Gen Silent – A Stu Maddox Documentary at Salem State University

North Shore Elder Services and Salem State University present:
Gen Silent – A Stu Maddox Documentary
“The generation that fought hardest to come out is going back in to survive.”
“What would you do if you were old, disabled or ill, and the person feeding you put down the spoon and explained that you are going to hell unless you change your sexual orientation?”

Sunday April 3, 2011, 2:00-4:00 pm, Salem State University, Marsh Hall
Sponsored by North Shore Elder Services and Salem State University School of Social Work
Discussion to follow the movie, moderated by Mr. Bob Linscott, Assistant Director, LGBT Aging Project and Dr. Sarah Greenberg, Professor, Salem State University

Tickets $10 each: Order online: www.gensilentmovie.eventbrite.com, or email ticket requests: rgauthier@nselder.org or call 978-750-4540 ext 220. For directions, go to www.salemstate.edu

Old & Bold Coalition, North Shore Elder Services, Salem State University.

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $110 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY LIVING INITIATIVES

Massachusetts Receives Largest Award from Affordable Care Act Over Five Years to Help Elders and Individuals with Disabilities Live in Own Communities

The Patrick-Murray Administration today announced that Massachusetts will receive $110 million in federal funds over five years as part of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, which supports seniors and individuals with disabilities so they may live in their own homes or in community settings successfully. Massachusetts is one of 13 states to receive federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding for the program and will receive $13.5 million in the first year, the largest grant awarded.

“We have always been committed to the principle of Community First and ensuring that Massachusetts residents have more choices for access to care and how they want to live,” said Governor Patrick. “We will use this funding to ensure that both seniors and individuals with disabilities who want to live in their own homes and communities have the support they need to do so successfully.” With this federal funding, the state will support the transition of more than 2,200 Medicaid-eligible individuals who are currently living in institutional settings, including nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities, into community-based care. As part of this effort, the state will initiate a more robust means of identifying eligible participants; counsel individuals about available community-living options; and provide transition and long-term support services.

“This grant offers significant support for seniors and individuals with disabilities,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby. “By offering more funding for community supports, we are giving individuals an array of options for enriched residential living and care.” The MFP program provides individuals living in nursing homes or other institutions with new opportunities to live in the community with the services and supports they need. Individuals who will benefit from these home-and-community based services include elders and people with intellectual, developmental and/or physical disabilities, mental illness, and brain injury, among other conditions. “This federal funding is a tremendous boost to our efforts to expand choices and improve the lives of our members,” said Medicaid Director Terry Dougherty. “This project will strengthen our commitment to transitioning elders and people with disabilities to the community from institutional settings and improving MassHealth’s quality infrastructure, data resources, and reporting capabilities.”
Charles Carr, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, added, “Our cross-disability approach will greatly advance our efforts to make sure that people in institutional settings, regardless of their disability, have the opportunity to move to the community.” “The Executive Office of Elder Affairs welcomes this additional funding to offer a broader array of services and supports to those individuals who would prefer to return to community living from their institutional settings,” said Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Ann L. Hartstein. “This grant will allow us to fulfill the dreams of people with disabilities who prefer to live in their homes with community-based supports.”
“The independent living centers are looking forward to making this new opportunity for people with disabilities a reality for those currently stuck in institutional settings,” said Jim Krudinier, Executive Director of the Stavros Center for Independent Living.

“Money Follows the Person will provide an additional opportunity for the Commonwealth’s Aging and Disability Consortia to assist nursing facility residents to successfully transition to community settings,” said Dale Mitchell, Executive Director of Ethos, a non-profit organization that promotes the independence, dignity, and well-being of elders and people with disabilities.

As part of this initiative, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services has a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Housing and Community Development to collaborate on the creation of housing options for individuals transitioning from institutions into the community over the course of the five-year grant demonstration period. The Office of Medicaid, which is serving as the grant lead, is collaborating with a broad range of state government partners, including the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and the Departments of Developmental Services, Mental Health, and Public Health..

