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Conference Committee Budget Released for 2015

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Image of calculator, graph, and pencil to represent the budget.The 36.5B fiscal year 2015 budget was finalized on June 29th and passed 144-7 in the House and unanimously in the Senate on June 30th.The budget made significant investments in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Most notably was the investment to fund increases in the rate paid for long term residential services through CH257 – the first such rate increase in close to thirty years. 3M in funding was included for the employment initiative to place more individuals into integrated, community-based employment. The final budget included a 2.5M increase over last year for the Family Supports program. Transportation also received an increase over last year. The DESE/DDS program and Turning 22 were level funded from last year and there was a slight increase in the Autism Services line item. Continue reading

Legislative Priorities Now

Executive Director, Leo Sarkissian, speaking during a meeting.

Executive Director, Leo Sarkissian, speaking during a meeting.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: Continue reading

Bill Priorities

2021 – 2022 Legislative Platform

Please find The Arc of Massachusetts 2021-2022 Legislative Platform. Our bills advance areas such as healthcare, housing, protection, education and family support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism. Continue reading