Housing Rights in Salem: Fair Housing Laws and Dealing with Discrimination

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Beverly Bank Community Room,  73 Lafayette St , Salem, MA  01970

 

Salem residents who have disabilities and other individuals who would like to know about Federal/State Fair Housing Laws and about housing discrimination are encouraged and welcome to attend this seminar.

 

Confirmed presenter is Jason C. Pina, Chief Operating Officer, and his staff from the North Shore Community Development Coalition. Additional housing rights information will also be available. Please come prepared with our questions and for a lively, interactive workshop. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Please RSVP by May 10, 2016 online at www.ilcnsca.org/events.php or call 978-741-0077. For communication accommodations, please make your request by May 3, 2016. We ask that you please refrain from wearing scents or scented clothing to accommodate people with environmental sensitivities. Photographs may be taken for ILCNSCA publication. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform the ILCSNCA at time of RSVP.

Writing Group

Come join Valerie and Erika as they create a judgment free space for people to write and discuss emotions that may emerge while writing. Join us in discovering writing as a wellness tool. There will be quiet time for writing followed by a post-writing discussion to create community and interpersonal connections.

When: Thursdays, starting 3/3/16 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Where: Lowell Resource Center The Hildreth Building 45 Merrimack St. (Suite 407) Lowell, MA 01852

For more info please contact Melissa Talal at 978-687-4288 x 200 or email at mtalal@nilp.org

If communication accommodations are needed, please call at least two weeks prior. To accommodate people with chemical sensitivities, please do not use perfume or scented clothing This Recovery through Community Event is being sponsored by The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. (www.nilp.org), and is one of the core activities of the Northeast Recovery Learning Community.

Update on MA House Budget from Mass Home Care

FY 17 House Budget: Final Action on Amendments

Shades of Grey

The greying of our population in Massachusetts was reflected this week in the grey, overcast news from the House of Representatives on elderly funding.

On the evening of Tuesday, April 26th, the House completed work on a “Consolidated Amendment G Health & Human Services and Elder Affairs.” Like the rainy weather, most of the actions adopted in the House were overcast and gloomy. Elder-related amendments worth nearly $70 million in new funding were rejected, for the home care program and care managers, for homemakers, home health agencies, and adult foster care. Some money was restored (back-filled) for meals on wheels and housing supports—but overall a number of good initiatives were dismissed. Instead of moving programs forward, elder advocates fought “read guard” actions to keep funding from dropping below FY 16 levels.

In the home care accounts, the House budget added $4.089 million to the Enhanced Home Care (ECOP) account—but took away $4.86 million combined from the care management and purchased services accounts—resulting in a net loss of $771,317 below FY 16 levels. Elder population rising, home care funds falling.

As the focus now shifts to the Senate side, here is how the House budget finished up:

On the bright side:

  • The Administration’s request to unilaterally “restructure” $15.4 billion in MassHealth funding (Outside Section 39) was not included in the House budget. This leaves any plan to “passively enroll” elders into the SCO managed care programs uncertain, since the SCO law requires voluntary enrollment. Elders would still have the choice to join managed care, or not.
  • The Administration’s language requiring funds to be “transferred” from home care to the SCO program whenever an elder enrolls in SCO, was rejected..
  • $750,000 was restored to the meals on wheels program.
  • $642,000 was restored to the Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)
  • Language authorizing a “study” of the cost of raising the home care income eligibility, and telling EOHHS that it “may” file a 1915i state plan amendment was adopted.

           On the darker side:

  • An amendment to require Accountable Care Organizations to provide independent, conflict free LTSS assessment and care coordination was withdrawn under pressure from provider groups and not even considered by the House.
  • Amendments to raise the Enhanced Community Options Program by $5 million, to increase funding for ASAP contracts by $1.75 million, and to allow spouses to be paid as caregivers for MassHealth members, were all rejected.
  • An amendment to raise the home care income eligibility and provide $3.7 million in new funding for elder applicants was rejected.
  • An amendment to consolidate home care accounts as proposed by the Administration was rejected.
  • Amendments totaling $59.2 million to provide wage increases for homemakers, higher rates for Adult Foster Care programs, rate increases for home health agencies, and funding for homeless elders, all were rejected.