Come see Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts 2011 crowned!

Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts Advocacy Competition
Sunday, March 27th 2011, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Carson Place” at the Bayside Expo Center, 180 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02125

Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts is NOT a beauty contest. Contestants are judged on their accomplishments, self-perception, and communication skills in the following: Personal Interviews, On-stage Interviews, and a Platform Speech. Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts Expo features Mobility Product Vendors, Non-profit organizations and General Vendors. Meet Former and Current Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts and AmericaTitleholders, while enjoying the Bake Sale and Raffles.
 
Please visit the Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts Foundation website for more information
www.mswheelchairmass.org or at facebook at Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts Foundation.
Please use the North Entrance to the Bayside Expo Center Complex. At the parking attendant booth mention you are going to Carson Place and you will not be charged to park. Admission is free!  A small donation is appreciated from those attending the crowning ceremony. Email :
mswheelchairmass06@yahoo.com .

AoA, CMS, VA National Grantee Meeting: February 15th, 2011

s-launderville-k-greenlee-and-mmm1Mary Margaret Moore, Executive Director of ILCNSCA, attended the Administration on Aging (AoA), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Veterans Affairs (VA) National Grantee Meeting on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 and facilitated a workshop with Aging and Centers on Independent Living on Best Practices in Best Practices in Aging and Disability Partnerships Discussion.

This was the first time at an Adminstration on Aging conference that Aging services were presenting with Centers on Independent Living.

In the first photo, L-R: Susan Launderville, Executive Director, Vermont CIL, Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for the Administration on Aging, and Mary Margaret Moore, Executive Director, ILCNSCA.

aoa-panelAn historic panel (partially shown in second photo) addressed Aging Services and ILCs to insure that the ‘D’ in ADRC is now a priority among Administration on Aging, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, VA, Department of Education, and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. The panel consisted of the following:  Henry Claypool, Director, Department of Health & Human Services Office on Disability, Sharon Lewis, Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, Lynnae Ruttledge, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education,  Robert Hornyak – Acting Director, Center for Planning, Policy and Evaluation, Administration on Aging,  Melissa Hulbert,  Acting Director, Division of Community Systems Transformations, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Sue Swenson, Acting Director, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Education

Again, Massachusetts  is a leader in this development and ILCNSCA is right at the table!.

