COVID-19

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts continues to face a crisis due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic. We face this health crisis together and we are not alone. This site includes links to important resource information for basic needs, disability services, and daily life among other things.  The page includes links for our future and past webinars and updates.  Please be sure to check this page frequently for COVID-19 updates.

The Arc's Latest Updates on COVID-19

Budget & PolicyCOVID19DevelopmentGovernment AffairsNewsOperation House CallPathways to FriendshipWorkforce Initiative
August 5, 2022

The 2022 Impact Report Is Now Available

The Arc of Massachusetts 2022 Impact Report is now available to read online. This edition includes a comprehensive rundown of our accomplishments in the last Fiscal Year, as well as…
Budget & PolicyCOVID19Government AffairsLeo's LettersNews
July 28, 2022

Leo’s Letter: Connecting the Dots: From the ADA to 2022

"ADA is a promise to be kept." Renowned advocate Justin Dart said that and more in 1992. The Olmstead decision further solidified the reach of the Americans with Disabilities Act.…
Budget & PolicyCOVID19Government AffairsNewsWorkforce Initiative
July 25, 2022

Act Now: Contact Your Legislators In Support Of Key Workforce Funding!

The Arc is very happy to report that both the House and Senate moved further on our workforce crisis in their Economic Spending Bills. H5007 included $100 million for programs or…
Budget & PolicyCOVID19Government AffairsLeo's LettersNews
July 21, 2022

Leo’s Letter: Championing 3,000 People

Imagine 3,000 people not even having a chance to return to day services. One barrier to returning is having staff. But what if a second barrier had remained which was…
Budget & PolicyCOVID19Government AffairsLeo's LettersNewsWorkforce Initiative
July 14, 2022

Leo’s Letter: The Latest News on the State Budget and Our Workforce

On Monday, July 11, the Massachusetts House of Representatives announced a $3.8 billion Spending Bill. The bill includes $100 million reserve for supplemental payments to providers under Chapter 257.  If approved…
COVID19Government AffairsLeo's LettersNews
June 30, 2022

Leo’s Letter: Independence Day for the Disability Community

We find ourselves in the middle of two major disability anniversaries as we commemorate Independence Day on July 4. Over a week ago, the 23rd anniversary of the Olmstead decision…

Important Resources on COVID-19

Needs and Local Resources

If you are concerned about medical care or paying for health care or RX, approval for MassHealth is expedited.

In March, the Commissioner of Insurance issued an emergency measures order to all health insurance carriers and HMOs in regard to use of telehealth (telephone and video). This means that all private carriers and MassHealth will allow payment for telehealth (and co-pays have been temporarily removed for patients).  We previously shared that MassHealth now allows telehealth including for certain long-term supports services such as adult family or foster care (AFC). 

  • Food:
    • Your local service provider may be able to deliver food to you (see local resources). Family support centers through DDS have been supplying gift cards to individuals eligible at DDS. List of centers here.
    • If you need food and are unable to afford it:
    • Project Bread Food Source Hotline: Hotline counselors will refer you to food resources in your community including information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application support. 1-800-645-8333 or TTY 1-800-377-1292 available Monday-Friday 8:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm

The Arc of Massachusetts Resource Sheet on Meeting Basic Needs and Local Resources.

For information on support services resources, check the Health and Disability Services section.

Special Education Resources

Health Care & Vaccine Distribution Advocacy

Health and Disability Services

Continue to use your primary care physician (PCP) and urgent care when needed.  The State’s main site on the virus and your health is on the Dept. of Public Health (DPH) website (prevention and treatment).

MassHealth has a page on feeling symptoms: scroll down to “Members” and “If you are not feeling well.”

Personal Protective Equipment continues to be in short supply (April 27), but if a family member is positive and PCA services are involved, directions on PPE are here in English and here in Spanish.

Please reach out as you are experiencing need. We list below three main pathways to obtaining assistance:

  • Family support centers and chapters of The Arc
  • Department of Developmental Services (DDS) offices
  • MassHealth

Further below in this section we note other pages at the state agencies we encourage you to explore.

Resources and Guidance from MassHealth, DDS, & Mass Commission for the Blind

General Information and Links