Go Please join The Arc of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council for our 37th Annual Legislative Reception at the State House. This is an opportunity for persons with disabilities, family members, advocates, state agency heads and their staff, and legislators to meet and catch up on legislative priorities and other important issues. Monday, March 9, 2015 10:30am-12:00pm Great Hall, The State House We will …

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The Arc Applauds Federal Agencies

The Massachusetts State House

Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services found that the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) violated the rights of a mother with developmental disabilities. The mother was denied the opportunity to benefit from supports and services following the removal of her two-day-old infant, and over the next two years as she was seeking to reunite with her daughter.  Unfortunately, despite research that …

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Letter to Governor on MassHealth

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As we reported last week, we are concerned about the proposed MassHealth reductions in Personal Care Attendant services(PCA) and Adult family/foster care (AFC).  These changes require legislative approval: increasing eligibility requirements for the PCA and AFC programs; and, cutting alternative caregiver and hospital days for the AFC program.  The latter will have more of an impact upon those who are placed with non-family shared living providers who use alternative days (14 …

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