Posts pertaining to the state and federal budgets for disability services.
posted on May 20, 2013 22:32
There is still time to obtain your Senator's support on Senate Amendments as well as to ask him or her to sign as co-sponsors. Rules now allow senators to sign on until an amendment is heard. Go here to see the report and to download pdf files on the amendments and budget chart.
posted on May 17, 2013 08:58
Friday May 17 until 3 pm we have time to obtain co-sponsors to amendments. We need you to contact your Senators asap today to ask them to co-sponsor Turning 22 (Sen. Barrett), Autism Waiver (Sen. Creem) and Salary Reserve (Sen. Spilka). There are other amendments too, Family Support (Sen. Clark) and we will update as soon as all sponsors are on board. Go here for summary and links to chart/report.
posted on April 24, 2013 23:22
House debate is done and we now need to focus on the Senate and Senate Ways and Means. Go here to learn more.
posted on April 22, 2013 19:07
The budget process is real and it has a definite impact whether you have servcies or you are "waiting" for services! Take the time now to help yourself or a friend --
Go here to the House budget page to see the priorities or just hit the "Take Action" bar on the top of our home page.
posted on April 12, 2013 11:45
Please act today to have your state representative co-sponsor amendments for house debate starting on week of April 22. The deadline may be extended but we're expecting today at 5pm as the cut-off for co-sponsors. Go here to send an email or phone.
For more information please go here.
posted on April 10, 2013 18:05
Chairman Brian Dempsey and House Ways and Means (HWM) Committee Members provided $2 Million additional dollars for Family Support (5920-3000) and Respite and $1 Million additional in Autism Services (5920-3010). The Arc, ADDP and others had fought hard for increases in both of these lines among others. These additional investments in the context of limited revenue are very positive. At the same time, the HWM blueprint includes some reductions that will require amendments. Read more...
posted on March 05, 2013 14:56
Last week, the board at The Arc of Massachusetts voted to endorse the "Campaign for our Communities" which supports Governor Patrick's revenue and investment plan. You can learn more about the campaign at this site.
posted on February 11, 2013 14:44
The Arc's advocacy will focus on DDS (Dept. of Developmental Services) community services and MassHealth programs during the budget. DDS serves over 30,000 children and adults. This budget request reflects three categories of funding and 7 line items for FY'2014: Access for Families and Youth; Access for Transition or Adult Services and Quality of Services. A fact sheet can be found here. But Please Act.
Go here to use The Arc Action Center!
posted on February 07, 2013 21:47
In a matter of days,legislators will be meeting with their respecitve chairs of ways and means to discuss budget priorities. You can make a difference by sharing priorities. The linked fact sheet is one tool you can use. A chart comparing the Governor's request with our request will be up soon too. See the fact sheet here.
You can keep track of the budget process by checking the state house budget page over the next few months here.
posted on November 01, 2012 12:08
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will be holding hearings on its emergency regulations on eligibility determination on November 15 from 1-4 pm in Worcester (details below). DDS staff are welcoming input from families, self-advocates and organizations on the new regulations. You can also mail or fax in your testimony. You will be able to view testimony of The Arc by Monday, November 5. You can read more about the hearings here.
You can see present regulations and hearing notice on the DDS site here.