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Bed Hold for Fiscal Year 2018

posted Apr 25, 2017, 9:33 AM by Frank Baskin

This was not included in either the Governor's or the Ways & Means Budget. There was no language or funding for this benefit. Representative Sean Garabally submitted an amendment and it was supported by over 30 other reps. We will be advocate as the House  debates and then to the Senate. Senator Montigny will lead in the Senate.

PNA for Fiscal Year 2018

posted Apr 25, 2017, 9:16 AM by Frank Baskin

The House Ways & Means Committee included the PNA in its budget. It did not include "up to " language which would allow the reduction of the PNA without  public hearing or returning to the legislature for permission. We are hopeful this moves forward in its current language.

Elder Behavioral Health Funding for Fiscal Year 2018

posted Apr 25, 2017, 9:04 AM by Frank Baskin   [ updated May 2, 2017, 11:03 AM ]

The House Ways & Means Committee included increase funding in its budget to $ 500,000. This is an increase from the current year which is $ 200,000. The language is the same and requires an interagency agreement with DMH and EOEA.
Currently, monies are funding a number of trainings. A small amount was used to complete the funding(from EOEA) of three COAs which are providing wrap around services for elders in their communities. We are hopeful of funding more COAs with these funds in F'Y 2018.
The House and then the Senate will have to approve this funding and then it goes to the desk of the Governor.

The House has now approved these funds in its 2018 F'Y budget.

PERSONAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE(PNA)AND BED HOLD

posted Aug 24, 2016, 11:58 AM by Frank Baskin   [ updated Aug 25, 2016, 11:14 AM ]

The PNA and the Bed Hold in Mass. are both safe for fiscal year 2017. All nursing and rest home residents should have the PNA at $ 72.80 per month. The medical leave will again be up to 20 days per episode and the 
non-medical leave will be 10 days per year. Recently, an observation day in the hospital has been equivalent to a hospital admission and would then count towards eligibility for nursing home care.That language
continues this year.



ELDER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FUNDING(EBH)

posted Aug 18, 2016, 12:28 PM by Frank Baskin   [ updated Aug 25, 2016, 11:20 AM ]

The Mass legislature passed funding for EBH  and also overrode the Governor's veto. Our Coalition(MAMHC) spoke with State officials to discuss how to implement and were informed that the Governor would not"authorize" funding as he concluded the budget was not in balance. Efforts are in process within the legislature to address this situation. The budget must be balanced but there are differences between the legislature and the administration in determining if it is balanced or not. We are working with members of the legislature about how to resolve this concern.  There is also a possibility that this might end up with 9-C cuts(from which there is little or no recourse).  We will keep you up to date.
 

WRITTEN INFORMED CONSENT(WIC)

posted Aug 16, 2016, 12:45 PM by Frank Baskin   [ updated Aug 25, 2016, 11:23 AM ]

Mass DPH has begun to implement the statute which requires  WIC for all psycho-tropic medications at nursing and rest homes. Many agree that there should be some modification of the circular letter which directs facilities how to implement. Among the issues are the list of medications which should need WIC, the time from admission to obtain the consent, who on staff should provide the consent, etc. Legislation will be required for some of this and modifications in the letter will do the rest. Consent may be obtained from the resident or ,when necessary, the health care proxy(HCP), or  guardian. 
A work group convened by DPH continues to meet and is considering these and other issues as they arise.

PNA/BED HOLD for Fiscal 2016

posted Jul 31, 2015, 11:02 AM by Frank Baskin   [ updated Aug 24, 2015, 12:40 PM ]

Each of these items are included in the 2016 budget with no changes.  All nursing/rest home residents in Mass can feel
safe that these benefits are in place. The next step(s) are to place them in statute.

Mass Senate 2016 Budget

posted May 15, 2015, 5:48 AM by Frank Baskin   [ updated May 15, 2015, 5:48 AM ]

Please contact your Mass State Senator asap to support the following in the Senate 2016 budget:

1. Senator L'Italien's amendment to enable elders(who fall below 300 % poverty line) to
be financially eligible for certain home care services.

2. Senator Lovely's amendment to increase funding for the case managers who assess, plan, and
follow-up with services for elders in the community.

3. Senator Montigny's amendment to add some essential detail to the bed hold(for nursing home residents) which is is the Ways and Means Committee budget(but does not include observation days, medical and non-medical
leave days).

BTW - The PNA is the same( $72.80) in both the House and the Senate and so should be okay

If you are unsure of your Senator and their contact info go to:

wheredoivotema.com

Please contact us with any questions.

Thank you,

 

Older Adult Behavioral Health(Formerly Geriatric Mental Health)

posted May 14, 2015, 6:19 AM by Frank Baskin

A supplemental budget will be used to fund this and other BIP projects. A number of State agencies have approached the Mass State legislature and they have agreed to place these BIP projects in a Supplemental budget request.These monies would come from the Community First Trust Fund and then placed in appropriate line items. While this should happen soon there is as yet no time line.

Geriatric Mental Health Funding

posted Apr 24, 2015, 5:55 AM by Frank Baskin   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 2:27 PM ]

Application was made to use funds in Mass from the Federal government for geriatric mental health services.Projects must balance the funds in community care versus institutional care.  Older Adult Behavioral Health Services would partner each ASAP and a mental health agency and require them to provide wrap around services. That would include mobile services, transportation, linguistic/translation services, elder peer counseling, legal and housing supports.

This application is making its way thru Massachusetts state government including state agencies the Governor's office, and the Legislature.

Please see the page for the Mass Aging and Mental Health Coalition for more.

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