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 & PolicyCOVID19Government AffairsLeo's LettersNews
May 19, 2022

Leo’s Letter: The Disability Impact Is Deep: Rethinking the FY’23 Budget

As the Senate debates its FY’23 budget, effective July 1, decisions thus far have not reflected the toll on persons with disabilities. For example: The House needed to add over $70…
Budget & PolicyCOVID19Government AffairsLeo's LettersNews
May 12, 2022

Leo’s Letter: The Facts Are Known, Man!

The actor Sir Alec Guinness played the lead role of George Smiley in the 1979 miniseries Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which was remade as a popular film in 2011.  In…
COVID19Government AffairsNews
May 9, 2022

Upcoming Human Services Transportation Brokerage System (HST) Listening Sessions

Do you or a loved attend DDS or MassHealth day services and have transportation provided? Or perhaps you're an adult with a disability and use transportation for medical visits? Most likely…
COVID19Government AffairsLeo's LettersNews
May 9, 2022

Leo’s Letter: Transportation and Mobility in Our Future

It’s no secret: transportation for persons with disabilities is a work in progress and has been since the passage of the ADA. Limitations in transportation are one of the major…
Budget & PolicyCOVID19Government AffairsNewsWorkforce Initiative
April 29, 2022

New NPR, Boston 25 Stories Highlight Funding Needs Of Our Workforce, Community

On Thursday, April 28, two stories were aired - one on NPR and one on Boston 25 News - that put a spotlight on the direct support workforce crisis and…
Budget & PolicyCOVID19Government AffairsLeo's LettersNewsOperation House CallWorkforce Initiative
April 28, 2022

Leo’s Letter: The Workforce Crisis and Our Community’s Healthcare Needs

Two news stories will be airing soon about our constituents: one on our field’s continued workforce crisis, and the other about the need for education at hospitals and to health…

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