New: Moving to Young Adult Life: A Legal Guide for Parents of Youth with Mental Health Needs As explained on its website, the Parent/Professional Advocacy League (of Massachusetts) has published Moving to Young Adult Life: A Legal Guide for Parents of Youth with Mental Health Needs, which covers topics such as financial decisions, health care options, guardianship and transition from special education.
Last week, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), together with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), introduced the “Transition to Independence Act” (S. 1604), which as described in Senator Grassley’s press release, “would create a five-year, 10-state Medicaid demonstration program to give bonuses to states for helping individuals with disabilities achieve the goals of working and living in the community. It would encourage coordination among those who provide health services, housing, education and workforce training, transportation and other support to people with disabilities to maximize the outcome for the individual.” The National Council on Disability provided technical assistance in developing the bill, which has been endorsed by a number of disability organizations. A technical summary of the bill is available here. The bill text is availablehere.
In collaboration with the Department of Human Services (CDHS) and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), Public Consulting Group (PCG) is conducting a survey to gather feedback regarding the access to services for at-risk children and families. Over the month of June, a collaborative team has hosted on-site visits with County Departments, Behavioral Health Organizations, Regional Care Coordination Organizations, Community Mental Health Centers and other providers, and other interested participants to help us identify and address the barriers in accessing behavioral health treatment and the quality of services needed to address mental/behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and other Medicaid services. To ensure that all relevant stakeholders have an opportunity to provide us with any remaining input, we are also conducting this survey, which will be incorporated into a report that PCG will produced by early July. Please use the link below to access and complete this survey.
Please complete this survey at your earliest convenience, and share with relevant partners (service providers, Community Mental Health Centers, Behavioral Health Organizations, Community Centered Boards, Local Public Health etc.). The survey will be open until Friday, June 26 at 5 PM. Thank you so much for your consideration and we look forward to presenting the results and upcoming report.
PCG will be hosting a call for families or caregivers to provide input on their experiences accessing services for behavioral health.
Thursday at 6 PM (Mountain time)
Please use the call-in information listed below, and let us know if there are any questions.
Number – 1.888.866.0650
Passcode – 0121919
All information obtained in the call with PCG will be kept confidential and no names or identifying information will be provided to HCPF or CDHS.