The Arc Appreciates Conferees – Still Facing Hurdles -Article Updated

Massachusetts State House

The Arc of Massachusetts thanks lawmakers for the conference committee budget.  The unexpected drop in revenues required the legislature and administration to think through the FY’2017 budget again in a very short amount of time.

The budget in DDS (Dept. Developmental Services) and other disability line items tracked closely with the House and Senate blueprints.  Constituents in need of services, providers and state agency staff will still face challenges in … Read More…

Changes In MassHealth

Massachusetts State House

MassHealth recently made two announcements regarding upcoming changes in the delivery of health and long term services.  A new Medicaid waiver is being provided to the Federal government.   The new proposed waiver and a summary are both located here.  This page also includes dates for stakeholder listening sessions located in Boston (6/24) and Fitchburg (6/27).   If the link doesn’t work you can head to and … Read More…

Senate Ways and Means Report

Massachusetts State House

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 … Read More…

Take Action Now on the State Budget

Massachusetts State House

Dear Families and Friends,

Advocacy has begun for Family Support, Turning 22, Employment and other important programs that help children and adults.

You can jump now to this page to take action!

The email focuses upon the Supporting Families campaign and community line items which relate to adult services and turning 22. Your participation makes a difference as representatives and senators will be responsive to you as a … Read More…