2013 World AIDS Day Vigil in Salem, MA

Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Elizabeth Montgomery Statue, Corner of Essex and Washington St, Salem, MA at 6:30 PM

Candlelight vigil, music, words, & memories.

1412259_780400981985288_631813572_o (2)Sponsored by: Over the Rainbow Coalition of the North Shore; New England HIV 50 and Over; Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. North Shore Elder Services; North Shore Health Project; Go Out Loud; The Scarlet Letter Press and Gallery

English Classes Registration

Classes will begin in January 2014

For more information regarding classes

callLuz  Garay  at CDC – 978-825-4014 or Jill Bowen/Trish Kennedy at Catholic Charities 978-740-6923    

To volunteer (teach) contact Paul Woods at 781-593-2312 or by email paul_woods@ccab.org

Where: North Shore Community Development Coalition

104 Lafayette St. Salem, MA 01970

Dates and Times: Monday, December 2, 2013 2:30 – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 10:30 – 2:00 PM

Housing Provider Charged with Discrimination against Resident with Support Animal

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has charged the East River Housing Corporation in New York City with alleged violation of the Fair Housing Act. The housing provider would not let a resident keep an emotional support dog in her apartment, and then tried to evict her when she refused to get rid of the dog. 

Visit Disability.Blog for more information about housing rights and many other topics of interest to people with disabilities.

December is all about “Learning”

Come join the December Easter Seals MA Youth Leadership Network, with four convenient and accessible meeting locations across Massachusetts (Worcester, Springfield, Boston, and New Bedford). In partnership with the MA Rehab Commission, participation in this dynamic 2-hour monthly youth group is free for youth with disabilities ages 14-26 years.  At this month’s meeting you will:

·       Advance your knowledge about resources and options for learning after high school

·       Contribute to a Personal Leadership Plan to identify and prepare for your after high school goals

·       Meet other youth from your area

·       Work together on projects to end bullying and break down barriers to working, learning, and making choices

·       Receive assistive technology coaching and support from Easter Seals experts

·       Earn community service hours

For more information about meeting locations and times, please go to Easter Seals Youth Leadership Network, or contact Desiree Forte at, www.youth@eastersealsma.org , (617) 226-2855.

ADRCGNS, Inc. Chosen for New Options for Community Based Health Care and Long-Term Support

From: Kaviar, Julie (EHS)
Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 11:22 AM

 http://www.mass.gov/resources/images/template/header-seal.gifCommonwealth of Massachusetts

Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Press Release

Contact: Alec Loftus, (617) 573–1612 | Alec.Loftus@state.ma.us

  Julie Kaviar, (617) 573–1610 | Julie.Kaviar@state.ma.us

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Contracts awarded to 33 community-based agencies to help elders and people with disabilities live independently in communities

BOSTON – Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) John Polanowicz today announced 33 contracts have been awarded to community-based organizations to help seniors and people with disabilities live independently in their homes and communities with local support services.

A component of the Affordable Care Act, the program is an initiative of the federal Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration Grant aimed to help states reduce their reliance on institutional long-term care and expand options for elders and people with disabilities to receive care in their community.

“The Patrick Administration has a strong commitment to Community First principles of providing seniors and people with disabilities options to choose where they live and receive services,” said Secretary Polanowicz. “Through this program we will be able to better provide cost-effective quality care while promoting self-sufficiency, dignity and independent living in the community.”

Funding for the Massachusetts MFP demonstration comes from a five-year $110 million federal  grant, which began in 2011.The MFP initiative has already helped over 400 individuals move out of nursing facilities and other long-term care settings and return to their homes and communities. Provider organizations selected through recent contracts will allow the expansion of these services to help an additional 1,800 Massachusetts residents. These organizations will support smooth transfers from facilities to community settings, plan and arrange the supports and services individuals need to live safely in the community, and assist in locating affordable and accessible housing among other services.

“These organizations have long histories of partnering with MassHealth to provide community services for our members,” said Massachusetts Medicaid Director Kristin Thorn. “Extending these partnerships allows the Commonwealth to support our goal of Community First while reducing overall health care costs.” 

Those qualifying for the MFP demonstration include Medicaid-eligible individuals in nursing facilities, chronic and rehabilitation hospitals, public health hospitals, intermediate care facilities for people with intellectual disabilities and certain psychiatric hospitals who prefer to receive long-term services and supports in the community.

MassHealth is Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, providing health benefits to people with limited incomes. To learn more about the MFP Program visit:http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/disability-services/living-supports/community-first/money-follows-the-person-rebalancing-grant.html

See the below list of MFP Demonstration Transition Coordination Entities.



Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore, Inc.

Lynn, MA

BayPath Elder Services, Inc.

Marlborough, MA

Boston Center for Independent Living

Boston, MA

Boston Senior Home Care

Boston, MA

Bristol Elder Services

Fall River, MA

Center for Living & Working, Inc.

Worcester, MA

Central Boston Elder Services

Boston, MA

Chelsea Revere Winthrop Home Care Center Inc.

Chelsea, MA

Coastline Elderly Services, Inc.

New Bedford, MA

Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD)

Hyannis, MA

Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc.

Pittsfield, MA

Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc.

South Dennis, MA 

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.

Lawrence, MA

Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.

Worcester, MA

Southwest Boston Senior Services, Inc. d/b/a Ethos

Jamaica Plain, MA

Franklin County Home Care Corporation

Turners Falls, MA

Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.

Springfield, MA 

Health and Social Service Consortium, Inc. HESSCO Elder Services

Sharon, MA

Highland Valley Elder Services, Inc.

Florence, MA

Independence Associates, Inc.

Brockton, MA

MetroWest Center for Independent Living, Inc.

Framingham, MA

Minuteman Senior Services

Bedford, MA

Montachusett Home Care Corporation

Leominster, MA

Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc.

Malden, MA

Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc.

Lawrence, MA

Old Colony Elder Services, Inc.

Brockton, MA

Southeast Center for Independent Living, Inc.

Fall River, MA

Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services

Somerville, MA

South Shore Elder Services, Inc.

Braintree, MA


Waltham, MA

Stavros Center for Independent Living, Inc.

Amherst, MA

Tri-Valley, Inc.

Dudley, MA

WestMass ElderCare, Inc.

Holyoke, MA


Notice Received by ILCNSCA on November 19, 2013 Regarding Massachusetts Health Connector and those members on Commonwealth Care

We are pleased to announce that in an effort to allow Commonwealth Care members the opportunity to take full advantage of the federal open enrollment period, the Massachusetts Health Connector has completed a process that will extend Commonwealth Care coverage and will allow members to continue to receive this coverage through the end of March, if necessary.

 Please note, that Commonwealth Care members with incomes above 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL) as well as those members with an AWSS status with income at or above 0% of FPL, still MUST re-apply before the end of this open enrollment in order to transition to their new ACA-compliant coverage.

 As has always been the case, those individuals in Commonwealth Care with income below 133% of FPL, excluding AWSS, who will automatically transition into a MassHealth Coverage type on January 1, 2014, will continue to do so and do not need to re-apply.

We continue to aggressively outreach to this population, encouraging immediate enrollment in order to ensure our members are able to take full advantage of the expanded choice, benefits and subsidies offered by the Affordable Care Act starting January 1.

Thank you,

The Health Connector and MassHealth