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Commonwealth Care Alliance Invites You To Community Discussions Regarding The Upcoming “Duals” Demonstration Project

As Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) prepares to serve more people with disabilities under the forthcoming demonstration project for Medicaid/Medicare beneficiaries, we are looking for input from consumers regarding our model of care and the participation of people with disabilities in building this exciting new care system. We are beginning a series of community meetings where we hope to get your ideas about how to make the system work for you and others.


Wednesday – May 30

9:30-11:00 AM
Central Worcester Public Library
Saxe Room
3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA

Thursday – May 31
9:30-11:00 AM

West Brightwood Community Health Center
Community Room
380 Plainfield St, Springfield, MA

Monday – June 4
1:00-2:30 PM

Northeast Northeast Independent Living Program
20 Ballard Road, Lawrence, MA

Each of these meetings will be followed by a discussion Commonwealth Care Alliance is hosting with potential service providers in our network. Consumers are welcome to stay for the provider discussion.

Questions? Contact Sandra at sleonard@commonwealthcare.org.

Letter to the Editor Campaign to “Support More Mental Health Funding”

The Massachusetts House finalized its budget last week. Fund Mental Health and NAMI Massachusetts are pleased to report a $16 million increase in the Department of Mental Health (DMH) budget:

  • $5.5 million increase for services children & adolescents;
  • $10 million increase for services for adults;
  • And thanks to Reva Stein and the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition, an additional $500,000, which represents the first increase in ten years.

Now the state budget moves to the Senate where we expect a Senate budget to be released in the middle of this month.

We are asking NAMI members to raise awareness of this effort by writing a letter to editor of their local newspaper using this letter template provided by FundMentalHealth.org and please personalize by adding some of your own words.  We don’t have a lot of time so please send in your letter to editor today.  Dear Editor FUND MENTAL HEALTH (Word document)

The letter to the editor meets most paper standards of less than 250 words. You can go to your local papers online version or to the opinion page to get the address or email to send letters to the editor. Simply mail or email the letter to the editor to your local paper, identifying your name and contact info (they will likely want to verify this before they print it).

NAMI Massachusetts Board invites you to sign FUNDMENTALHEALTH.org at the NAMIWAlk

NAMI Massachusetts Board invites you to sign FUNDMENTALHEALTH.org at the NAMIWAlk

On May 12, 2012, come sign with us, we can get 5,000 signatures. Support funding for high quality mental health services, Increase DMH budget by $30.0 M.  It is the right thing for individuals, families and the Commonwealth.

Taunton State Hospital Closure

NAMI Massachusetts has a four point position:

  1. NAMI is calling for an extensive and independent study on the impact of the impending relocation of continuing care beds from Taunton State Hospital to the new Worcester Recovery Center, on our loved ones, families and the community.  We must ensure the Southeast, and all communities, have the appropriate amount of continuing care beds and supports needed for recovery.  We are calling to have a study completed in 60 days; it must be prior to scheduling relocation of our loved ones from Taunton State Hospital.
  2. NAMI is calling to preserve the 45 continuing care beds, scheduled to move to Tewksbury, to remain in the Southeast area rather than transfer beds to out of the area. The burden of extensive travel for families from the Cape and Southeast, would make it difficult maintain the continuum of family and natural supports.
  3. NAMI calls for any re-use of these lands (or money if sold) must be dedicated to people living with symptoms of mental illness.
  4. NAMI calls for increased funding for the full continuum of publicly funded mental health services and joins with FUNDMENTALHEALTH.org


Find and sign this petition at the FUND MENTAL HEALTH table at the NAMIWALK!