The MA House of Representatives concluded most of its budget work for the next fiscal year (FY’2017). The budget process now moves to the Senate. The Arc worked with ADDP and other partners to support legislators working on behalf of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism. Key budget amendments were submitted to increase funds in the areas of employment, family supports, turning 22 initiatives and residential services.
In April, UMMS welcomed Operation House Call! Operation House Call (OHC) teaches young doctors about the unique health care needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. The UMMS residents learn through classroom instruction, home visits, and through an on-line forum.
We’d like to send our best wishes to Roger Monty as he retires from The Arc of Greater Plymouth. He’s led the organization to new heights. We warmly welcome their new executive director, Mary Valachovic. Mary has years of experience in both our field and leadership through her work at Berkshire County Arc, BFAIR, KDC and Vinfen.
My district is the Seventh Worcester; which includes the towns of Auburn, Millbury and sections of Charlton and Oxford. I have served in the Massachusetts legislature for nearly twenty years and currently am a member of the following committees: Rules; Election Laws; Redistricting. In addition to my committee responsibilities, I serve as Assistant Republican House Whip. Over the past several years, we have made great strides with legislation affecting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I am most impressed by the individual stories of families in my district. I will continue to work towards the effort to open opportunities for all individuals. And I look forward to working with my colleagues to champion legislation that improves the lives individuals and families in my district.