Supporting Families & Caregivers
Across A Lifespan
The theme yesterday for Supporting Families Day was “Keep Families Strong and Resilient” as over 100 persons and families joined Representative Denise Garlick, Maura Sullivan, Kathleen Amaral, Kerry Mahoney and parent speakers Sue Crosby and Sagrario Desire Guerrero (actually, 5 of the 6 are parents).
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.
In April 2020, The Arc of Massachusetts shared an email announcing the good news about the economic impact (stimulus) payments that were being distributed from the federal government, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Contact Governor Baker: Prioritize Vaccine Eligibility for Family Caregivers and Individuals in All Day Programs
Urgent action is needed to prioritize vaccine eligibility for family caregivers and individuals in all day programs across Massachusetts.
On Friday, January 8, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services issued an important update regarding the COVID-19 vaccine distribution for all home-based healthcare workers working in Massachusetts who will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1 of the roll-out beginning in February.
As many of you know may know by now, many residential providers (congregate homes in the Department of Developmental Services) have been provided appointments for vaccinations for individuals with disabilities and staff. This update is a snapshot for what to expect. We thank the Department of Developmental Services for the information. Please note some of this information will change as the vaccination process evolves.
On Thursday, December 17, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Commissioner Jane Ryder released a statement on the COVID-19 vaccine and holiday visitation. Please find her statement below.
It’s the holiday season, but we are in the midst of a COVID-19 virus surge. The state has now issued a new guidance for families for group homes or congregate settings.
National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November – is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country, a time to celebrate the contributions of caregivers and provide them with tools that they need. Across Massachusetts, more than 18,000 families are caring for a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability in the home. More than 9,000 of these family members are adults.
If your young adult will be Turning 22 between March 2020 and July 2021, we want to hear from you!