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Navigating CBHI Services: 2018
Presenter:  Laura Conrad-Laberinto, MSW,  Program Manager, Children’s Behavioral Health Office of Behavioral Health, MassHealthLaura Conrad-Laberinto is a Program Manager with MassHealth in the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH).  She oversees the implementation of the MassHealth services of the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) and Applied Behavior Analysis within the MassHealth Managed Care Entities (MCEs) and serves as OBH’s liaison with the child-serving agencies in the Commonwealth. Prior to her current position, Laura worked at the Department of Children in Families for 12 years.  Laura received her Master in Social Work from Boston University.

Emergency Preparedness for Families of Children with Special Needs
Guest Speaker: Sue Wolf-Fordham, Instructor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Director of the Emergency Preparedness Initiative, E.K. Shriver Center, University of MA Medical School.

Making Sense of Healthcare Financing
In this webinar you will learn about the different versions of MassHealth; who is eligible for MassHealth and what forms need to be filled out to apply for a child with a disability; what is Premium Assistance and how to apply.

What’s Out There (1. Watch, listen, and interact on our site) (2. View webinar on YouTube)
Many services and supports are available to families that include a child or children with developmental disabilities and special health care needs. This presentation will review publicly funded services and supports that your family can utilize, regardless of income. We’ll review eligibility criteria, application processes, and points of contact for programs through the Department of Developmental Services, MassHealth, the Department of Public Health, and more. The information provided will be relevant to families with children of all ages, from immediately after diagnosis up through age 22.

Social Security and Health Benefits for Young Adults – Transition Planning
Cathy Hickey from Mass Family Voices and Svetlana Uimenkov from the Disability Law Center provide information about eligibility for social security benefits, both SSI and SSDI, and MassHealth benefits available to people with disabilities who live in the community.

Special Needs Pooled Trust: An Important Tool for Families of Children with Disabilities
This webinar explains what special needs trusts are and their relevance to families of all resource levels. Families will learn the important role that this legal document can play in ensuring that their children have access to public benefits, such as MassHealth and SSI, now and in the future. Families will also learn how trust funds can be used to enrich their children’s lives. The webinar will be presented by Pamela Tames, Executive Director of PLAN of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a nonprofit organization that has proudly served people with disabilities with its pooled trust program since 1995.

Give It, Get It! Options for Free and Low Cost Assistive Devices in Massachusetts
Reuse of expensive assistive devices and durable medical equipment just makes sense. Learn about free and low cost ways to get adaptive equipment for short term or long term use at home or at school through recycling, trials, loans and more.

Social Security Disability Programs
An overview of Social Security Disability for children and youth with healthcare needs.

Roadmap to CBHI: How to Access Children’s Behavioral Health Services
This webinar will explore how to apply for and access Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative services, a comprehensive, community-based system of care to ensure that families and their children with significant behavioral, emotional and mental health needs obtain the services necessary for success in home, school and community.

Mobile Crisis Intervention (MCI)
The Mobile Crisis Intervention (MCI) team provides services to youth (under 21) who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis with a mobile, face-to-face response. Our team can meet with youth and their families at one of our three community-based locations or we can travel to homes, schools, and other locations with the goal of avoiding a hospital emergency room visit and unnecessary hospitalizations. The MCI team remains involved with the family for up to a week for continued crisis intervention and to help the family connect with on-going behavioral health services and supports. The MCI services are for youth under the age of 21 who have MassHealth Managed Care Plans, as well as those who are uninsured. Sponsored by Mass Family Voices at the Federation.