Events

Privacy, Pets and Possibilities - Making Integrated Care Work

Posted by Elizabeth Stepakoff on Nov 8, 2016 6:51:14 AM

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

MCLE, 10 Winter Place, Boston, MA, 02108

Please join the Mental Health Legal Advisors committe for a special event on November 15th. Email aselter@mhlac.org for more details and to register.

Integration of behavioral and physical health care is supposed to improve the quality of health care, but the sharing of mental health information with physical health providers can mean inferior medical care for people with psychiatric challenges. And integration of care won’t improve outcomes if we remain limited to services that have produced lackluster results. Tuesday, November 15, 2016, we’ll be talking about making fundamental changes in how we think about mental health care and the people who use it so that integrated care can work.

Health care professionals of all types, attorneys, and persons with lived experience will benefit from this cutting‐edge look at:

 the lack of control over  psychiatric information in medical records as a barrier to integrated care: how implicit bias against persons with psychiatric diagnoses affects the ability to get and deliver cost‐effective physical health care;

 alternative approaches to mental health care, including housing first and complementary modalities, like meditation and pet therapy, that work;  

 how to make your records work for you and your client, and how you represent the client in your notes could have serious implications for them in numerous settings: employment, education, health care delivery and coverage, and court proceedings.

During the day, you will experience interactive demonstrations of treatment modalities and dynamic presentations by individuals incorporating new approaches to integrated care. Breakouts target the interests of lawyers (how to pursue successful privacy actions, employment discrimination cases, and more) and clinicians (practices that respect privacy, achieve better outcomes, and accommodate provider needs).  

Participants will come away with tangible methods to improve integrated care and their professional and personal techniques for working with and supporting colleagues, clients, people with lived experience, and family members.


MENTAL HEALTH LEGAL ADVISORS COMMITTEE        
24 School Street, Suite 804
Boston, MA 02108
(phone) 617-338-2345 
(toll free- MA only) 1-800-342-9092 
(fax) 617-338-2347
(general email) 
MHLAC@mhlac.org
(intake email) 
Intake@mhlac.org       

Business hours are 9:00 AM -5:00 PM Monday - Friday

The MHLAC Intake line is 617-338-2345, press 4 or toll free 1-800-342-9092, press 4. Please contact Ellie Sarcia at esarcia@mhlac.org if you have questions, your contact information changes and/or if you wish to subscribe/unsubscribe from email announcements about future events.

When Parents of Children with Disabilities Divorce

Posted by Elizabeth Stepakoff on Oct 17, 2016 9:02:28 PM

Divorce representation is more complicated when the divorcing spouses are the parents of children with special needs. Among other things, the financial support needs of those children can last their entire lives, affecting the parents financial planning and their child support obligations. Guardianship issues must be considered for children over the age of 17 who lack capacity to make their own decisions. Additionally, the educational needs and IEP benefits of disabled children may impact custody where the services and supports available to children are based on their primary residence.

On Tuesday, November 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. the Boston Bar Association will be holding a seminar outlining the issues and solutions for divorcing and divorced parents of children and adult offspring who have special needs, with a focus on issues raised in divorce proceedings, government assistance programs and the impact of child support on SSI and MassHealth Eligibility, and existing legal examples of instances where support has been sought for children with special needs. Margolis & Bloom attorney Karen B. Mariscal will be speaking.

This event is free to all members of the Boston Bar Association and costs $100 for non-members. To join the BBA, click here. 

For more information or to register for this event, click here.

Topics: special needs planning

Money and Aging: Planning for Your and Your Loved Ones' Legal and Financial Future

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on Oct 11, 2016 7:01:00 AM

Many of us find that planning for our own or a family member’s financial future feels like a chore that we would rather avoid. However, with thoughtful planning, it is possible to take care of yourself and loved ones in a way that will benefit you and them for decades to come. In this seminar, you will learn how to plan for your legal and financial future as you age, including how to use the law to enhance your savings, manage your assets during your lifetime, and understand the details of leaving your estate to your heirs. Attorney Harry S. Margolis will help debunk common myths and clarify the rules of coverage to help you better navigate the legal and financial landscape of aging for yourself and family members.

This free event is on Wednesday, November 9, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is part of the MIT Work-Life Center Seminar Series. To register, click here.

