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.
PLEASE JOIN US AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING MEETINGS
Wednesday – May 30
Central Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA
Thursday – May 31
West Brightwood Community Health Center
380 Plainfield St, Springfield, MA
Monday – June 4
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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
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:
Find and sign this petition at the FUND MENTAL HEALTH table at the NAMIWALK!