Employment Opportunity ITNGreater Boston

Position Title: Executive Director, ITNGreaterBoston
Supervisor: Chairperson, ITNGreaterBoston Board of Directors
Background & organization description
Safe, dignified, affordable transportation is key to empowering older adults to stay active in the community and maintain their health and quality of life. Metrowest Community Health Care Foundation (MWCHCF) and Tufts Health Plan Foundation (THPF) partnered to address this issue by supporting the creation of a Greater Boston affiliate of an innovative national transportation model for seniors and visually impaired individuals: the Independent Transportation Network(r) (ITNAmerica(r)). The ITN model combines the power of information technology with the strength of local, grassroots support to create a financially sustainable solution to these unique transportation needs. The new ITNGreaterBoston (ITNGB) affiliate will serve Greater Boston and Metrowest communities. Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA) has been engaged to launch ITNGB. HRiA is a Boston-based non-profit organization whose mission is to help people live healthier lives and create healthy communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research. HRiA will function as the fiscal agent and support the development of the ITNGB organization. Once ITNGB has been established, HRiA will turn over governance to the Board of Directors and Executive Director.
Position summary
The Executive Director (ED) of ITNGB will lead a start-up organization and benefit from participation in a growing innovative transportation movement. The ED position requires a community-oriented yet business-savvy self-starter seeking an exciting challenge and the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of seniors and visually impaired individuals. An effective ED will be a highly motivated entrepreneurial individual committed to successfully launching ITNGB. The ideal ED candidate will have a broad range of skills, including the ability to: facilitate community engagement; solicit and secure local, corporate and philanthropic support; present the model publicly to the full spectrum of stakeholders; recruit, train and supervise staff and volunteers; ensure that operations, finances, systems and data are managed efficiently and effectively; and prioritize sensitivity and responsiveness to members’ needs. ITNGB’s ED is responsible for all operations of the transportation network and, under the guidance of the Board of Directors, for the economic sustainability of the non-profit corporation.
Duties
* Administration and Governance * General Operations * Human Resources * Financial Management * Fundraising * Community Outreach * Marketing and Communications * Customer Relations * Public/Media Relations * Information Management * Volunteer Recruitment and Management * Intern Program Management * Safety and Training
Qualifications & requirements
* Substantial management experience, business management experience preferred, * Strong written and verbal communication skills essential * Entrepreneurial/Start-Up perspective * Proven excellence in leadership * History of successful fundraising ability * Experience managing organization finances and budgets * Ability to work independently and to meet timelines * Ability to plan, organize, problem solve, and prioritize in a quickly growing organization * Ability to work with the ITNGB Board and collaborate with ITNAmerica staff * Insight and skill in Board development and engagement * Commitment to ITNGB mission and values * Skill and comfort doing Community Outreach (including: public speaking, volunteer recruitment, corporate relationships) * Bachelor’s degree preferred
Position Location
Interim office location: 95 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA
Permanent Office Location: Boston, MA
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.
Diversity in organizational practices is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.
Please forward cover letter, resumes and salary requirements by March 15, 2011 to:
jobs@hria.org or Human Resources, Health Resources in Action, 95 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116. www.itngreaterboston.org www.hria.org Karel Havle Jr., PHR Human Resources/Office Manager khavle@hria.org <mailto:khavle@hria.org> Health Resources in Action, Inc. 95 Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02116 P: 617.279.2240, ext 515 F: 617.451.0062 http://www.hria.org <http://hria.org/>
Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is a nonprofit public health organization dedicated to promoting individual and community health through prevention, health promotion, policy, and support of medical research. HRiA is the parent organization of The Medical Foundation division for medical research grants programs and philanthropic advisory services..

Teen Dating Abuse Prevention Forum

Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett invites you to join us for an informative session on teen dating abuse and prevention programs. Featuring Laura Sampson, a family member of a teen dating abuse victim.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 8:30 a.m.— noon. North Shore Community College, Allied Health & Professions Building, Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA

Representatives from Girls, Inc. (Lynn), Gloucester Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Partnership, Melrose Alliance Against Violence and Teens Against Dating Abuse (Ipswich High School) will present existing dating abuse prevention programs.
Space is limited! Registration deadline is March 10.
Email your name, organization and phone to:
Debra.Macgregor@state.ma.us Teen Dating Abuse Prevention Forum. For more information call Debbie 978-745-6610, ext. 5081 or Carrie Kimball Monahan: 978-745-6610, ext. 5079.

Organizations with Teen Dating Abuse information are invited to staff a table with related materials from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. If you are interested, please indicate that you would like a table when you register by March 10th..

Online Housing Survey

A student at the Harvard Kennedy School (Olin Parker) is conducting a policy analysis to assess the need for accessible housing in the Greater Boston Area.  Virtually everyone agrees that a lack of accessible housing is a problem—though no one seems to know how great the problem is.  This study attempts to answer that gap in the data through a short online survey.

In an effort to help Olin gather data, would you be willing to take a survey about your current living situation? Responses to the survey will be entirely anonymous, but email addresses are needed in order to fill out the survey.

If you are able to take the survey (or nominate people to complete this survey), please contact Olin directly at olinparker@gmail.com by Monday, February 21st.  Just put “Housing Survey” in the subject line and a brief message saying you’d like to participate, and Olin will follow up with you. 
Thank you for your help in addressing the accessible housing shortage in the Greater Boston Area!

 
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