Here are the results from that Consolidated Amendment:

Line-item Description FY 16 Final FY 17 House Amendment G
9110-1500 Enhanced Community Options Prog. $70,255,327 $74,345,122 No Change
9110-1630 Home Care Purchased Services $104,595,483 $101,485,589 No Change
9110-1633 Home Care  Management $35,546,961 $33,795,743 No Change
9110-1636 Protective $23,123,139 $28,048,120 No Change
9110-1900 Nutrition

 

$7,253,316 $6,506,375 $  7,256,375
Outside Section (New) Raise home care income eligibility —- —— No Change
         
Outside Section 39 MassHealth restructuring   REJECTED
*consolidated into 1630 and 1633        

Consolidated Amendment G Actions:

  • Line Item 9110-1660: NORCs. Budget amendment #820 sought to add $856,000 to the NORC program in this line item. The House has added $642,000 to this account, raising it from $1.417 million to $2.059 million.
  • Line Item 9110-1900: Meals on Wheels. Amendment #51 sought to add $871,889 to the Meals on Wheels line item. The House restores $750,000 to Meals on Wheels, raising the line item from $6.506 M to $7.256 Million
  •  Line Item 9110-9002 Councils on Aging: New narrative in this item adds earmarks for 8 senior-related projects in local Rep districts, for a total add of $590,000, raising the total COA line item to $14.65 M:
  • Technical change to Section 2D: Adding the list of Federal Older Americans act grants: amendment from Rep. Brodeur corrects an omission in the HWMS budget by adding into the budget a list of OAA federal grants.
  • Outside Section 24A: Report on Home Care Income Eligibility: Adds language offered in   Brodeur’s in amendment #1097, identical to that of HWMs in the most recent supplemental budget, calling to a report on the cost of expanding the home care income eligibility level at 275% and 300% of FPL, and providing that EOHHS ‘may’ file a 1915 i state plan amendment, which EOHHS has no plans to doOutside section 42A: Study of Common Application for MassHealth & DTA benefits: This new section allows MassHealth to study the feasibility of creating a “common application” for low income people to apply for MassHealth and DTA programs like SNAP, EAEDC, and AFDC.

Amendments that were rejected:

 On the good news side, these two amendments were rejected:

  • Amendment #1178 . REJECTED. This amendment would have caused a transfer of funds from the home care services account to a MassHealth account whenever an elder in the home care program subsequently enrolled in the SCO program.
  • Amendment #1219. REJECTED. Same language as amendment #1178.

 On the dark side, these amendments also were REJECTED:

 ·       Amendment #785    Spouses as Caregivers: REJECTED. Rep. Benson’s amendment  was rejected. Her bill, H. 70, has been given a favorable report by Health Care Finance, but likely will be referred to HWMs, where consideration would have to happen before the end of the session.

 ·       Amendment #808   Conflict Free Assessments; WITHDRAWN. Rep. Sannicandro withdrew his amendment to the ACO program for conflict free assessments  at the request of associations representing providers  of Developmentally Disabled services, who feel they have struck a better deal with MassHealth.

 ·       Amendment #1071       Enhanced Home Care Rate . REJECTED. Rep. Walsh’s amendment raising the ECOP rate was rejected.

 ·       Amendment #1138       ASAP Contracts. REJECTED. Rep. Markey’s amendment would have restored ASAP contract funding by roughly $1.75 million to its FY 16 funding level.

 ·       Amendment #1052   Homemaker Wage and Benefit Increase. REJECTED. This amendment created  a new line item to pay for a $10 million rate add-on for home care aide workers in the basic home care, enhanced home care and MassHealth program (Community Choices).

 ·       Amendment #522 Foster Care Reimbursement. REJECTED. This amendment added $30 million to the rates for Adult Foster Care Programs

 ·       Amendment #699 Merging Home Care Accounts. REJECTED: This amendment consolidated the Enhanced Community Options Program (9110-1500)  into the basic home care services account (9110-1630), and the care management account (9110-1633).

