The following are the immediate needs of UMass from the disability community as it moves forward in carrying out its responsibilities on the following areas (1, 2 and 3). Below these areas (4 and 5) is information about the number of hours available in the rates to be paid. Please send resumes to Linda Long-Bellil (email@example.com).
1. Public Awareness Campaign: A small team meets weekly (can be by phone) with MORE Advertising to provide feedback to and oversight of MORE’s work.
Request: one consultant who is a person with a disability/lived experience to join this oversight workgroup. Ideally, this person would have some expertise in public awareness or general information campaigns.
2. Targeted Outreach: Based on information that is being obtained from diverse stakeholders, a small core workgroup plans to draft content for targeted outreach materials that respond to frequently asked questions, as well as develop dissemination strategies to reach people with lived experiences who will enroll in the program and the providers that serve them. This core workgroup will need to develop at least draft materials and strategies within the next 3-4 weeks, although substantive work will continue beyond that.
Request: 2 consultants who are people with a lived experience to join this core workgroup. Ideally, we would like people who have expertise with the Demonstration’s six target populations: adults with physical disabilities; adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities; adults with serious mental illness; adults with substance use disorders; adults with disabilities who have multiple chronic illnesses or functional or cognitive limitations; and adults who are homeless. We’d particularly like expertise in adults with substance use disorders, adults who are homeless, and cultural competence in serving people with lived experience, but all expertise is needed.
These consultants would be expected to meet (can be by phone) at least weekly to develop draft content and strategies that would be shared with stakeholders for broader collaboration through a Topical Workgroup (similar to the ones MassHealth has had on Notices or Quality), and other forums including the monthly open Stakeholder meeting and the Implementation Council.
3. Shared Learning / Training: A core workgroup plans to oversee several different training activities for ICOs and their contracted providers, including webinars and online training courses, in-person Learning Sessions and the development of a training web site.
Request: 2-3 consultants who are people with a lived experience to help identify training topics, develop training content and curricula, and develop material for the web site. This ongoing workgroup would then identify qualified individuals, particularly people with lived experience, to serve as faculty presenters in each of these training activities. Faculty/presenters also would be paid for their work. I also think this will turn into a Topical Workgroup to gain broadercollaboration, as well as be discussed at Stakeholder Meetings and the Implementation Council. This work also is being coordinated with the ICOs’ trainings.
4. Number of hours: all consultants would be expected to participate in at least weekly meetings of 1-2 hours (probably more activity with email communications) as part of the core workgroups. As for duration – good question. Right now, we expect to need people definitely through March 31st, but the work will go longer (particularly on the training stuff). Potentially to December 31, 2013, but the work load would get lighter as the year goes on. As examples, the heavy work on the Public Awareness Campaign and the Targeted Outreach is from now through May 2013. The heavy work on the Training will be now through the Fall/Winter. You are right though – we need to get you a more specific estimate of hours. The training group is putting that together now. I’ll ask the targeted outreach and public awareness groups to do the same.
5. Hourly rates: I believe the groups budgeted roughly $50 per hour for consultants, but we recognize that some people come with greater knowledge and/or expertise and/or skill sets than others and may require higher rates. So we may have to be flexible, with consultants getting different rates. We did budget for $50/hour though.