Volunteer Surrogates Celebrated

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Sandra Wright

On April 28 we celebrated our Volunteer Surrogates. Our volunteer Surrogates provide a vital link to independence for many people with disabilities.

We gave a special award to Sandra Wright for her many years of service as a volunteer surrogate

We thank our corporate supporters for their donations of goods and services that help us celebrate our volunteer surrogates


Barrington Stage Company

Big Y Supermarkets

Central Rock Gym

The Emily Dickinson Museum

Eric Carle Museum

Foxwoods Resorts & Casinos

Holyoke Merry-Go-Round

Melha Shriners Circus

Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort

Munich Haus Restaurant

New England Patriots

Ninety Nine Restaurant at Eastfield Mall

Southwick Zoo

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PCA Overtime Time Information

The Executive office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS ) have issued a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding Overtime Regulations for PCA as well as PCA OT Policy information, the Temporary & Continuity of  Care Approval Criteria and the PCA Overtime Request form. They may all be found at www.mass.gov/masshealth

For your convenience they are also listed here:


PCA OT Policy information 11/22/16


PCA Overtime Request Form 12/08/16


PCA Overtime FAQ 11/22/2016


Temporary & Continuity of Care Approval Criteria 

Please be advise PCAs will be getting a letter in the mail to explain these changes. A copy of the letter in English & Spanish may be found here:

Letter to PCAs Explaining Changes English

Letter to PCAs Explaining Changes Spanish

Home Modification Loan Program

Looking to make your home more accessible? Are you a landlord with a tenant with a disability? Then the Home Modification Loan Program may be for you.

The Home Modification loan program allows you to borrow up to $30,000 at 0- 3% depending on household income to make home modifications related to disability. Modifications may include home security, stair lifts, bathroom, kitchen modifications and more. Eligible applicants may qualify for a deferred loan meaning it does not have to be repaid and does not accrue interest until the house is sold. More information at www.cedac.org/hmlp

Landlors with less than ten units and with tenants with disabilities qualify for this program. Please see www.cedac.org/hmlp  for eligibility criteria and application process

Paul Kahn Award Nominations Accepted

The Personal Care Attendant Quality Home Care Workforce Council, in collaboration with 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East, will present the 8th annual Paul Kahn Awards for PCA Service in October 2017. Five PCAs, from different regions of the state, will be honored.

Nominations are open to all consumers, PCAs, families, nonprofit staff, and governmental agency staff.

Awards will be given to PCAs who demonstrate

  • dedication to their work;
  • longevity of PCA service; and
  • actions that increase the value and image of PCA work.

If you know of one or more PCAs whose service and dedication to PCA work deserves recognition, you can submit his or her name for consideration. Nominations must be submitted on the 2017 nomination form.

Nomination Form in English Can be found here

Formulario en Español esta aqui

Please remember to provide us with your contact information and the nominated PCA’s telephone number, so the selection committee can contact you and the PCA.

Nominations can be sent by the following methods.

 Mail:    PCA Workforce Council

            600 Washington St., Room 7264

            Boston, MA  02111

FAX:    617-210-5452

E-mail: pcacouncil@state.ma.us

 Please submit nominations by September 11, 2017.