On the morning of Friday, November 19, the Build Back Better Act passed the House, including the $150 billion investment in home and community-based services for people with disabilities. Thank you to Nicole Jorwic and others at The Arc; Nicole has worked endlessly on this and The Arc will keep up the drum beat and get this through the Senate as fast as we possibly can. Keep your eye out for our renewed action alert with a focus on the Senate!
I’m lucky. Even during COVID and after thirty years, I so appreciate serving at The Arc of Massachusetts, due to our significant mission, and the wonderful colleagues throughout the decades. I gratefully nod at the staff and volunteers who welcomed me in those early days, and although I’ll mention just a few, they represent many.
Last week, I noted that an estimated 5,000 individuals who typically receive community day supports (who either already received them or recently turned 22 years old) have not been able to obtain adequate assistance. This is not due to funding but to the lack of workers. We continue our efforts at information gathering and sharing recommendations this week and next Monday. More information follows.