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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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Richard Moore on Holyoke’s Soldier Home

Honor Our Aging Veterans, but let Holyoke’s Soldiers Home Fade Away.  Honor Our Aging Veterans, but let Holyoke’s Soldiers Home Fade Away. By Richard T. Moore In his famous address to the United States Congress on April 19, 1951, exactly seventy years ago, General Douglas MacArthur ended his valiant military career with the words of […]

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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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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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Facilities Holyoke Soldiers' Home News Policy

Policy Statement on Holyoke Soldier’s Home

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts urges the Commonwealth to put aside the current proposal to construct a 235-bed, congregate care facility and, instead, follow the Veterans Administration’s Small House Model Design Guide to create resident-centered communities focused on the needs and preferences of veterans.  The Small House Model provides exceptional rehabilitative and hospice care and chronic disease […]

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Facilities News

Long Term Care – John Oliver

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – April 12, 2021 – John Oliver explains the industry behind nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and why long-term care needs fixing. Penny Shaw, nursing home resident and advocate and member of Dignity Alliance Massachusetts, has a cameo appearance.

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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 […]

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Goals Statement

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has endorsed a set of transformative goals in March, 2021. Download Dignity Alliance Massachusetts Mission and Goals March 2021.docx. OUR MISSION Dignity Alliance Massachusetts is dedicated to transformative change to ensure the dignity of older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers. We are committed to advancing new ways of providing long-term […]