Better Days A Mental Health Recovery Workbook and Program

The Northeast Recovery Learning Community Presents: Better Days
A Mental Health Recovery Workbook and Program. We will meet for
10 sessions utilizing the workbook as a guide to discuss as a group
how we can improve our mental health. The group is facilitated by
Craig Lewis – founder of Better Days and Josh Marcus Hub
Coordinator at the RLC.


Group meets on Thursdays from 5:30-7pm starting March 12th


Location: ILCNSCA @ 27 Congress Street, Salem, MA
Contact: Josh Marcus at 978-687-4288 x113 or
For more information go to: WWW.BETTERDAYSRECOVERY.COM


This peer support group is being sponsored by: The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. ( & The Independent Living Center of the
North Shore & Cape Ann, Inc. (, and is one of the core activities of the Northeast Recovery Learning Community. At public events photographs
and/or video may be taken for ILCNSCA publication. We will respect all requests to not be photographed, please inform us at time of RSVP or arrival.


ILCNSCA is partially funded by the City of Salem Department of Planning & Community Development and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. ILCNSCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, ancestry, marital and familial status, income/public assistance, veteran history/military status, genetic information, sexual orientation or disability. ILCNSCA is an equal opportunity employer.


Para informacion 978-741-0077 978-745-1735 TTY

Who’s Your Agent Workshop in Salem on March 19th

The Independent Living Center of the
North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. and
Honoring Choices Massachusetts invites you to a workshop:


Who’s Your Agent?
A health care agent is your advocate with the power to get you care when you need it.


Beverly Bank – Community Room
73 Lafayette St. Salem, MA
Thursday, March 19, 2015
2:00-3:30 PM


Are you a person with a disability or a senior concerned about controlling your own health care and personal decisions if you become unable to make those choices independently? Attend this free workshop to learn more about Health Care Proxy, Personal Directive and Durable Power of Attorney. Presenter will be Ellen M. DiPaola, Esq., President and Co-Founder of Honoring Choices Massachusetts.


RSVP by March 16, 2015 to Shawn McDuff at 978-741-0077 x. 140 or via email to: with “Honoring Choices Workshop” in the subject line. Please request communication accommodation at least two weeks in advance.


ILCNSCA is scent-free to accommodate persons with chemical sensitivities. Please refrain from wearing scents such as perfumes or scented clothing. At public events photographs and/or video may be taken for ILCNSCA publication. We will respect all requests to not be photographed, please inform us at time of RSVP or arrival.

Recent Governor Baker Executive Order included PCA’s as Essential

COMMONWEALTH OF Massachusetts STATE House« • BOSTON, MA 02133


(617) 725-4000


By His Excellency














WHEREAS, I have this day issued a proclamation declaring that a state of emergency
exists within the Commonwealth; and



WHEREAS, a ban on non-essential motor vehicle travel is necessary to meet this state of emergency;



NOW, THEREFORE, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution as Supreme Executive Magistrate, Part 2, c. 2, § 1, Art. 1 and Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950, do hereby order as follows:



Section /. Except as set out in Section 2, there shall be a ban on motor vehicle travel in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts beginning at 12:00 am. On January 27, 2015 and continuing until further notice.



Section 2. The motor vehicle travel ban shall not apply to:



• Public safety vehicles, sworn and civilian public safety personnel, including those providing services at correctional facilities, and private sector security personnel
• Public works vehicles and public Works personnel, including contract personnel supporting public works operations
• Public transportation vehicles and public transportation personnel, including contract personnel supporting public transportation operations
• Government personnel conducting official business
• Utility company vehicles and personnel, including contract personnel supporting utility response and restoration efforts
• Personnel directly supporting storm response operations, including but not limited to emergency shelter personnel


• Personnel supporting human services facilities, including but not limited to residential housing programs and human services shelter operations



• Healthcare personnel, including home healthcare personnel and personal care


• Personnel delivering or supporting services at healthcare facilities, including those that provide long term care and mental health care, as well as hospitals and other healthcare facilities
• Vehicles and personnel providing critical supplies to healthcare facilities, including those that provide long term care and mental health care, as well as ‘hospitals and other healthcare facilities


• News media
• Private sector snow removal equipment engaged in, or traveling in connection with the removal of clearance of snow and ice from public or private sector facilities
• Patients traveling for the purpose of receiving urgent critical care, and persons traveling with those patients who are necessary to facilitate that urgent critical care
• Travel necessary to maintain critical private sector facilities, services and operations, and to deliver or support critical private sector services and supplies in critical infrastructure sectors such as energy, fuel, financial systems, and the provision of critical commodities
• Travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, pharmacies, food stores and hardware stores



