This training is made possible by the collaboration of many agencies and partners
The Lead Agency
The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) is the lead State agency for Traumatic Brain Injury. MRC promotes equality, empowerment, and independence of individuals with disabilities. These goals are achieved through enhancing and encouraging personal choice and the right to succeed in the pursuit of independence and employment in the community. MRC provides comprehensive services to people with disabilities that maximize their quality of life and economic self-sufficiency in the community.
The Grant Project
The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) received funding from the Health Resource and Services Administration in 2014, to carry out the "Improving Massachusetts Systems of Care for Elders Sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury", a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Implementation grant that is now managed by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), grant # 90TBSG-0001-01-00. This project was written in response to an epidemiological study conducted by lead staff at the MRC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which identified elders in the pilot area (Northeast and MetroWest region of the Commonwealth) as sustaining the highest incidence of TBI in the state. The three primary goals of the project are:
- To improve awareness, screening, and identification of elders who sustain a TBI.
- To increase access to appropriate information, resources, services and supports for seniors who sustain TBI and their families.
- To enhance the state’s "No Wrong Door" model that provides simplified, streamlined and consumer-directed access and coordination of services for this high-risk population.
This project will allow MRC to advocate for the identified gaps in both the elder care and brain injury service delivery systems. For the full epidemiological study visit http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/disability-services/services-by-type/head-injury/acquired-brain-injury-in-massachusetts.html .
The Grant Partners
The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) has partnered with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) and three Aging and Disability Resource Consortia (ADRCs) to implement the TBI Model of Care pilot, a mechanism to increase linkages across community-based provider systems and State agency staff. These grant partners have been instrumental in making brain injury information and resources available through cross-training and outreach activities that have allowed them to better able serve aging brain injured survivors.
In Massachusetts, there are 11 ADRCs. An ADRC is composed of Independent Living Center (ILC) and one or more Aging Service Access Points (ASAP). ADRCs use a "Community First" approach where by older adults and individuals with disabilities are empowered to age with dignity and independence in their communities through access to person-centered Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS). The three ADRC grant partners consist of the following agencies:
- ADRC of the MetroWest: Metro West Center for Independent Living Center; BayPath Elder Service Inc.; HESSCO Elder Services
- ADRC of the Merrimack Valley: Northeast Independent Living Program Inc. and Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Inc.
- ADRC of the Greater North Shore Link: Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann Inc.; North Shore Elder Service Inc.; Greater Lynn Senior Service Inc.; and SeniorCare Inc.
- Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
- Executive Office of Elder Affairs
- Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts
- BayPath Elder Services Inc.
- MetroWest Center for Independent Living
- Northeast Independent Living Program
- Independent Living Center of the Northshore and Cape Ann
- North Shore Elder Services
- Greater Lynn Senior Services