Last week, I noted that an estimated 5,000 individuals who typically receive community day supports (who either already received them or recently turned 22 years old) have not been able to obtain adequate assistance. This is not due to funding but to the lack of workers. We continue our efforts at information gathering and sharing recommendations this week and next Monday. More information follows.
On Friday, October 29, The Arc’s Government Affairs and Public Policy team members filled the virtual hearing rooms and testified on behalf of The Arc’s priority bills, including bills in front of the Joint Committee on Public Health and the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities.
The Arc of Massachusetts, Mass Down Syndrome Congress, and Northeast Arc have released a statement regarding the suit filed by the Corbett family alleging that a state trooper (and four others who arrived as backup) overreacted and intentionally and/or negligently inflicted emotional distress on their son. The Salem News reported that Brian, who is 29 years old and stands 4’11”, was taken onto the ground and placed in handcuffs. He continues to be traumatized according to his family and others who know him.
On October 29, two hearings will be held that include bills on The Arc platform, one by the Joint Committee on Public Health, and the other by the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities.