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Statewide Transition Conference for Parents

 

Statewide Transition Conference for Parents

 

September 20, 2014

 

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Save the Date
Save the Date!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Arc of Massachusetts Gala Dinner and Auction
 

Mark your calendars and join us for a delightful evening in support of
the efforts of The Arc of Massachusetts on behalf of people with
disabilities and their families across the Commonwealth.

  

Thursday, October 23 6:30pm-10:00pm
The Westin Hotel  |  70 Third Ave  |  Waltham, MA 02451

 

 Detailed information will be available in a few weeks,
but mark your calendars now for this important celebration.

 

All Aboard The Arc! 2014

 

Thank you to everyone who joined The Arc of Massachusetts on May 7, 2014, for The Arc's major rally to raise public awareness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The day was a great success!  Check out the photos from the event and feel free to send us any of yours: click here to view photos.

 

For more information, please visit www.allaboardthearc.org.

 

 

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The 36.5B fiscal year 2015 budget was finalized on June 29th and passed 144-7 in the House and unanimously in the Senate on June 30th.The budget made significant investments in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Most notably was the investment to fund increases in the rate paid for long term residential services through CH257 - the first such rate increase in close to thirty years. 3M in funding was included for the employment initiative to place more individuals into integrated, community-based employment. The final budget included a 2.5M increase over last year for the Family Supports program. Transportation also received an increase over last year. The DESE/DDS program and Turning 22 were level funded from last year and there was a slight increase in the Autism Services line item.

 

Unfortunately, the Real Lives bill original language authored by Rep Sannicandro wasn't included in the final budget version.

 

To view the Conference Committee Report for FY'15 budget, visit this link and click on conference committee budget (H4242).  You can also see The Arc spread sheet here.

 

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 A number of pieces of Arc priority legislation are still being considered. Since this is an election year, both the state budget and all legislation that requires a roll-call vote (which is all policy) needs to be finished by July 31st to proceed forward this year. At this point this is where we stand:

 

Real Lives Bill (H4151):

The Real Lives bill expands the ability of people to decide where and with whom they want to live and work by self-directing their DDS service dollars. The bill requires that the administration implement certain new policies and procedures to allow public funds to be used as flexibly as possible by the individual or family and provides for the utilization of fiscal intermediaries to assist...

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The recently completed House and Senate budgets made significant investments in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). You can influence the outcome of two key accounts --Family Support and Employment. Read the whole story here and see the budget chart - or read our action alert first at the Action Center.

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The Senate provided a budget with a number of positives. The gains in Residential supports and the Blueprint remained with two additions. There are a few areas of under-funding that we hope to resolve in Conference Committee.To see a budget chart go to this page and the first story.

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