HMEA’s Home First provides support to families with DDS eligible children and young adults (ages 3-years-old to 25-years-old) who have significant cognitive, physical and complex health care needs and who are living at home.
HMEA’s Home First Program is a program of the MA Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Metro Boston Region, which provides enhanced Family Support & Complex Care Management to DDS eligible individuals and their families caring for a Medically Complex Child/Young Adult (3-25 years) at home. This program, one of five across the state provides flexible, family centered support which includes navigation of a wide variety of supports and services to enable the child to continue to live at home with the resources they need in place. Referrals are only from DDS Metro Region Family Support Director. Staff from the Home First program are personally familiar with many of these challenges as they have family members supported by DDS and have can truly relate to and provide support and understanding to families referred to this program.
HomeFirst’s specialized case management assists families to navigate medical services, health care benefits, equipment and assistive technology, home nursing, educational services, home and vehicle modifications and public benefits. By integrating the services, HMEA helps the family provide the best care for their child in the home.
Referrals are made by the local Department of Developmental Services (DDS) office for the following areas: Newton/South Norfolk, Greater Boston, Charles River West and Middlesex West.