Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year Message from ILCNSCA

ILCNSCA wishes you all a Happy New Year! With the economic uncertainties coupled with high unemployment and polarization in Congress I have been reflecting that the holidays are a time of remembering and embracing our core values of respect, love, and friendship. ILCNSCA shares with you this message from another time of economic stress, high unemployment, and recovery from a war with returning veterans. It is President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 State of the Union message which had an Economic Bill of Rights as its centerpiece and here is an excerpt from that address:
‘We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed. Among these are:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world. ”
And this is a time to reflect on peace in the world,
ILCNSCA, Services And Advocacy for An Independent Life

TSA to launch Disability Hotline

Amid Complaints, and as the holiday travel season heats up, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is preparing to launch a toll-free hotline for passengers with disabilities, but at least one lawmaker is calling for the agency to do more. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., wants the TSA to designate passenger advocates at every airport to address concerns and help travelers with special needs.
Read the full article by Shaun Heasley in the Disability Scoop, December 13, 2011

***TIME CHANGE ALERT*** Let Your Voice Be Heard at MassHealth Public Hearing

January 4, 2012, 10 AM – 1 PM (instead of 9 AM – Noon) at the State Transportation Building, Conference Rooms 2 & 3, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA

Speak Out for Your Rights – Make sure proposed changes in MassHealth and Medicare support people with disabilities, not insurance companies. Protect PCA services! Increase peer support! Improve durable medical equipment services! Bring back dental coverage!

Massachusetts is proposing to combine services for people with disabilities who are on both Medicaid (MassHealth) and Medicare. This can improve how you get services, and even increase your access to PCAs, peer support, and DME. The state will even ask providers to comply with the ADA! But the plan may allow insurance companies to take away support services YOU depend on, which is a huge concern.
Speak on what works & what doesn’t in your healthcare! Contact: Dennis Heaphy at dheaphy@dpc-ma.org  or Bill Henning at bhenning@bostoncil.org for more information. Disability Advocates Advancing Our Healthcare Rights

Peer Support Workers Forum

The Northeast Area Peer Support Workers Forum: Friday, December 9, 2:00 – 4:30PM
NILP/NERLC, 20 Ballard Rd, Lawrence
What is the Peer Support Workers Forum?
We are a diverse group made up of Peer Specialists on CBFS, PACT, and emergency services teams, group facilitators and trainers, RLC program staff, peer advocates, and/or volunteers in diverse peer roles. We meet to discuss how we can shape and negotiate these many roles in the mental health system. We want to discover together how best to advocate for people’s ability to recover their lives. We want to help promote a deeper understanding the critical and unique role we can play in recovery and to support each other in the journey.
This month, we welcome Sian Phillips-Mason to talk about her work in the Office of Consumer Affairs of DMH. How can they learn from and support peer workers? Come and participate in a lively discussion with Sian. Please join us!  Invite other peer workers!
For more information about this group, please contact the facilitator: Karen Kieffer at 978-687-4288 x118.
If communication accommodations are needed, please call at least two weeks prior.
To accommodate people with chemical sensitivities, please do not use perfume or scented clothing.

EOHHS Public Hearing Friday, December 9 Venue Change

Please note there has been a change in the venue for the Friday December 9, 2011 EOHHS Public Hearing. Friday, December 9, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. The hearing will be held at the
Agganis Arena at Boston University, Francis D. Burke Club Room, 925 Commonwealth Ave.,
Boston, MA 02215-1204

MBTA: Agganis Arena is located directly across from the Pleasant Street MBTA Station Stop and is accessible by either Subway (Green B Line) or bus (57, 57A or 193).
Car: Parking available directly behind the Arena at the Agganis Arena Garage (accessible by either Buick Street or Harry Agganis Way), and metered parking along Commonwealth Avenue.
To access the Francis D. Burke Club Room, please enter the Agganis Arena through either of the Arena’s main entrances located at 925 Commonwealth Avenue. Staff will be on-site to direct you to the Club Room. Agganis Arena fully complies and exceeds all requirements as set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The hearing will be tentatively divided as follows:
•    2:00 to 3:00Disabilities and Community Services – MCDHH, MCB, MRC, DDS
•    3:00 to 4:00 Health Services – DMH, DPH, DHCFP, MassHealth
•    4:00 to 5:00Veterans, Elder Affairs, Soldiers’ Homes
•    5:00 to 6:00Children, Youth and Families – DCF, DYS, ORI, DTA
Since FY09, the Patrick-Murray Administration, in partnership with the Legislature, has solved over $14 billion in cumulative budgetary shortfalls. Because of several one-time revenue sources and the continued demand for services, FY13 will be challenging and require cuts and reductions and the need for the Administration to make difficult decisions.
To overcome this budget challenge, we will need to work together to reexamine all public services and their delivery and find innovative solutions so that we can continue our mission with minimal disruption. Governor Patrick, Secretary Bigby and all of us at EOHHS are seeking your input about the best ways to preserve core services to the fullest extent possible without additional expenditures.
Due to the number of individuals anticipated to attend the hearings, oral testimony will be limited to three minutes per individual. In the interest of time, representative panels are welcome and will be limited to a total of five minutes of oral testimony. If you need accommodations please call 617-573-1600 and let the receptionist know. Additionally, if you are planning to present oral testimony, you must be in the building by no later than 5:50 p.m.
Written testimony is also strongly encouraged and may be mailed to:
Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, EOHHS, One Ashburton Place, Room 1109, Boston, MA 02108
Or email: eohhshearings@massmail.state.ma.us.

Assistive Technology for Communication Free Workshop

Northeast Arc Family Support Center Free Workshop: Assistive Technology for Communication- presented by Easter Seals Massachusetts, Thursday, Dec 8 6:00-8:00 PM
Northeast Arc, 6 Southside Road, Danvers, MA 01923.
Learn about the latest in Assistive Technology Communication Devices and Apps that can be used to increase independence for people with disabilities.  Real-world examples will be provided and an opportunity for discussion, problem solving and idea sharing amongst the group. Workshops are free but pre-registration is required. Please contact Aymee Lucifora 978-624-2381 or alucifora@ne-arc. Registration is important – you will be notified in case of cancellation. Workshops will be held only if there are ten or more registered persons..