Long Term Services and Supports Workgroup

//Long Term Services and Supports Workgroup

The Long Term Services and Supports Workgroup is comprised of State staff from all of the New England States.

Recent activity of the workgroup includes:
1. Issuing two Request for Proposals: Webinar on Care Planning Assessment Options in Medicaid Managed Long-term Services and Supports Programs for the New England Region – LTSS-2018-01 & Academy on Implementation Mechanisms for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services: Options and Challenges for New England – LTSS-2018-02

2. Hosting a regional training forum in June of 2017, in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), NESCSO sponsored a two-day training for New England States on Medicaid-funded Long-term Services and Supports in Worcester, MA.

Over twenty-five (25) Health and Human Service (HHS) staff from all six New England states attended the training. Representatives from a wide range of agencies that serve persons eligible for Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports, including the elderly and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, participated . Experts in the field from three of our region’s public universities: the University of Massachusetts Medical School; the University of Southern Maine; and the University of New Hampshire provided the training content. Over the course of the training, the university experts delivered the most current information and facilitated discussions related to Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS), including eligibility, services, and delivery systems.

State staff in attendance expressed a desire for additional training and collaborative learning opportunities on LTSS issues. As a result, NESCSO formed the LTSS Advisory Group. This group is comprised of LTSS policy leaders from each of the New England State HHS agencies. Their role is to advise NESCSO on the activities we should pursue to support the New England States in their development and operation of systems to care for populations in need of long-term services and supports. The LTSS Advisory Group met two times in 2017 and plans are underway for several NESCSO-sponsored events in 2018.

For more information please contact Patricia McKnight at patricia.mcknight@nescso.org