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Resolution – Mandate Vax for Nursing Homes Employees

Covid-19 Facilities News Resolution
Download the full resolution Calling on Nursing Home Providers and Caregivers to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations to Protect All In their…

Advocacy Letters for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Advocacy Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Housing News
On May 25, 2021, Governor Baker signed legislation authorizing bond financing for the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home providing $400 million for…

Biden to require COVID vaccines for nursing home staff

Covid-19 Facilities News
August 18, 2021 – WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that his administration will require that nursing…

S418 and H745: Personal Care Homes

Facilities Home and Community Based Housing News Testimony
An Act relative to expanding the availability of personal care homes for older adults “Personal care home” or “home”, a…

Nursing Home Industry is Heavily Taxpayer-Subsidized

Facilities Home and Community Based News
Special Report from the Center for Medicare Advocacy – July 2021. Download the full report: Special-Report-SNF-Subsidies.pdf Nursing Home Industry is…

Support S406 – Small House Nursing Homes

Facilities News Testimony
Download Jim Lomastro’s testimony (docx): Elder Affairs S406 Small Homes DAM. Good morning.  Thank you for the opportunity to speak…

Support S413, H733

Facilities News Testimony Worker Support
June 30, 2021 Download the pdf: Testimony on S413 and H733 An Act to Improve Employee Standards for MA Nursing…

Support S414, H727

Facilities News Testimony Worker Support
June 30, 2021 Download the pdf: Testimony on S414 and H727 An Act to Ensure Quality of Care in Nursing…

Support Community Service Budget Items

Actions Advocacy Home and Community Based
Action Steps – Contact Mass State Senators and Reps to advocate with the conference committee to support the House version…

Response to RFI Rescue Plan Act

Advocacy Home and Community Based News Testimony
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts’ Response to the Request for Information American Rescue Plan Act Home and Community-Based Community HCBS Initiatives May…

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home bond bill S. 2439

Advocacy Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home News
Dear Senators, Dignity Alliance Massachusetts supports the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home bond bill S. 2439 as well as adoption of Amendment…

Boston Globe on Holyoke’s Soldiers Home

Advocacy Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home News
Read two articles from the Boston Globe. The first is by the Globe Editorial Board, Holyoke veterans deserve more than…

Richard Moore on Holyoke’s Soldier Home

Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home News
Honor Our Aging Veterans, but let Holyoke’s Soldiers Home Fade Away.  Honor Our Aging Veterans, but let Holyoke’s Soldiers Home…

FY 2022 Budget Amendment Endorsement 7004-9030

Advocacy Housing News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts advocates for the adoption of the following amendment affecting Line Item 7004-9030: Alternative Housing Voucher Program, mobile…

FY 2022 Budget Amendment Endorsement: 4120-4000

Advocacy Behavioral Health News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts advocates for the adoption of the following amendment affecting Line Item 4120-4000 (Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission): For a…

FY 2022 Budget Amendment Endorsement: 9110-1640

Advocacy News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts advocates for the adoption of the following amendment affecting Line Item 9110-1640 (Executive Office of Elder Affairs):…

Policy Statement on Holyoke Soldier’s Home

Facilities Holyoke Soldiers’ Home News Policy
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts urges the Commonwealth to put aside the current proposal to construct a 235-bed, congregate care facility and,…

Long Term Care – John Oliver

Facilities News
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – April 12, 2021 – John Oliver explains the industry behind nursing homes and…

Endorsement: Vaccine Equity for POC

Advocacy Covid-19 News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts endorses the petition letter of the Vaccine Equity NOW! Coalition and demand that Governor Baker take immediate…

Endorsement: Vaccine Equity for PWD

Advocacy Covid-19 News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has endorsed the following Advocacy to add to listing of disability conditions to qualify for vaccination priority….

Goals Statement

News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has endorsed a set of transformative goals in March, 2021. Download Dignity Alliance Massachusetts Mission and Goals…

Resolution: Call for Compassionate Care Visitation Policy

Covid-19 News Resolution
Call for Compassionate Care Visitation Policy for Nursing Home Residents Download the full resolution which includes references: Nursing Home Compassionate…

Resolution: Proposed Amendments to 105 CMR 150.000 Standards for Long Term Care Facilities

Facilities News Resolution
Download the testimony: Testimony 105CMR150.000 Standards for Long-Term Care Facilities DPH Hearing 2021.docx or scroll down. (Download includes extensive references,…

Resolution: Change 1115 Waiver Renewal

Covid-19 Facilities News Resolution
Download Dignity Alliance’s comments on the renewal of the Commonwealth’s 1115 Renewal: 1115 Waiver Renewal DAM.docx. Comments regarding the Renewal…

Harvard Webinar on FERNALD’S LEGACY

Advocacy News
ENSURING WE NEVER FORGET DISABILITY RIGHTS HISTORY Wednesday March 10 noon – 1:30. Panelists: Alex Green, Reggie Clark, Woody Gaw…

Joint Committee on Covid-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management Hearing Feb. 25 at 11:00 a.m.

