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Purpose of This Site

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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Massachusetts
Public Policy
Issues


  • Bed Hold for Fiscal Year 2018 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 ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 9:33 AM by Frank Baskin
  • PNA for Fiscal Year 2018 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 ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 9:16 AM by Frank Baskin
  • Elder Behavioral Health Funding for Fiscal Year 2018 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 ...
    Posted May 2, 2017, 11:03 AM by Frank Baskin
  • PERSONAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE(PNA)AND BED HOLD 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 ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2016, 11:14 AM by Frank Baskin
  • ELDER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FUNDING(EBH) 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 ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2016, 11:20 AM by Frank Baskin
  • WRITTEN INFORMED CONSENT(WIC) 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 ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2016, 11:23 AM by Frank Baskin
  • PNA/BED HOLD for Fiscal 2016 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 ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2015, 12:40 PM by Frank Baskin
  • Mass Senate 2016 Budget 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 ...
    Posted May 15, 2015, 5:48 AM by Frank Baskin
  • Older Adult Behavioral Health(Formerly Geriatric Mental Health) 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 ...
    Posted May 14, 2015, 6:19 AM by Frank Baskin
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Federal  
Public Policy Issues

 


  • JIMMO STANDARD NOT BEING IMPLEMENTED There is some evidence that the Medicare established eligibility standards for skilled care are not being followed. These were effective as of January, 2014. Beneficaries......FOR MORE CLICK TITLE... no ...
    Posted May 15, 2015, 5:51 AM by Frank Baskin
  • 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
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    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 May 15, 2015, 5:53 AM 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
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