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The Greater Lowell Elder Mental Health Collaborative developed this elder mental health resource guide on a web site in order to provide information which is accessible and current.

The information in this guide is available to anyone (except the section on agencies and services about the Lowell area).

It is our hope that this guide will help you to make referrals or to obtain services more easily. It will not help you to make diagnoses or assessments for yourself or for others.

We encourage you to let us know if you have suggestions about information or what could be added to any section.

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Public Policy

  • Gov's Budget and Geriatric Mental Health Governor Patrick submitted his 2015 Budget with no monies in it for Geriatric Mental Health. Many advocates are contacting the Mass House Ways & Means Committee to....CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2014, 1:37 PM by Frank Baskin
  • GERIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH HEARING This oversight hearing was held on 1/16. Numerous individuals spoke and and advocated for the availability of appropriate and accessible mental health services for elders....CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2014, 7:05 AM by Frank Baskin
  • GERIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH HEARING Thursday 1/16/2014 there will be a legislative oversight hearing on this issue in Room A-1 at the State House in Boston. This ...PLEASE CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2013, 12:57 PM by Frank Baskin
  • FINAL MA 2014 BUDGET It has been finalized despite vetoes by the Governor which were over ridden .Many elder related items(with the exception of elder mental health) were in....FOR MORE CLICK TITLE ...
    Posted Aug 5, 2013, 6:06 AM by Frank Baskin
  • Mass 2014 Budget on Gov's Desk The Mass legislature passed a 2014 budget which includes provisions for elders. That includes full funding for the Personal Needs Allowance(PNA) and bed hold for....FOR MORE CLICK TITLE ...
    Posted Jul 3, 2013, 1:20 PM by Frank Baskin
  • Geriatric Mental Health Cases There is no funding in the Mass State budget for elder mental health for 2014. The next step is for hearings by the State Mental Health... CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2013, 12:30 PM by Frank Baskin
  • Senate Budget and Geriatric Mental Health The Mass Senate Ways and Means Committee released its recommended 2014 budget and there was no funding for elder mental health. Senator Donnelly agreed. to submit.. ..CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted May 20, 2013, 7:05 AM by Frank Baskin
  • HOUSE BUDGET AND GERIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH   The MA House passed a 2014 budget with no funding for geriatric mental health. There was leadership from Rep Liz Malia and some support from other ...FOR MORE CLICK TITLE ...
    Posted May 1, 2013, 8:29 AM by Frank Baskin
  • GERIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH LINE ITEM During 2007- '08 there was funds for geriatric mental health services in the Mass State budget(9110-1640). It has been empty since then. That funding...FOR MORE CLICK TITLE ...
    Posted Mar 18, 2013, 6:34 AM by Frank Baskin
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Public Policy Issues


  • NEW MEDICARE STANDARD FOR SKILLED CARE Medicare has established a new standard for community and nursing home skilled care. Maintaining current level of care or preventing deterioration are now standards along.....PLEASE CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2013, 6:31 AM by Frank Baskin
    Posted Dec 5, 2013, 11:26 AM by Frank Baskin
  • Anti-Psychotic Medication Use/Misuse Misuse of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes: Are We Making Any Progress? The recent settlement of criminal and civil charges against Johnson & Johnson for off label....FOR MORE CLICK TITLE ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2013, 7:26 AM by Frank Baskin
  • HEALTH CARE LAW MARKETPLACES Each state will set up market places where consumers can purchase health insurance as required by federal law. Below is a Q & A by Kaiser Health ...FOR MORE CLICK TITLE ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2013, 6:19 AM by Frank Baskin
  • Hospital Observation Status and CMS CMS Invites Public Comment on Observation Status As part of a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal RegisAs part ter on March 18, 2013 CMS is ....FOR ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2013, 12:19 PM by Frank Baskin
  • President's 2014 Budget/Medicare and Social Security The President is proposing a budget which will impact Medicare and Social Security. Medicare A and B may be combined and Social Security would .be determined ..CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2013, 12:26 PM by Frank Baskin
  • CLASS ACT(LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE) The President and Congress dealt with the fiscal cliff on 1/1. In the process they took the CLASS act out of the budget and.the....FOR MORE CLICK TITLE ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2013, 8:26 AM by Frank Baskin
  • MEDICARE AND SKILLED CARE CMS(Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) has agreed to change its eligibility rules for those who need skilled nursing home and also in-home and ...CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2012, 6:17 AM by Frank Baskin
  • MEDICARE/HOSPITAL OBSERVATION DAYS Following is information about a bill in Congress which would address the hosptial "observation day" issue. Some individuals may go to a hospital for several days.....FOR MORE CLICK TITLE ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2013, 12:24 PM by Frank Baskin
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