COVID-19

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts continues to face a crisis due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic. We face this health crisis together and we are not alone. This site includes links to important resource information for basic needs, disability services, and daily life among other things.  The page includes links for our future and past webinars and updates.  Please be sure to check this page frequently for COVID-19 updates.

The Arc's Latest Updates on COVID-19

COVID19Government AffairsLeo's LettersNews
June 30, 2022

Leo’s Letter: Independence Day for the Disability Community

We find ourselves in the middle of two major disability anniversaries as we commemorate Independence Day on July 4. Over a week ago, the 23rd anniversary of the Olmstead decision…
COVID19News
June 28, 2022

Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) Releases Changes to COVID and Quarantine Precautions [Updated 6/28/22]

On June 12, we summarized and linked to the new COVID guidance from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). We are revising our summary to emphasize that…
Budget & PolicyCOVID19Government AffairsLeo's LettersNewsWorkforce Initiative
June 23, 2022

Leo’s Letter: 789 Days of Inequity

A significantly higher percentage of individuals with complex behavioral or medical conditions are likely NOT to have day services as the workforce crisis continues than those who currently do have…
COVID19Government AffairsNewsWorkforce Initiative
June 16, 2022

June 16, 2022 Commonwealth Governmental Update

As our legislature’s conference committee meets on a number of important items for The Arc,* we have three key updates for you. Day habilitation program rates are rising on July…
Budget & PolicyCOVID19News
June 16, 2022

The Arc of Massachusetts Sends Letter to Conference Committee in Support of FY23 State Budget Best Supporting Individuals with IDD and Autism

On June 7, 2022, The Arc of Massachusetts sent a letter to the Conference Committee advocating on behalf of the version of the FY23 State Budget that best benefits individuals…
Budget & PolicyCOVID19Government AffairsLeo's LettersNewsWorkforce Initiative
June 9, 2022

Leo’s Letter: Together, We Can Advance The Best Budget Possible For The Coming Year!

We are at a key phase of the budget process when the House and Senate will develop one common budget for FY 2023, which begins this July 1, through a…

Important Resources on COVID-19

Needs and Local Resources

If you are concerned about medical care or paying for health care or RX, approval for MassHealth is expedited.

In March, the Commissioner of Insurance issued an emergency measures order to all health insurance carriers and HMOs in regard to use of telehealth (telephone and video). This means that all private carriers and MassHealth will allow payment for telehealth (and co-pays have been temporarily removed for patients).  We previously shared that MassHealth now allows telehealth including for certain long-term supports services such as adult family or foster care (AFC). 

  • Food:
    • Your local service provider may be able to deliver food to you (see local resources). Family support centers through DDS have been supplying gift cards to individuals eligible at DDS. List of centers here.
    • If you need food and are unable to afford it:
    • Project Bread Food Source Hotline: Hotline counselors will refer you to food resources in your community including information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application support. 1-800-645-8333 or TTY 1-800-377-1292 available Monday-Friday 8:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm

The Arc of Massachusetts Resource Sheet on Meeting Basic Needs and Local Resources.

For information on support services resources, check the Health and Disability Services section.

Special Education Resources

Health Care & Vaccine Distribution Advocacy

Health and Disability Services

Continue to use your primary care physician (PCP) and urgent care when needed.  The State’s main site on the virus and your health is on the Dept. of Public Health (DPH) website (prevention and treatment).

MassHealth has a page on feeling symptoms: scroll down to “Members” and “If you are not feeling well.”

Personal Protective Equipment continues to be in short supply (April 27), but if a family member is positive and PCA services are involved, directions on PPE are here in English and here in Spanish.

Please reach out as you are experiencing need. We list below three main pathways to obtaining assistance:

  • Family support centers and chapters of The Arc
  • Department of Developmental Services (DDS) offices
  • MassHealth

Further below in this section we note other pages at the state agencies we encourage you to explore.

Resources and Guidance from MassHealth, DDS, & Mass Commission for the Blind

General Information and Links