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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Insider’s View: Representative John Scibak

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The second Hampshire district which I’ve represented since 2003 includes Easthampton, Granby: Precinct 2, Hadley and South Hadley. During that time I have championed issues that help empower not only my constituents but all living in Massachusetts.   This can best be described as helping to improve the quality of life.  I’m proud of the work I have done with various community groups including The Arc who advocate for those with …

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Governor’s 9C cuts

Mary Lou

Looking to resolve a $768 Million projected shortfall for this fiscal year (ending on June 30, 2015), Governor Charles Baker released his reductions on February 3.  He stated:  “These adjustments were considered carefully, understanding that the decisions we make today are crucial to implementing responsible fiscal planning for the future.  Thankfully, our response to the spending problem we inherited protects local aid, taxpayers and critical services for people without drawing …

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