Senate Budget Debate Continues

The State Senate this week began reviewing the 1196 amendments filed by Senators following the release of the Ways and Means Committee FY 19 budget. The Arc has worked closely with Senators to file and support nine amendments. Those amendments include increased funding in the following areas: transportation, residential services, adult foster care, day/employment services, autism waiver, adult autism services, Operation House Call, family support/respite care, and DESE/DDS. Twenty three senators have either filed these amendments or joined as co-sponsors. Continue reading

DDS/DESE Open Enrollment Period and Guidelines

Do you have a child who is eligible for DDS and has high needs for support? You may want to consider applying for the DESE-DDS program to receive meaningful supports that are designed to avoid out of home placements and to keep families together. This program has been successful in the Commonwealth for over a decade and is a priority line item in the budget for The Arc. Continue reading

Executive Director Leo Sarkissian Discusses Nicky’s Law on Boston Herald Radio

On Tuesday, May 1, The Arc of Massachusetts Executive Director Leo Sarkissian spoke with Boston Herald Radio about the serious problem of direct care workers who have abused individuals with I/DD being allowed to take on new positions. Leo discusses the importance of the current bill S 2213/H 4026, aka Nicky’s Law, and what a significant impact it would have on our community. Continue reading