Brain Injury/General Information

Disability Law

  • Disability Law Center of Massachusetts  http://www.dlc-ma.org/  DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities.
  • Mass Legal Help  http://www.masslegalhelp.org/disability 
  • Massachusetts Office on Disabilityhttp://www.mass.gov/anf/employment-equal-access-disability/oversight-agencies/mod/
    The primary mission of the MOD is to ensure the full and equal participation of all people with disabilities in all aspects of life by working to advance legal rights, maximum opportunities, supportive services, accommodations and accessibility in a manner that fosters dignity and self-determination.
  • National Health Law Program  http://www.healthlaw.org/  Excellent site, includes detailed information about federal health policy, especially Medicaid and Medicare. Great links. 

Public Benefits / General Assistance

  • Department of Transitional Assistance  http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dta/ The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, or DTA, is the state agency which administers all state-funded emergency programs such as food stamps (SNAP, fuel and cash assistance)
  • Mass Options   https://www.massoptions.org/massoptions/  A resources that links elders and individuals with disability to the resources they need to live independently.
  • Housing and Economic Development  http://www.mass.gov/hed/economic/eohed/dhcd/how-to-obtain-housing-assistance.html This reference guide, provided by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is for Massachusetts residents seeking information on housing for low and moderate income families and individuals.
  • MASSCAP Massachusetts Association for Community Action Agencies  http://www.masscap.org/agencies.html  CAAs provide emergency assistance to people in crisis; address the causes of poverty through programs that fight unemployment, inadequate housing, poor nutrition, and lack of educational opportunity; and provide training in advocacy skills  
  • Independent Living Centers in Massachusetts   http://www.masilc.org/membership/cils
    Independent Living Centers are typically non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Their goal is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential within their
    families and communities.

Health Care

  • Medicare http://www.mass.gov/anf/employee-insurance-and-retirement-benefits/status-changes/medicare-1.html  Medicare is a federal health insurance program for retirees age 65 or older and certain disabled people. Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital care, some skilled nursing facility care and hospice care. Medicare Part B covers physician care, diagnostic x-rays and lab tests, and durable medical equipment. Medicare Part D is a federal prescription drug program. 
  • Medicare Rights Center.    http://www.medicarerights.org  The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.
  • Medicaid / MassHealth  http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/masshealth/  In Massachusetts, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are combined into one program called MassHealth. MassHealth members may be able to get doctors’ visits, prescription drugs, hospital stays, and many other important services at little or no cost.

Special Education Guidelines

Veterans

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post – 9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. For more information visit www.hfotusa.org or call 508-823-3300.

 

Obtain information by calling (617) 204-3852 or toll-free (in Massachusetts only) 1-800-223-2559. TTY: (617) 204-3817. Or send an e-mail to SHIPU@MRC.state.ma.us.

 


This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission