For Immediate Release - November 19, 2013

Patrick Administration Announces New Options for Community-Based Health Care and Long-Term Support

Contracts awarded to 33 community-based agencies to help elders and people with disabilities live independently in communities

BOSTON — Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) John Polanowicz today announced 33 contracts have been awarded to community-based organizations to help seniors and people with disabilities live independently in their homes and communities with local support services.

A component of the Affordable Care Act, the program is an initiative of the federal Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration Grant aimed to help states reduce their reliance on institutional long-term care and expand options for elders and people with disabilities to receive care in their community.

“The Patrick Administration has a strong commitment to Community First principles of providing seniors and people with disabilities options to choose where they live and receive services,” said Secretary Polanowicz. “Through this program we will be able to better provide cost-effective quality care while promoting self-sufficiency, dignity and independent living in the community.”

Funding for the Massachusetts MFP demonstration comes from a five-year $110 million federal grant, which began in 2011.The MFP initiative has already helped over 400 individuals move out of nursing facilities and other long-term care settings and return to their homes and communities. Provider organizations selected through recent contracts will allow the expansion of these services to help an additional 1,800 Massachusetts residents. These organizations will support smooth transfers from facilities to community settings, plan and arrange the supports and services individuals need to live safely in the community, and assist in locating affordable and accessible housing among other services.

“These organizations have long histories of partnering with MassHealth to provide community services for our members,” said Massachusetts Medicaid Director Kristin Thorn. “Extending these partnerships allows the Commonwealth to support our goal of Community First while reducing overall health care costs."

Those qualifying for the MFP demonstration include Medicaid-eligible individuals in nursing facilities, chronic and rehabilitation hospitals, public health hospitals, intermediate care facilities for people with intellectual disabilities and certain psychiatric hospitals who prefer to receive long-term services and supports in the community.

MassHealth is Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, providing health benefits to people with limited incomes.

See the below list of MFP Demonstration Transition Coordination Entities.

Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore, Inc.Lynn
BayPath Elder Services, Inc.Marlborough
Boston Center for Independent LivingBoston
Boston Senior Home CareBoston
Bristol Elder ServicesFall River
Center for Living & Working, Inc.Worcester
Central Boston Elder ServicesBoston
Chelsea Revere Winthrop Home Care Center Inc.Chelsea
Coastline Elderly Services, Inc.New Bedford
Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD)Hyannis
Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc.Pittsfield
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc.South Dennis
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.Lawrence
Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.Worcester
Southwest Boston Senior Services, Inc. d/b/a EthosJamaica Plain
Franklin County Home Care CorporationTurners Falls
Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.Springfield
Health and Social Service Consortium, Inc. HESSCO Elder ServicesSharon
Highland Valley Elder Services, Inc.Florence
Independence Associates, Inc.Brockton
MetroWest Center for Independent Living, Inc.Framingham
Minuteman Senior ServicesBedford
Montachusett Home Care CorporationLeominster
Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc.Malden
Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc.Lawrence
Old Colony Elder Services, Inc.Brockton
Southeast Center for Independent Living, Inc.Fall River
Somerville-Cambridge Elder ServicesSomerville
South Shore Elder Services, Inc.Braintree
Stavros Center for Independent Living, Inc.Amherst
Tri-Valley, Inc.Dudley
WestMass ElderCare, Inc.Holyoke

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