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Save the RLCs! Come to the State House! Join Us for a Rally and Legislative Advocacy Day

Join Us for a Rally and Legislative Advocacy Day

Massachusetts Recovery Learning Communities (RLCs) are fighting for full funding of their $3.4 million budget following Governor Baker's proposal to cut 50% ($1.7 million) beginning July 1st, 2015. Slashing the RLC budget by half would devastate the RLCs and shut down centers and groups, leaving thosands of Massachusetts residents without access to much needed supports. We all need to come together to advocate for the full restoration of the RLC budget and protect the $3.4 million needed to fully fund Recovery Learning Communities. Join us on April 1st, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. at the Massachusetts State House Steps (Beacon Street) and 12 Noon to 3:00 P.M. for Advocacy Day! For more information, please visit and for a flyer about this event please click on the following link: RLC Rally and Advocacy Day

TLC Leads The Way in Disability Sensitivity Awareness Training!

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The Training and Learning Collaborative (TLC) is the Education Division of The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. (NILP). TLC is geared towards educating all organizations in a customized curriculum that provides disability sensitivity awareness and cultural competence training and consulting to all people who are connected in working with all consumers, clients, and/or employees who have a disability. TLC has unparalleled and exceptional expertise that cannot be duplicated anywhere else as its' pool of TLC trainers and consultants are comprised of people who are living with a disability and/or work with individuals who have a disability. TLC has a unique shared perspective and has proven effectiveness with all of the clients it has worked with. Why TLC? It is good for business! To find out more, please view the TLC video and click on the TLC tab on the menu.

Massachusetts One Care Initiative for Non-elderly Dual Eligibles

Massachusetts One Care Initiative for Non-elderly Dual Eligibles

The Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (*MMPI) is pleased to release a fact sheet and infographic on One Care Massachusetts' demonstration project for adults with disabilities between the ages of 21 and 64 who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The demonstration launched on October 1, 2013, and is slated to run through December 31, 2016. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have jointly contracted with three health plans to provide all medical, behavioral health, dental, pharmacy, and long-term support services covered by Medicare and Medicaid. The fact sheet provides a comprehensive description of One Care including an overview of key features of the program. The infographic provides information on enrollment in One Care by health plan, rating category, and geography. MMPI plans to update the enrollment infographic on a regular basis as new information becomes available. These publications draw from the materials MassHealth has made available though its' One Care website pulling together information from a wide variety of material into a single fact sheet. In addition, One Care has some great stories for you! In a series of videos, you can hear members explain why One Care works for them. To view these videos, please click on the following link: One Care Videos *Please note that MMPI is a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundtaion. MMPI is an independent and nonpartisan source of information and analysis about the Massachusetts Medicaid program (often referred to as "MassHealth"). MMPI's mission is to promote the development of effective Medicaid policy solutions through research and policy analysis and a rigorous and thoughtful public discussion of the program's successes and the challenges ahead.

NILP’s 30th Annual Legislative Forum was a Big Success!

NILP's 30th Annual Legislative Forum was a Big Success!

NILP's 30th Annual Legislative Forum that was held on the first day of spring, March 20th, 2015, at the Mass School of Law in Andover, MA, was a great success! Well over 100 people attended this event and with much particpation by the consumers that NILP serves as well as the Legislators, Officials, and more who were present. There was a good dialogue with consumers and others sharing their stories and bringing up issues that are central to the lives with people with all disabilities. The key topic of discussion at this event was "Nursing Home Transitions to Community Living" but other current relevant topics were discussed relating to people with disabilities who wish to live independently in the community. Thanks to everybody who participated in this event, among the very best Legislative Forums that NILP ever conducted, including the Consumers, Legislators including Members of Congress and State Senators and Representatives, State, City, and Town Officials, and more - all of you helped to make this event a significant and memorable one! Thanks also to the Mass School of Law in Andover, MA, for allowing NILP to use their fine facilities again this year for this event. For more photos and notes about this event, please visit the NILP facebook timeline by clicking on the facebook icon on this page.

Come and Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA on Boston Common!

Make plans to come to Boston Common on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of one of the most comprehensive civil rights bills in the history of this country, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)! Join us as we mark this milestone event with speakers, activities, and fun! It is a better world today thanks to the ADA. For more information regarding this important event, please visit the Boston ADA 25th Anniversary website by clicking on the following link: 25th ADA Boston Celebration and for sponsorships and donations for this special event, please click on the following link where you can donate online as an individual or as an organization: Donate to 25th ADA Boston Celebration Make your plans now to join with us at this milestone celebration in Boston of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA!