In my September 30 blog titled “Rebooting the Workforce Initiative,” I also advocated for rebooting the way we deliver services. We have no choice given the workforce crisis we face.
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In this video message, Executive Director Leo Sarkissian discusses two priority federal initiatives affecting our community: President Biden’s efforts to secure $400 billion in funding for Home- and Community-Based Services, and the Better Care Better Jobs Act efforts spearheaded by Senator Bob Casey and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.
The 2021 Transition Conference webinar series will demonstrate how the LifeCourse Frameworks and Tools can help you create seamless, successful transitions into the adult world for your loved ones. The 2-week virtual program will begin with a welcome from Leo Sarkissian, Executive Director of The Arc of Massachusetts, and a kickoff with special guest Corey Ferguson from the Department of Developmental Disabilities in Ohio.
The pandemic’s impact reinforces the need for change in the delivery of disability services. Some of us were excited about the prospects of positive day services change last fall. But that was not to be: the weight of post-pandemic work including “safe return” strategies, concern about finances, and extreme workforce shortages delayed new models or supports.