Supporting Families & Caregivers
Across A Lifespan
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!
On September 23, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) released indoor visitation with safeguards for congregate homes. The implementation date is October 1. Guidance can be found below.
Innovation and Technology Task Force Releases Survey On Assistive Technology & Alternative Augmentative Communication
The Innovation and Technology Task Force has put together a survey hoping to assess the use of Assistive Technology (AT) and Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC).
On July 2, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel released the formal order that day programs may open on July 6. Re-opening services is not simply a matter of unlocking the doors, turning on the lights, and buying some personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Arc of Massachusetts is pleased to be able to share the new DDS visitation guidelines, which were released on the evening of July 1.