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October 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Advocates push for more mental health services for seniors
This week, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Elder Affairs Committee heard testimony from senior advocates calling for increased mental health services. With the goal of keeping senior citizens “out of nursing homes, emergency rooms and homeless shelters,” the advocates said that “in-home geriatric and mental health services need to play a larger role in the health care delivery system.”

Gloucester’s controversial approach to the addiction crisis
Boston Magazine profiles Gloucester, MA police chief Leonard Campanello and describes his approach to tackling his city’s opioid addiction crisis. Earlier this year, Campanello declared that his department would not charge heroin users with a crime if they came to the police looking for help. Instead, his department would ensure that heroin users get medical treatment. The controversial approach has shown signs of succeeding, and it’s sparked a nationwide discussion on addiction, crime, and treatment.

Enrollment woes for NY duals demonstration
Although some 124,000 are eligible for New York’s duals demonstration program, as of September 1, only 7,280 had enrolled and 57,375 had opted out. The program, known as the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA), launched on January 1, 2015 and serves Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens and Richmond counties. FIDA is scheduled to end on December 31, 2017, but New York’s Medicaid director has contacted CMS asking to continue the demonstration.

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