MCS provides supports to individuals who qualify for a variety of waiver services, one of these waiver services being the Acquired Brain Injury.
In order to qualify for this waiver program, the applicant must be living in a nursing facility or chronic rehabilitation hospital and have an acquired brain injury after age 22. One is then eligible to apply for one of two waivers: the ABI-Residential Waiver or the ABI Non-Residential Waiver. Once the individual moves out into the community, supports can be provided.
What is an Acquired Brain Injury?
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain, which is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative or induced by birth trauma. An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth. This also includes all types of traumatic brain injuries and also brain injuries cause after birth by cerebral vascular accidents (strokes) and loss of oxygen to the brain (hypoxic brain injury).
MCS has been serving the population with Acquired Brain Injury since 2012. Eligible individuals are now being served in the communities of Ludlow, Ware, Agawam, Chicopee, Springfield and Indian Orchard where they live on their own or with other family members.
The services MCS offers are Adult Companion services provided opportunities for companionship, socialization, shopping, eating out, going to special events, etc. Individual supports provides opportunities for consumers to enhance, restore and build upon their independent living skills such as learning how to cook, cleaning of the home, assisting or doing the laundry, setting up appointments and/or financial assistance as needed.
Organizations serving ABI clients are:
Brain Injury Association of America www.biama.org
UMass ABI Waiver Unit E-mail: ABIinfo@umassmed.edu