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Grants Awarded to Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts

Grants Awarded to Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts $65,800
 
Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts Health Care Recovery Dollar Sustainability Project (2010)$30,000
Central Massachusetts Hoarding Task Force (2008)$16,800
Family Advocates' Early Intervention Assistance Program (2007)$19,000
 
Year:2010Amount: $30,000
Title:Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts Health Care Recovery Dollar Sustainability Project
Grant Type: Activation Fund
The Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts (FACM) program of Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts plans to work with the Edward M. Kennedy Health Center and Commonwealth Medicine to pilot a project to address wrongful denials or terminations of insurance coverage. Commonwealth Medicine will study the denials and the amount of reimbursement involved. FACM believes this program will increase reimbursement to the health center and that some of that additional reimbursement could be used to fund a medical-legal partnership that would continue to aid patients.

Project Director: Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham
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Year:2008Amount: $16,800
Title:Central Massachusetts Hoarding Task Force
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts will create a task force to educate and train the staff at agencies that work with seniors to recognize the problem of hoarding early in order to be able to refer the individual to available resources for help.  Presently, LACCM deals with this problem when the individual is about to be evicted or lose their home.  The goal of this task force is to develop protocols for referrals for individuals who have a hoarding disorder in order to get them treatment and prevent them from losing their homes.  LACCM will also create a website that would provide information and resources for those dealing with this problem.

Project Director:  Jonathan Mannina, Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts
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Year:2007Amount: $19,000
Title:Family Advocates' Early Intervention Assistance Program
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts (FACM) offers free legal help through specially trained lawyers at the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts.  This project will develop materials and train early intervention (EI) workers who go into area households to recognize and refer patients in need of legal assistance to FACM.  FACM will work with EI workers in Worcester, Fitchburg and Southbridge.

Project Director:  Jonathan Mannina, Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts
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