Given in Framingham at 1130am on this 26th day of January, in the year of the lord Two Thousand and Fifteen and of the Independence of the United States of America Two Hundred and Thirty Nine



Charles D. Baker

Governor of Massachusetts

Spaulding Wheelchair Basketball Program North Shore

Wheelchair Basketball Program




March 3rd – April 28th
(9 Week Program)
5:30pm – 7pm



Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA
40 Leggs Hill Road
Marblehead, MA 01945



$70 for series
($50 for YMCA Members)
$10 Drop-in
($8 for YMCA Members



Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers (SASC), Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA and the New England Blazers proudly announce the North Shore’s
first wheelchair basketball program.



If you are a challenged athlete, or perhaps an able-bodied friend or
family member interested in participating, come on over to Lynch/vanOtterloo YMCA. Get into a court sports chair and see how fun and challenging wheelchair basketball can be!



Playing sports is rewarding physically and socially, fostering success on and
off the court. At Spaulding, we believe everyone should have opportunities
to play, achieve, and succeed. Join us!



To register call 877.976.7272 or email



Wheelchairs are available for use.



Pre-registration is required.


978 312-1657




Course Addresses Growing Need for Medical Interpreters in Healthcare


DANVERS, MA – – February 18, 2015 — North Shore Community College (NSCC) is offering a comprehensive course in Medical Interpreting for individuals interested in interpretation for hospitals, clinics, and human services agencies. Medical interpreters are in great demand nationwide. In Massachusetts, where interpreters are legally mandated in acute-care hospital and behavioral health hospitals, the need for trained medical interpreters is booming. Employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow 42 percent by 2020.


NSCC will offer a 54-hour class at its Lynn campus on the following dates:
March 24-May 21, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.


Designed to prepare individuals for entry-level careers as medical interpreters, this program is developed and offered in collaboration with TransFluenci EDU, a leader in preparing new and experienced interpreters to work in hospitals and other healthcare settings following the standards and ethics of the profession. The course meets the requirements of the National Board for Medical Interpreter Certification.


The course is open to all languages, but students must be able to fully comprehend and communicate in both English and at least one other language. The college will issue the Medical Interpreting Certificate of Completion upon satisfactory completion of this program. The instructor is an experienced medical interpreter who will provide guidance on how to find a job in the field. To register, call 978 236-1200. For more information, visit the web site:


About TransFluenci & TransFluenciEDU
TransFluenci provides interpreting and translation services to hospitals, federal and state agencies, schools, legal firms, private corporations, and human services agencies. Since its founding in 2001, the company has earned a reputation for providing the highest levels of reliability, completeness, accuracy, and cultural appropriateness in all of its interpreting and translation services. To learn more, visit TransFluenci EDU’s website at:

FACT SHEET #16 Tips for ACA Enrollees: From Coverage to Care – Persons with Disabilities

This fact sheet is intended to be a document that navigators can provide to people with
disabilities to assist them in using their new insurance coverage consistent with the
CMS “Coverage to Care” initiative.


Q1. What is the HHS-CMS Coverage to Care Initiative?

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched an initiative – to help people with new health
insurance coverage understand their benefits. This initiative is termed “From Coverage
to Care.” See: This NDNRC fact sheet is intended to
supplement the CMS initiative and materials with a focus on persons with disabilities.
This is basically a guide for consumers once they have insurance. Navigators and
assisters use the CMS “From Coverage to Care” materials; this fact sheet offers
applicability to persons with disabilities.


1. We have not examined the accessibility of the CMS videos and materials related to each of the steps in
the CMS initiative. During the coming weeks we hope to examine the accessibility and formats of all of
the resources associated with this CMS initiative.


Q2. What is the Health Status of Persons with Disabilities?

“A growing body of research has found that people with disabilities experience lower
health status and an excess burden of disease relative to the general US population.”2.


2.Rowland, et al, “Health Outcome Disparities among Subgroups of People with Disabilities: A Scoping
Review.” In: Disability and Health Journal. April 2014, pages 136-150


The AAHD website ( and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
website ( document numerous studies on the health status and
disparities facing persons with disabilities.


Q3. What are Related National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative


The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) at has fact sheets on particular services and supports
typically required by persons with disabilities and recently has added factsheets on
different types of disabilities and the challenges faced by persons with such disabilities.



Q4. What Are the HHS-CMS Coverage to Care Steps?

