Insider’s View: Representative James O’Day

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My district, the 14th Worcester, includes the town of West Boylston and a number of wards and precincts in the City of Worcester. Currently I am the Chair, Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government. The committee oversees a vast range of issues related to municipalities and county entities. As a social worker for more than 24 years before running for public office I am keenly aware of the challenges …

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Your MassHealth Services

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In the spring we announced that the state Medicaid office was developing a plan to restructure its program and services. Why should you care? Many critical services come through this state agency. In our state, Medicaid provides these services through MassHealth or CommonHealth, public insurance programs (for the rest of the article we will use MassHealth for CommonHealth as well). At The Arc, Medicaid and Social Security are called the …

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Operation House Call Program Expands to Yale University

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The Arc of Massachusetts is pleased to announce that we are continuing to grow our Operation House Call program (OHC). OHC is a required disability awareness program which began at Boston University School of Medicine. Over 180 BU medical students complete this program each year. The program includes a class taught by a parent of a child with I/DD or autism and co-teacher (person with I/DD or autism) and a …

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Insider’s View: Senator Ryan C. Fattman

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My district, the Worcester and Norfolk district, represents the towns of Blackstone, Douglas, Dudley, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millville, Northbridge (precincts 1 and 3) Oxford, Southbridge, Sutton, Uxbridge, Webster and Bellingham. As a newly elected state senator I am enjoying my new responsibilities in the legislature. Just recently at my state house office I met with families from my district that expressed to me the importance of the day program, family …

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Nothing About Us Without Us

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by Charlie Carr, Former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission The international disability community paused to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Tuesday, July 28 in Washington DC. More than 1000 people marched in the streets for over a mile and a half to the Capitol. In heat well into the 90s, the long procession shouted “The people united will never be defeated” and “Our homes, …

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The Arc of Massachusetts Home for the Future Moves Forward

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This summer is shaping up to be a busy one at The Arc of Massachusetts. The Arc has been putting the final touches on plans for new offices and a resource center to be built on the site of the current headquarters in Waltham. “We are hoping to have a late fall date for the groundbreaking,” said Executive Director Leo Sarkissian. “The new space will allow The Arc to remain …

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Insider’s View: Representative Jerald A. Parisella

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I represent the 6th Essex District which includes Beverly, a city along the North Shore about 16 miles north of Boston. I am a veteran of the Army Reserves since 1994 and currently serving as a Judge Advocate (lawyer) with a legal detachment in Massachusetts. My duties in the Army included an active duty tour in Iraq serving as a prosecutor and legal advisor to a medical brigade, handling court …

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