A number of pieces of Arc priority legislation are still being considered. Since this is an election year, both the state budget and all legislation that requires a roll-call vote (which is all policy) needs to be finished by July 31st to proceed forward this year. At this point this is where we stand:
Senate Chair Stephen Brewer and the Ways/Means Committee released a very positive 2015 budget for services on May 14. The Budget supports “Blueprint for Success” which will increase community access for individuals with disabilities and bring our state’s services closer to the Olmstead decision and ADA. The Senate also increased residential rates significantly reflecting Chapter 257. Please see the budget chart for the Senate here.
Today, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the National Disability Rights Network, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities announced a new resource for advocates to follow implementation of the HCBS final rule. The rule set forth new requirements for several Medicaid authorities under which states may provide home and community-based long term services and supports. The website will have both state and federal resources to help track what states are doing to comply with the rule and educate advocates about the important provisions.
Who We Are
The mission of The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, and their families. We fulfill this through advocacy for community supports and services that foster social inclusion, self-determination, and equity across all aspects of society.