Disability Evaluation Services program helps Medicaid members access the disability-related services they need.

State: 
Massachusetts
Organization: 
University of Massachusetts Medical School
MassHealth
Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance

UMass Medical School, through its Disability Evaluation Services program, offers streamlined, high-quality, and cost-effective disability determination services for state agencies seeking to improve their benefit eligibility services for people with disabilities. These services are critical to ensure that vulnerable Medicaid members who need access to disability-related services are able to get them.

UMass understands the complex needs of this vulnerable population. Many times, applicants may be without phone contact, a permanent residence, transportation, or may have physical, emotional or cognitive impairments. To help them, we collaborate with hospitals, health centers, shelters, and other health care providers as needed. As an added benefit for state agencies, we utilize a disability determination team of Skilled Professional Medical Personnel (SPMP) that allows states to obtain an enhanced federal match for their programs.

For 16 years, UMass has provided medical case development and disability determination services to members of the Massachusetts Medicaid program (MassHealth), and persons who receive assistance from two Department of Transitional Assistance programs (Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children and Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children). Our Disability Evaluation Services team developed and refined a single, streamlined disability application and review process in Massachusetts that has been replicated with other state clients.