The MA House of Representatives concluded most of its budget work for the next fiscal year (FY’2017). The budget process now moves to the Senate. The Arc worked with ADDP and other partners to support legislators working on behalf of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism. Key budget amendments were submitted to increase funds in the areas of employment, family supports, turning 22 initiatives and residential services.
We recognize and appreciate the key sponsors of those budget amendments including Representatives Garlick, Sannicandro, Kahn, Campbell, Garballey, Dykema and Roy.
Amendment # 285 Family Supports for Older Adults was adopted “which adds $100,000 to the budget to provide respite services and intensive family supports for individuals over 40 years of age; and provided further that the department shall submit a report to the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on ways and means and the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on elder affairs on respite services and intensive family supports for individuals over 40 years of age.” Our thanks to the lead sponsor Rep. Garlick and other co-sponsors Representatives Ayers, Toomey, Gentile and DuBois.
We appreciate and thank all the other co-sponsors of amendments we followed. Representatives Benson, Cullianane, David Rogers, Decker, Frank Moran, Finn, Fox, Gonzalez, McMurtry, Provost, Schmid, Gordon, Stanley, Scibak, Tosado, John Rogers, Cantwell, Lawn, Linsky, Galvin, Ashe, Kaufman, Cusack, Cutler, DeCoste, D’Emilia, DiZoglio Donahue, Dwyer, Hetch, Heroux, Howitt, Kane, Mahoney, McGonagle, Straus, Ultrino, Puppolo, Walsh, Whelan, Barrows, Crighton, Fiola, James Murphy, Gregoire, Orrall, McKenna, Benson, Peisch, Mark, Rosa, Vega, Jones, Kafka, Viera, Timilty, Fernandes, Cariddi, O’Day, Campanale, Scaccia, Ehrlich, Madden, Vega, Keefe, Barber, Boldyga, Arciero, Kelcourse, Ferguson, Cabral, Pignatelli, Balser, Velis, Peake, Hogan, Simizik, Brodeur, Hunt, Balser, Farley-Bouvier, Ayers, Chan, Garry, Howitt, Whipps-Lee and Kane.
The individuals and families represented by The Arc greatly appreciate and welcome the strong support they receive from members of the legislature. As we move to the Senate, we will focus on increasing support for day/employment and residential while maintaining the gains in the House budget.