Covid-19 News
The Joint Committee on Covid-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management will hold its first in a series of oversight hearings…

Resolution: Urging the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation to Correct the Social Security COVID Cut – December 2020

Covid-19 Resolution
Whereas, Older Adults and People with Disabilities in Massachusetts and all Americans age fifty or overs are already on edge…

Testimony: Hearing on Understanding the Tragedy

Covid-19 Facilities Testimony
The hearing was held on October 13. For more information, including video testimony, visit: https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3580. Paul Lanzikos can be seen…

Resolution: Single-Occupancy Rooms

Facilities Resolution
We urge the immediate creation of an initiative to demonstrate the efficacy of nursing facilities operating primarily with single-occupancy rooms….

Resolution: Determine Why and How Residents and Workers Incurred the Worst Impact of Covid-19

Covid-19 Facilities Resolution Worker Support
We call for further legislative inquiry to determine why and how residents and workers disproportionately incurred the worst impact of…

Resolution: Universal Availability of Frontline Worker Supports

Covid-19 Resolution Worker Support
We strongly advocate appropriations to ensure the universal availability of necessary supports, including, but not limited to, sufficient and appropriate…

Resolution: Expand Availability of Home and Community Services

Home and Community Based Resolution
An immediate objective is the expansion of the ability of older adults and persons with disabilities to receive comprehensive services,…

Testimony: Applications for Determination of Need from Long-Term Care Facilities

Facilities Testimony
Testimony to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Determination of Need Program relative to its Memorandum on Applications for Determination…

Resolution: Specialized Populations

Behavioral Health Facilities Resolution
Dignity Alliance supports lifting the DON moratorium for specialized skilled nursing facilities for substance use/mental health issues and COVID-19 rehabilitation….

Resolution: Enhanced Infection Control

Covid-19 Facilities Resolution
Dignity Alliance generally applauds the Department’s attention to infection control and believes this should be a priority for ALL skilled…

Resolution: Dedication of New Beds for MassHealth Recipients

Facilities Resolution
Dignity Alliance applauds the Department’s recognition that older adults and persons with disabilities who qualify for MassHealth have the right…

Resolution: Performance Scores

Facilities Resolution
Dignity Alliance agrees that quality measures and past performance of applicants are vital to offering long-term care services. Issue An…

Resolution: Compliance with DON Health Priorities

Facilities News Resolution
Dignity Alliance urges the Department to set the bar high and suggests that all the listed priorities are important. Applicants…

Alison Barkoff

News
Alison Barkoff was sworn into office as the Principal Deputy Administrator on January 20, 2021, and currently is serving as…

Baker says vaccine will be administered to those in shelters, prisons, and senior housing

Covid-19 Facilities News
By Travis Andersen Globe Staff, January 13, 2021 Governor Charlie Baker said Wednesday that Massachusetts will start administering the COVID-19…

Request to State Auditor

Behavioral Health Covid-19 Facilities News
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts has sent a letter to State Auditor Suzanne Bump, asking for a follow up audit of nursing…

Correct the SS Covid Cut

Covid-19 News
Without this protection, people who become eligible for Social Security in 2022 will be the victims of potentially reduced benefits,…

Arlene Germain and Paul Lanzikos Interview on Covid-19

Covid-19 Facilities News
25 Investigates: Second wave of COVID-19 crashing into Mass. nursing homes November 16: Boston 25 News interviewed Dignity Alliance on…

OPPOSE Waltham Light Show at Fernald

Advocacy News
Disability Advocates Oppose Waltham Light Show at Abandoned Institution We are calling on the City of Waltham and the Waltham…

Budget Items for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Testimony
Read FY 21 Budget Letter to Ways and Means.docx to learn about DAM’s specific recommended improvements to the budget. Note:…

Act To Address Estate Recovery Issues Due To COVID-19

Covid-19 Testimony
Download the testimony: Dignity Alliance Estate Recovery Testimony 20890.docx October 30, 2020 H4978 / S2818 Dear Chairs of the Judiciary…

Covid-19 Testing in Congregate Settings

Covid-19 Facilities Testimony
Download the Letter to Governor Baker about Covid-19 Testing.docx. Covid-19 testing for older adults and persons with disabilities living in…

National Legislation on Infection Reporting

Covid-19 Facilities Testimony
Stakeholders urge Congress to empower CDC to protect patient safety in legislation to help address the COVID emergency Download the…

The Shameful Toll of Nursing Homes

Covid-19 Facilities News Testimony
New York Times Letter to the Editor Download the New York Times September 6 Response.docx To the Editor: Re: “The…

Patriot Ledger Announcement

Facilities News
Nice write-up in the Patriot Ledger! Working for widescale nursing home reform by Sue Scheibel on September 2, 2020.

COVID Made Nursing Home Caregiving A Deadly Occupation; Immigrants And Minorities Bear The Brunt

Covid-19 Facilities News Worker Support
WGBH, and lead journalist Chris Burrell published a two part investigative series on the devastating impact of the coronavirus on…

Dignity Alliance MA Announced!

News
Coalition of Disability and Senior Advocacy Organizations Forms in Response to Nursing Home Deaths Everyone deserves to live a full…