Beacon Health Options’ footprint in Massachusetts includes work with the Commonwealth, health plans, and ACOs to design services that improve the health and wellness of people every day, with a particular focus on mental health, emotional wellbeing, and substance use disorder recovery. One of Beacon’s programs, the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP), has had a Rehabilitation and Recovery Department since 1996. This department promotes, supports, and integrates a person-centered approach, wellness principles, and recovery orientation into all of MBHP’s programming and services. Beacon/MBHP’s goal is to ensure that the diverse voices of our Members and families are heard and incorporated into the behavioral health service delivery system, fostering empowerment and access to whole-person care. Learn more about Beacon Health Options and MBHP below.
Advocates champions people who face developmental, mental health, or other life challenges. We partner with individuals, families, and communities to shape creative solutions to even the greatest obstacles. First, we listen. Then, together, we do what it takes to help people thrive.
A top-rated hospital by U.S. News & World Report, McLean Hospital is dedicated to psychiatric treatment, education, research and advocacy. McLean offers unparalleled diagnostic and treatment services for adolescents and adults living with psychiatric conditions including depression, borderline personality disorder, OCD and substance use disorders.
Enormous progress is being made toward understanding the brain basis of mental illnesses. We owe this progress to research, and most importantly to the many people affected by these illnesses, and their families, who at the end of life chose to donate their brain for research. The tremendous generosity of brain donors and their families helps to create a brighter, more hopeful future for those affected by highly debilitating psychiatric disorders.
Yet, a lot more work needs to be done. The mission of the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC) is to advance research on the causes of brain disorders. We do this by collecting human brains after death and distributing tissue samples to investigators across the US and around the world. Our goal is to contribute toward research focused on identifying the underlying causes of brain disorders and potential targets for treatment.
A brain donation is an invaluable gift of knowledge. The HBTRC encourages all those interested in brain donation, either themselves or on behalf of a family member, to consider registering as a prospective brain donor. Please, contact us to discuss this possibility. We are happy to answer questions and address any concerns.
The Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School would like to be a non-profit vendor for the 2020 NAMI Mass Annual Convention. iSPARC is a Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) Research Center of Excellence. Our mission is to conduct, disseminate, and support the use of research in the public mental health system to enhance services for people with behavioral health conditions that promote their recovery and improve their quality of life. Our work informs, advises, and involves individuals with lived mental health experience, their families, providers, administrators, and policymakers navigating the behavioral health landscape in the Commonwealth and beyond. Our mission aligns with DMH’s mission to provide access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work, and participate in their communities.
DMH and iSPARC share a strong commitment to values that include:
- Supporting mental health through promoting recovery, empowerment, health and well-being, and person-centered and family-focused approaches
- Ensuring trauma-informed services
- Promoting accessibility of services and resources that recognize cultural and linguistic capacities
- Emphasizing evidence-informed and evidence-based practices to ensure highest quality of care and service delivery
iSPARC is focusing on two activities done in partnership with DMH and its stakeholders:
- Providing technical assistance (TA) and consultation to DMH Workforce
- Conducting public mental health and implementation research
What is a Special Needs Pooled Trust Anyway?
A Special Needs Pooled Trust (SNPT) is a legal document that enables monies to be set aside for an individual with a disability. The trust is managed by a trustee and distributed for the benefit of a beneficiary. The beneficiary does not own the trust assets, but has an equitable right to derive benefits from them. It is intended to supplement needs while protecting public benefits. Assets in the trust are not counted when determining eligibility for Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), because distributions from the trust are not considered income, and can only be used to enrich the life of the beneficiary.
The purpose of any special needs trust is to maximize resources for an individual with disabilities. Is it called ‘pooled’ because funds are invested together to keep administrative costs reasonable. Each trust beneficiary has their own separate sub-account and can deposit or access funds only from that account.
While pooled trusts are closely regulated by federal and state law and meet stringent requirements, not all SNPTs operate the same. PLAN of MA & RI, for example, is recognized as the oldest pooled trust serving Massachusetts, and the largest in MA and Rhode Island. Our first priority is prudent and efficient trust administration. All PLAN service coordinators are licensed social workers who create a prudent spending plan for each beneficiary, which helps maintain the longevity of the trust. For general information about special needs pooled trusts nationwide, visit nationalplanalliance.org, or locally in MA & RI: planofma-ri.org.
We are grassroots, all -volunteer, non – profit organization and a local chapter of NAMI Massachusetts. Our Mission is to provide advocacy, support and education for people addressing mental health issues and their families. We are persons in recovery and their loved ones. We believe in recovery and collaborative care.
Our education and support groups are listed on http://www.namimetrowest.org. Nuestros programas están en inglés y español.