On the morning of Friday, November 19, the Build Back Better Act passed the House, including the $150 billion investment in home and community-based services for people with disabilities. Thank you to Nicole Jorwic and others at The Arc; Nicole has worked endlessly on this and The Arc will keep up the drum beat and get this through the Senate as fast as we possibly can. Keep your eye out for our renewed action alert with a focus on the Senate!
I’m lucky. Even during COVID and after thirty years, I so appreciate serving at The Arc of Massachusetts, due to our significant mission, and the wonderful colleagues throughout the decades. I gratefully nod at the staff and volunteers who welcomed me in those early days, and although I’ll mention just a few, they represent many.
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.
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.