Multipurpose Senior Services Program
- Frequently Asked Questions
My father is only 63 years old, but otherwise he seems to meet the other requirements for MSSP. Can MSSP still help? If not, what do I do now?
Since you must be at least age 65 to enroll in MSSP, your father wouldn't be eligible for this program at this time. Your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) can provide information and refer you to other services in your father's community. The local AAA is listed in the telephone business white pages, or call 1-800-510-2020 for the AAA nearest his home.
What does it mean to be "certifiable for nursing facility placement?" I don't want to have to go into a nursing home?
Being "certifiable" or "eligible" for nursing facility placement just means that you have disabilities that would qualify you to be in a nursing facility - it does not mean that you have to go into a nursing facility. A nurse who works for MSSP makes the certification. The goal of MSSP services is to see that people get the help they need to stay in their own homes as long as possible.
Why do you have to be on Medi-Cal to be on MSSP?
The Medi-Cal program funds MSSP, so all enrollees of MSSP have to meet Medi-Cal eligibility criteria.
If I was to enroll in the MSSP program, could I still keep my In-Home Supportive Services caregiver?
Yes, you can keep your same In-Home Support Services caregiver, as In-Home Supportive Services is a separate program from MSSP.
What if I need a service not covered by MSSP?
There is no guarantee that MSSP will be able to pay for every service you need. When a need is identified, the first option is always to check whether family or friends can help. If these resources can't address your needs, then we look to other agencies in your community that have programs for which you might be able to qualify (e.g., In-Home Supportive Services, Meals on Wheels, etc.). MSSP will only consider spending it's program funds once these additional sources of help are explored. This determination is based on several factors, including the type of service (only a few things can be paid for by MSSP), the availability of the service in your local area, and your willingness to participate in the program.
Updated May 22, 2014
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