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.

The Arc team testified and also brought in panels of family members and experts, which proved to be impactful for the committees.

There were 7 bills in total, including our top priorities:

  • expanding hospital-based medical providers’ knowledge about autism and IDD to improve treatment, Operation House Call
  • strengthening and expanding the abuse registry
  • and a bill to require MassHealth to cover medically-necessary Applied Behavior Analysis services and AAC for adults with IDD, DD, and autism.

The team collaborated with the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC), Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM), the Disability Law Center of Massachusetts (DLC), and other advocacy organizations for the most effective testimony.

The Arc had participation from 10 members of our Government Affairs Committee, who provided oral and written testimony.

If you wish to submit written testimony for any of our bills on our platform, please contact Maura Sullivan in the next week at

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