Leo’s Letter: Recommendations on Addressing Assistance Needs for Adults and Turning 22

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. Continue reading

Updates On Massachusetts American Rescue Plan Act Spending, The Arc’s Priority Bills

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a $3.82 billion bill to spend about half of the state’s American Rescue Plan Act funds. This week, the Senate will debate its own version. They aim to deliver a bill to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk by next week before the Legislature takes a recess. Continue reading

The Arc Testifies At Virtual Hearings On Behalf Of Priority Bills, Including Nicky’s Law Expansion

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. Continue reading

Joint Statement on Best Practices on Emergency Response for People with IDD

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. Continue reading