Today, The Arc of Massachusetts sent our budget requests to the state legislature for certain line items after reviewing the Governor’s FY’22 House 1 budget.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including autism, and their families have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only are people with I/DD and autism at a potentially higher risk of contracting the virus, but they have also experienced significant disruptions to day and employment programs and other services they normally rely on. Family caregivers have been providing 24/7 support now for nearly 11 months.
There are important FY’22 budget line items that must be increased to support individuals with I/DD and autism as integrated members of their communities using Department of Developmental Services (DDS) day and employment programs and transportation services as well as provide much needed relief for family caregivers.
The Arc’s Budget Request:
- Increase Day and Employment Line Item 5920-2025 by $15 million above the Governor’s House One recommendation to $219,962,246.
- Increase Transportation Line Item 5911-2000 by $7 million above the Governor’s House One recommendation to $27,095,451.
- Increase Family Support Line Item 5920-3000 by $7 million to total $84,853,898. $3 million of the request is to assist families through stipends.