The HHS/CMS “From Coverage to Care” initiative contains 8 steps. They are:
1. Put your health first
2. Understand your health coverage
3. Know where to go for care
4. Pick a provider
5. Make an appointment
6. Be prepared for your visit
7. Decide if the provider is right for you
8. Next steps after your appointment
Put Your Health First – Persons with Disabilities


Like all persons, each of us should determine our current health status. For persons
with disabilities, are there special health needs related to your disability? What ongoing
supports and services do you require to maintain good health and wellness, including
the ability to live in the residence and community of your choice?


Understand Your Health Coverage – Persons with Disabilities


Health insurance plans will typically not provide the full array of specialized services and
supports a person with disability requires to meet all of their health-related needs. To
fully understand your health insurance, the costs it will cover, and what the consumer
will have to pay, examine the benefits, premiums, and out-of-pocket obligations for all
health care services it covers, especially the types of services the individual uses now.
Persons disabilities should know if their health plans cover special health care needs
related to their disability (such as durable medical equipment, certain medications,
habilitation services, or home health care), and what their out of pocket obligations are
for any services related to their disability.



Know Where to Go for Care and Pick a Provider – Persons with Disabilities



People with existing disabilities, hopefully, already have existing relationships with
healthcare providers who specialize in the unique health care needs related to their
disability. If you have these relationships, determine if these providers are in the health
insurance plan’s provider network. If you do not have these relationships, to the best of
your ability with the assistance of navigators, assisters, and advocates, determine if the
health insurance plan provider network includes specialists experienced in assisting
persons with your particular disability,
Make an Appointment – Persons with Disabilities



All individuals should make an appointment with a primary care physician to assess the
current status of their health. When making an appointment, use the telephone, and ask
the physician about their experience in serving persons with your particular disability.
Ideally, primary care physicians should fully communicate with and integrate their
services and supports with specialty providers with expertise in your particular disability.
When you make an appointment, explicitly request the physical and/or programmatic
accommodations that you need.



Be Prepared for Your Visit – Persons with Disabilities



Ideally, you should bring with you records of all previous doctor, hospital, and other
provider visits related to your health status, including any medications you previously
took or are now taking. If you do not have these, you should bring the name and contact
information of those providers you have previously seen, particularly those who have
helped with your specific disability. You may need the assistance of your family and/or
advocates to help you document your history.



Decide If the Provider Is Right for You – Persons with Disabilities



If you have difficulty communicating with and understanding the provider, you should
seek another one. If the provider does not understand your disability and the life
situation you face because of your disability, you should seek another provider. You
may need the assistance of your family and/or advocates to help you change providers.



Next Steps after Your Appointment – Persons with Disabilities



If you agree with the services and support plan that you and your provider developed
together, you should attempt to fully implement the services and support plan. Be sure
to document any problems you experience implementing the services and support plan.
If you disagree with the services and support plan and the provider does not modify it to
meet your concerns and objectives, you should seek another provider. You may need
the assistance of your family and/or advocates to help you change providers.



Other Considerations



Important issues on how to get the most out of your Medicare/Medicaid/ACA health plan
are “continuity of care” (keeping the existing providers and integrating and coordinating
their services and supports) and the previously discussed “provider network adequacy.”
NDNRC fact sheets and Guide address these important issues facing persons with
disabilities. The NDNRC population-specific fact sheets attempt to provide examples of
questions that persons with disabilities should ask of any health plan.



American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD)
National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC)
110 N. Washington Street, Suite 328J
Rockville, MD 20850

Copyright © 2015 – American Association on Health and Disability

After the Move, A Workshop for New Homeowners at the Gloucester Housing Authority

a workshop for


June 10 & 11, 2015
Wednesday and Thursday evening


6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
at the Gloucester Housing Authority Office
259 Washington Street, Gloucester


A Post Purchase Workshop-information about re-financing, equity loans, avoiding foreclosure and predatory lending, hiring contractors, home repairs, tax issues, condo ownership, safety, lead paint, being a landlord,
multi-families, record-keeping, and more.


Cost: $ 30 per household, and you must be pre-registered to attend.
($26 if we receive registration before noon June 5, 2015)


To obtain registration form: Go to, or call the Gloucester Housing Authority 978-281-4770 Ext. 110, or pick up the form at the GHA office.


Massachusetts Housing Partnership Soft Second Loan Program.
(Send $30 with registration form and fee will be returned on the first night of class).


Co-sponsorship provided by MHP, the Division of Banks, Rockport CPA., and City of Gloucester Grants Div.