  • Amendment #925 Homeless Funding. REJECTED. This amendment added $351,000 for homeless services
  • Amendment #1026 Home Health Agencies rate hike. REJECTED. This amendment added roughly $18.9 million in a rate increase for home health agencies.

Other House Amendment “G” Action

4000-0300 EOHHS must report on number of members served in the “dual eligible initiative.”

To review the full text of Consolidated Amendment G, go to:

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H4200/Amendment/House/G/OriginalText

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All data: Mass Home Care. 4 16 16.

Contact: info@masshomecare.org

Older Adult Peer Specialist Training Mystic Valley Elder Services Malden, MA June 6 – 8, 2016

Older Adult Peer Specialist Training
Mystic Valley Elder Services Malden, MA
June 6 – 8, 2016

This training will prepare current Certified Peer Specialists and Recovery Coaches, age 55+, to utilize existing experience, skills and training to work with Older Adults living with behavioral health challenges. Training will include an under- standing of mental health and co-occurring issues as they relate to aging . Challenges facing older adults will be explored, including: suicide, wellness, substance use, physi- cal illness, mental health, and dementia. Peers will increase their level of expertise while gaining specialized techniques that support Older Adults.

Requirements:
• Certified Peer Specialist or Recovery Coach
• Age 55+
• Desire to work with older adults .
• Willing to consider being a teaching assistant for further offerings of the training.

For an application, please contact Rob Walker at the DMH Office of Recovery and Empowerment at (617) 626-8275 or email at Robert.walker@dmh.state.ma.us

Sponsored by the Department of Mental Health, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and Mystic Valley Elder Service. From time to time, DMH sponsors trainings for CPSs and other peer employees. If you would like to receive these notices, please click here to sign up!

SMART Recovery Meeting

Beginning on March 14th The Northeast Recovery Learning Community Will Be Offering SMART Recovery® is an alternative program to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), using a science-based approach. The SMART Recovery program uses non-confrontational motivational, behavioral and cognitive methods in assisting individuals seeking abstinence from ANY addictive behaviors, in a peer friendly way. SMART Recovery also provides over 600 face-to-face meetings worldwide, plus additional online meetings at various times throughout the week. In addition, our online message board is an excellent forum in which to learn about the SMART Recovery® program and seek support and interactions with other online members.

Visit: www.smartrecovery.org for more information

SMART IS SELF-MANAGEMENT AND RECOVERY TRAINING Meetings will be held on: Mondays, from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Located: Northeast Recovery Learning Community Malden Hub 11 Dartmouth Street, Suite 301 Malden, MA 02148

For More Information Please Contact: Helina Fontes at 978-687-4288, Ext. 201, Email: hfontes@nilp.org Or Dawna Aiello at 508-918-4519

NERLC Peer Support Group

We will be holding ann ongoing Peer Support Group in Salem at the Independent Living Center of the North Shore. The group will meet on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Contact: Josh Marcus at
Email: jmarcus@nilp.org 
Phone: (978) 500-5764

Meeting Place: 27 Congress Street, Suite #107 Salem, MA

Writing Group

Come join Valerie and Erika as they create a judgment free space for people to write and discuss emotions that may emerge while writing. Join us in discovering writing as a wellness tool. There will be quiet time for writing followed by a post-writing discussion to create community and interpersonal connections.

When: Thursdays, starting 3/3/16 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Where: Lowell Resource Center The Hildreth Building 45 Merrimack St. (Suite 407) Lowell, MA 01852

For more info please contact Melissa Talal at 978-687-4288 x 200 or email at mtalal@nilp.org

If communication accommodations are needed, please call at least two weeks prior. To accommodate people with chemical sensitivities, please do not use perfume or scented clothing This Recovery through Community Event is being sponsored by The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. (www.nilp.org), and is one of the core activities of the Northeast Recovery Learning Community.