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Advocacy Facilities Holyoke Soldiers' Home Housing News

Advocacy Letters for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

On May 25, 2021, Governor Baker signed legislation authorizing bond financing for the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home providing $400 million for the construction of a facility in Holyoke and an additional $200 million for establishing regional equity and ready access to community services for veterans throughout the Commonwealth who do not live proximate to the Holyoke […]

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Actions Advocacy Home and Community Based

Support Community Service Budget Items

Action Steps – Contact Mass State Senators and Reps to advocate with the conference committee to support the House version of line item 9110-1640 and the Senate version of line item 1420-1000. Budget Line item 9110 – 1640 – Department of Elder Affairs Budget Line item 9110 – 1640 (Department of Elder Affairs) For the […]

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Advocacy Home and Community Based News Testimony

Response to RFI Rescue Plan Act

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts’ Response to the Request for Information American Rescue Plan Act Home and Community-Based Community HCBS Initiatives May 2021 (See Glossary for description of abbreviations) Download the DA American Rescue Plan RFI.docx Access to Services and Supports and Community Integration Amendments to the Frail Elder Waiver to Support New Services Add Residential Services […]

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Advocacy Facilities Holyoke Soldiers' Home News

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home bond bill S. 2439

Dear Senators, Dignity Alliance Massachusetts supports the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home bond bill S. 2439 as well as adoption of Amendment 13 proposed by Senator Lovely and Amendment 16 proposed by Senator Collins.    These amendments ensure that the construction of a replacement facility on the campus of the current Holyoke Soldiers’ Home adheres to the US […]

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Advocacy Facilities Holyoke Soldiers' Home News

Boston Globe on Holyoke’s Soldiers Home

Read two articles from the Boston Globe. The first is by the Globe Editorial Board, Holyoke veterans deserve more than a new building, from April 8. The second is the published letter (April 14) in response, In pushing old-style approach for a new soldiers’ home, Mass. abandons key blueprint for care, from Paul Lanzikos. Both […]

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Advocacy Housing News

FY 2022 Budget Amendment Endorsement 7004-9030

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts advocates for the adoption of the following amendment affecting Line Item 7004-9030: Alternative Housing Voucher Program, mobile housing vouchers for people with disabilities under age 60 in the amount of at least $14.2 million. For questions or other communication, please contact Shaya French at sfrench@bostoncil.org. Download the statement, including Dignity Alliance member […]

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Advocacy Behavioral Health News

FY 2022 Budget Amendment Endorsement: 4120-4000

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts advocates for the adoption of the following amendment affecting Line Item 4120-4000 (Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission): For a pilot project to develop community-based comprehensive sites to provide behavioral health services for adults under age sixty.  The goals are to deter persons from nursing home placements and to discharge people under sixty years older […]

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Advocacy News

FY 2022 Budget Amendment Endorsement: 9110-1640

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts advocates for the adoption of the following amendment affecting Line Item 9110-1640 (Executive Office of Elder Affairs): Level funding at $1,000,000 with a requirement to add two new treatment sites. Supporting information:  This account was increased from $800,000 to $1 million in the FY ’21 budget, however, the Executive Office of Administration […]

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Advocacy Covid-19 News

Endorsement: Vaccine Equity for POC

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts endorses the petition letter of the Vaccine Equity NOW! Coalition and demand that Governor Baker take immediate action to prioritize access to the vaccine for the communities hardest hit by the pandemic.  Download the entire statement: DAM-VEN-Petition.docx. The Black, Latinx, and immigration communities have suffered a disproportionate burden in COVID-19 rates, hospitalization, […]

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Advocacy Covid-19 News

Endorsement: Vaccine Equity for PWD

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has endorsed the following Advocacy to add to listing of disability conditions to qualify for vaccination priority. Download the entire statement: DAM Disability Vaccine Letter.docx. People with quadriplegia, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and intellectual and developmental disabilities, among other many disabilities and health conditions, are not getting […]