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Should I apply for MassHealth for my child with a disability?

Click on Individuals, Families, and Children (on left side of page)

Click on How to Apply (on left side of page)

To receive MassHealth, you must fill out a form called a Medical Benefit Request.  If you do not have an application package and would like to get one, call MassHealth Enrollment Center at 1-888-665-9993 (TTY: 1-888-665-9997).  You can also get help filling out the form by calling these numbers.

Mail the Medical Benefit Request and proof of income to:

MassHealth Enrollment Center

Central Processing Unit

P.O. Box 290794

Charlestown, MA 02129-0214

Make sure that you print and include the MassHealth Child Disability Supplement or find a local MassHealth Office and apply there (or you can apply at numerous hospitals).

One local enrollment center is located at 21 Spring Street, Suite 4, Taunton MA 02780.

If you are told you need to pay for MassHealth (price is based on income), the price will lower immensely once you apply for Premium Assistance.

  • Once you receive MassHealth or Common Health, apply for the Premium Assistance Program by dialing 1-800-862-4840, option 1.  They will take your information and send you a form to complete.  You will need to have yoru employer fill out part of the form.  The program will then pay for a percent of your premium to your insurance.
  • When you receive MassHealth or Common Health, call 1-800-495-0086 or 1-888-627-7472 and make sure they add you to the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) program.  This program offers crisis programs, in-home therapy, parent partnerships, and other resources

Your Right to Appeal

MassHealth will send you a notice to let you know whether or not you can get MassHealth.  If you think that the decision is wrong, you have the right to ask for a fair hearing to appeal decisions they make about your MassHealth benefits and services.  MassHealth notices have information on the back that explain how to ask for a fair hearing and how much time you have to as for one.

Once you have access to MassHealth it covers medication, doctors' appointments, in-home supports, hospital stays, etc.


 

Community Counseling of Bristol County

Mill River Professional Center, One Washington Street Taunton, MA 02780

Phone: 508-823-5400

As part of MassHealth's Children's Behavioral Health Initiative "CBHI," Community Counseling of Bristol County, Inc. has been designated as the Community Service Agency ("CSA") for Attleboro, Taunton, and surrounding communities.

Who is eligible?

Intensive Care Coordination facilitates care planning and coordination of services for MassHealth youth with serious emotional disturbance, under the age of 21, and enrolled in MassHealth Standard or CommonHealth who meet the medical necessity criteria for this service.

How are referrals made?

To make a referral, please download and complete the CSA Referral Form. We also need authorization to talk to the family. Please download and complete the CCBC Authorization Form (release of information). You can e-mail or fax this form to us. For further information or questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Services provided: Intensive Care Coordinator (ICC), In-home therapy (IHT), Family Partner, Therapeutic Mentor (TM), Outpatient services.


PSA (Pediatric Services of America)

Home Health Aids (covered by Mass Health)

20 Minuteman Way Suite 2 Brockton, MA 02301-7507

Phone: (508) 586-9700 Toll Free: (800) 486-9870

Through the use of a family-centered care approach, PSA Healthcare nurses work closely with the family to build confidence and create and implement the right care plan. Care that supports family involvement. Care that improves the quality of lives and fosters independence. Care that gives patients and their families dignity, respect and hope.


 

House of Possibilities

350 Washington St. Easton, MA (508)205-0555

HOPe is a state-of-the-art facility that provides support to families having children and adults living with developmental challenges, both cognitive and/or physical by providing high quality programming and weekend respite services, including overnight respite that supports individuals and their families requiring 24/7 care.


Department of Mental Health  

The Department of Mental Health, as the State Mental Health Authority, assures and provides 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.  An application can be foundhere.

Brockton Office

Howard Baker-Smith, Area Director

165 Quincy Street, Brockton, MA 02302

Phone (508) 897-2000

Fax (508) 897-2024

TTY (508) 897-2224

Kathy Cantone, Assistant: (508) 897-2032

 

 


BAMSI

10 Christy Dr., Brockton, MA   Phone:508-580-8700

Brocton Area Multi-Services, Inc. (BAMSI) is a private, non-profit human services organization providing services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illness, behavioral health, and public health needs.


Parent Information Network (PIN)

To contact PIN, email pin@bamsi.org or call 508-947-8779.

Children, Youth, and Family Services

The Parent Information Network (PIN) is a parent information, support, and advocacy program designed by parents and professionals to help families who have children with serious emotional, behavioral, and/or mental health challenges. PIN helps parents and caregivers stay connected with other parents to help reduce the stress and isolation many feel as they cope with raising a child with mental health needs. The program is staffed by trained Parent Coordinators (PCs) who have faced similar challenges parenting their own children. PIN is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH).

 


Therapeutic Mentoring     

Children, Youth, and Family Services

Therapeutic Mentoring offers structured, one-to-one, strength-based support services between a Therapeutic Mentor and a youth with the purpose of enhancing the youth’s life and social and communication skills. Unlike traditional mentoring programs, Therapeutic Mentoring requires that each mentor operate under the guidance and supervision of a clinician. Services are provided in any setting where the youth resides, or in a community setting, such as school, child-care center, respite setting, or other culturally and linguistically appropriate community setting.

Therapeutic Mentoring may be accessed through the Department of Mental Health (DMH), the Department of Child and Family Services (DCF), the Community Service Agency (CSA), or through MassHealth. For more information about Therapeutic Mentoring, call 508 -408 8670.

 


Brockton After School Enrichment (BASE)

450 Pleasant St, East Bridgewater MA

Children, Youth, and Family Services

BASE is a therapeutic after-school program dedicated to enhancing the social and academic skills of children ages 6-12 with complex emotional and behavioral needs who have been unable to succeed in non-therapeutic community program settings.

BASE operates under a closed referral process, with referrals coming directly from the Department of Mental Health. For more information about BASE, please call 508-584-0074.