Advocates, Inc. will lead a newly-created coalition aiming to improve access to behavioral health and social services by creating a single point of entry for consumers, providers, schools, and families seeking services. Other organizations joining Advocates in this initiative include Spectrum Health Systems, South Middlesex Opportunity Council, and Wayside Youth & Family Support Network.
Brookline Community Mental Health Center
Brookline Community Mental Health Center will develop a small-scale pilot of a functional user community that allows care providers to share resources, pose questions, and sustain dialogue across systems. The Brookline Center will build and coordinate the network by creating the user group, recruiting members, monitoring and administering the group, and collecting and analyzing data.
Community Care Cooperative
Community Care Cooperative (C3) will create a peer-to-peer learning model through which community health centers (CHCs) can participate in, and contribute to, the development of best practices for CHCs operating within an accountable care organization environment. C3 will coordinate the learning sessions and use participant feedback to ensure their utility to CHCs.
Community Catalyst - Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation
The Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation will provide a training and technical assistance fellowship to a cohort of advocates and consumer support leaders whose organizations are engaged in behavioral health and LTSS issues on quality measurement and advocacy.
Community Servings will develop a Massachusetts Food is Medicine (FIM) State Plan to analyze the current landscape of interventions and provide recommendations to policymakers, providers, insurers, and community organizations to improve access to medically-balanced meals.
Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.
Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc. will support clinicians in reconfiguring its existing curriculum, which was designed for adolescents, to create a junior version for their youngest age demographic, 5-8 year olds.
Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank will partner with Tufts Medical Center and the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center to evaluate the impact of a monthly mobile produce market on diet-related chronic diseases and health care utilization among registered GLFHC patients. The study aims to determine the effect of the mobile market attendance on such utilization measures as ED visits, hospitalizations and missed doctors’ visits.
Health Care For All
Health Care For All will launch an ethnic media campaign during the 2017 Open Enrollment period, utilizing radio and print advertisements, outreach strategies, and other communication avenues to engage hard-to-reach individuals in cities with high rates of uninsured individuals across the state.
Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Massachusetts Advocates for Children will partner with Justice Resource Institute to implement a holistic, wrap-around service model to help reduce suspensions and expulsions by addressing the behavioral health needs of the children and youth in Boston through training at least 30 JRI social workers and staff, educating parents on the behavioral health and special needs rights of their children (provided in English and Spanish), and providing individualized legal assistance for 20-30 child clients with significant behavioral health challenges.
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (the League) will operate a newly-developed training and learning center in Worcester. The new, centrally-located facility will enable the League to enhance and expand learning initiatives for members, staff, board members, and partner organizations.
Massachusetts Public Health Association
Massachusetts Public Health Association will support the Alliance for Community Health Integration (ACHI) pilot a training curriculum for community representatives of Community Benefits Advisory Committees (CBACs) on the Attorney General’s Community Benefits Guidelines and the Department of Public Health’s Determination of Need/Community Health Initiative (DoN/CHI) regulations.
Massachusetts Senior Action Council
Massachusetts Senior Action Council will continue to develop its capacity as an advocacy organization for seniors, in addition to its strong position as a community organizing entity.
Massachusetts Senior Action Council
Massachusetts Senior Action Council will hire a part-time health justice organizer to assist with Medicaid defense campaigns, deepen issue education and engagement in communities of color, prepare and empower seniors to advocate with policymakers, and amplify media coverage and public discourse about low-income senior health care needs and policy solutions.
Medical Legal Partnership Boston
Medical Legal Partnership Boston will develop and deliver a series of Learning Community webinars as well as a large-scale event for health care providers and human service organizations.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will increase the organization’s membership and visibility in communities of color across the Commonwealth, by undertaking a systematic and focused effort to recruit more diverse members and expand its constituency. NAMI Mass will engage targeted outreach to organizations, agencies, churches, and schools in Greater Boston and Framingham, and recruit program facilitators from these communities to deliver its program curriculum.
Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative
Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative will strengthen its peer recovery coach and referral program with the Boston Police Department and expand weekly multi-agency collaborations that help identify the highest risk individuals in Boston communities.
Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center
Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center will expand the free counseling, case management, and referral capacity of the Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing. The Corey Johnson Program serves children, youth, adults, and families suffering from untreated post-traumatic stress resulting from urban violence, poverty, and racism.
Stanley Street Treatment & Resources, Inc.
Stanley Street Treatment & Resources, Inc will assist other providers with establishing a model similar to SSTAR’s The Open Access Center by holding a one-day workshop on-site in Fall River, publishing and disseminating a report/toolkit for providers who serve people with substance use and co-occurring conditions.
Talking Information Center
The Talking Information Center (TIC) will develop a radio program to broadcast events focused on health and vocational training for individuals with disabilities. TIC provides free broadcasting of local news, articles, consumer information, and other items of interest to visually-impaired and otherwise disabled individuals across the state.
The Gavin Foundation
The Gavin Foundation will implement DynamiCare a technology platform to help promote recovery by providing motivation-enhancing incentives for abstinence from substance use.
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Integrated Primary Care
University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Integrated Primary Care will develop an engagement and education curriculum for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) and their families. The curriculum, which will be available online and through smartphone devices, will aim to provide information about OUD treatment options and promote better primary care.
William James College, Inc.
William James College, Inc. will conduct a pilot study testing the strength and effectiveness of an adapted INTERFACE model for youth and families in the Juvenile Justice Clinic.