Connecting Older Adults with Community-Based Housing Options

Marillac St. Vincent has long been a leader in the Senior Services field and continues to work to empower seniors through the Colbert Program. Tramaine Martin, formerly of AgeOptions, joined the Community Outreach Services team at MSV earlier this month, bringing years of experience in Colbert education and outreach.

Tramaine Martin, Colbert Program Manager at Marillac St. Vincent.

Aligned with our mission to empower those in need, Tramaine oversees five Transition Engagement Specialists to provide Colbert Education and Outreach to Class Members in 44 Chicago nursing homes, offering education and outreach to 5,666 seniors in 2018 alone.

The Colbert Consent Decree is a court order signed in 2011 mandating that nursing home residents who are on or eligible for Medicaid (Class Members) have the legal right to live in the least restrictive, safe environments, including their own homes, apartments, or in supportive living, while maintaining support services.

The Decree states that Class Members must be informed about the consent decree, their right to be evaluated for potential transition to community living, help in transitioning when appropriate, and the range of services available in the community.

Deputy Commissioner of Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) and Executive Director of the Chicago Area Agency on Aging, Joyce Gallager said, “Due to our longstanding successful collaboration with Marillac St. Vincent, we recommended they take on the Colbert Education and Outreach responsibilities in Chicago. They continue to grow the opportunity to empower seniors in long term care facilities to be successful as they consider transitioning back to the community.” MSV is excited to be asked to partner with the city of Chicago and improve the lives of seniors in our community.

“Working with the Colbert Class Members in suburban Cook County for the past several years, I’m excited to transition the Chicago efforts in educating nursing home residents about their options, especially as part of such an amazing and well-established organization as MSV,” commented Martin.

MSV continues to be a resource to underserved populations and we are proud to be recognized for our leadership and expertise empowering isolated seniors to gain independence, increase their confidence, and reintegrate into their communities.

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