The Supporting Families Campaign held its third annual Advocacy Day at the State House, on Tuesday, February 13. The day began with a crowd of over 50 families meeting to review the day’s agenda including the budget priorities of Supporting Families. Maura Sullivan, Director of Government Affairs for The Arc of Massachusetts, explained the importance of the DDS Family Support line items, Turning 22, and Autism Omnibus. Families were given materials with the line item budget “asks” and narratives, plus family stories to help illuminate the gaps in funding.
Next, attendees heard from Representative Linda Dean Campbell about the importance of family advocacy and her own commitment to the campaign. Last, the group heard from Claire Manning, the Director of Advocacy and Mobilization, from The Arc of the United States. From there, families disseminated throughout the building to visit their legislators and share their stories – the goal of the day!
Special thanks to Senator Barbara L’Italien, Representative, and Kerry Mahoney and the Supporting Families Coalition for making the day such a great one! We are truly grateful to all the families who took the time to come and share their stories with legislators. Their efforts make the most impact on our lawmakers, as their stories make the budget line items real and meaningful.
Stay tuned as the budget process unfolds. For more information on the Supporting Families Campaign, contact Maura or Kerry at Sullivan@arcmass.org or Mahoney@arcmass.org.