 

Topics: Estate Planning

Attend Special Needs Housing Group

Posted by Karen B. Mariscal on Oct 11, 2016 6:53:14 AM

Margolis & Bloom, LLP, is helping to sponsor the Special Needs Housing Group, a six-session seminar for parents who have children (including adult children) with special needs.  Guest speakers will discuss how parents can help their children lead independent lives outside of the family home, and how to pay for it. This year the group will meet on the following six Tuesday evenings: 

10/18/16

12/13/16

01/17/17

03/14/17

04/18/17

05/23/17

Meetings, which are free, are held at the Unitarian church in Wellesley, 309 Washington Street, in the Sanctuary, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The first meeting on October 18 will feature Dafna Krouk-Gordon and Dale Belcher, from TILL, Inc. (Toward Independent Learning and Living), experts in housing, staffing, and recreational opportunities for this population, who will discuss residential options, travel offerings, and a possible new program to provide long term supports to our adult children after we are no longer there for them.  If you would like to come, please rsvp to the group’s leader Michael Weiner, at michaelwweiner@financialguide.com.  

 

 

Topics: special needs planning

Attend Mass Home Care's 2016 Network Conference

Posted by Elizabeth Stepakoff on Sep 19, 2016 11:52:23 PM

On Thursday, October 13, Mass Home Care will be holding its annual conference at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough. The conference will run from 9:30 a.m. until around 4:00 p.m. and will include speakers on tenant/landlord issues, modern fall detection for seniors, and elder substance abuse. Margolis & Bloom attorney Patricia C. D'Agostino will be presenting on MassHealth Planning.  

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For a complete program of speakers and topics, or to register, click here.

 

Topics: long-term care planning

Attend Housing: Creative Solutions, Options and Challenges

Posted by Elizabeth Stepakoff on Sep 19, 2016 11:45:10 PM

On Thursday, October 6, Fletcher Tilton Attorneys at Law will be holding a conference at the Courtyard Marriott in Marlborough for persons with special needs, their families, and their advocates on housing options.

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Click here to register.

Topics: special needs planning

Attend Law School for Social Workers at Minuteman Senior Services

Posted by Patricia C. D'Agostino on Sep 2, 2015 3:28:03 AM

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Attorney Patricia C. D'Agostino will present on MassHealth eligibility for nursing home care and MassHealth community benefits on Monday, November 9th at Minuteman Senior Services. 

2 CEU Social Worker Credit is available.

To learn more and to register, contact Patti Dubielak at p.dubielak@minutemansenior.org.

Topics: law school for social workers

Estate Planning for Parents of Children With Special Needs

Posted by Karen B. Mariscal on Aug 31, 2015 1:04:04 PM

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Attorney Karen Mariscal will present on legal and financial planning for parents with children who have special needs on September 25 at 7 p.m.  In addition to Karen’s presentation, Leo Rotman and Caleb Harty from River Financial Group will discuss special needs financial planning.  The presentation will be held at the Charles River Center, 59 E. Militia Heights Drive, Needham, MA.  Come with questions -- RSVP to KBM@Margolis.com.

Topics: special needs planning

Attend Law School for Social Workers 2015: MassHealth Community Benefits

Posted by Rachel Sandler on Aug 27, 2015 7:09:23 AM

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Attorney Patricia C. D'Agostino will present on community benefits under MassHealth. Some of the topics she will cover include:

  • Home and Community Based Waiver
  • Personal Care Attendant ("PCA")
  • Community Choices ("Choices")
  • Program for All Inclusive care for the Elderly ("PACE")
  • Senior Care Options ("SCO") 

1 CEU Social Worker credit is available. 

Click here to learn more and to register.

Topics: law school for social workers, Patricia C. D'Agostino

Annual Law School for Social Workers 2015: Everything You Want to Know About MassHealth

Posted by Rachel Sandler on Aug 25, 2015 7:25:53 AM

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Margolis & Bloom is presenting its annual Law School for Social Workers program (LSSW) the morning of Saturday, October 17th at the Newton Marriott. This program is geared specifically for social workers who work with older adults and persons with disabilities and provides and opportunity to learn about a variety of topics. This year the three topics will focus on MassHealth.

For the first hour Jeffrey A. Bloom will present on MassHealth eligibility for nursing home care. For the second hour Patricia C. D'Agostino will present on MassHealth community benefits. For the last hour Harry S. Margolis will present on estate recovery, liens, and planning strategies.

3 CEU credits are available. 

Click here to learn more about the program and to register.

Topics: law school for social workers, Harry S. Margolis, Patricia C. D'Agostino, Jeffrey A. Bloom