Leo’s Letter: Possible Further Delay in Community Funding Relief

We heard this morning that states could request a 30-day extension to submit plans on the use of the additional Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) monies. This afternoon, The Arc had a meeting with state leaders and a CMS representative (Federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to further review the billions states will receive (approximately $400 million for our state). Continue reading

Contact Your Senator: Budget Amendments on Nicky’s Law, Pandemic Impact on Students of Color with Autism, and Turning 22

The Arc is grateful for the Senate Ways and Means budget for people with IDD and autism. There are a few amendments that will help with implementation of Nicky’s Law/Dana’s Law, the COVID-19 impact on students of color with autism, and those Turning 22 during this pandemic. Continue reading

FY’22 State Budget: The Arc’s Full Senate Ways and Means Response

On May 11, the Senate Ways & Means Committee released its FY’22 budget. The proposed budget reflects the legislature’s efforts to alleviate the challenges and difficulties the Commonwealth, and particularly the disability community, has faced this past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also puts forth a thoughtful plan on how we move forward in an equitable way. The Committee’s budget invests over $2.39 billion in a variety of services and programs that assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism. We’re pleased to see the Senate maintain the House FY’22 budget increases in the DDS line items, including Day and Employment ($15 million increase), Transportation ($7 million increase) and Family Support ($7 million increase), with a total increase of $29 million. Continue reading