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Social Prescription

Application Process

Call for Interest – Social Prescription Pilot

The Mass Cultural Council is requesting Expressions of Interest from cultural organizations that have an established partnership with a Professional Care Provider to take part in a one-year pilot beginning July 1, 2020.

Mass Cultural Council is seeking cultural organizations interested in participating in a one-year pilot program designed to positively affect the health and well-being of the people of Massachusetts and the fiscal health of our non-profit cultural organizations.

Our intention is to further develop cross-sector partnerships, demonstrate the protective and therapeutic effect of cultural and arts participation, and to create a model where the services provided by cultural organizations are funded.

As part of our CultureRx Initiative, we will test the effectiveness of engaging professional care providers to become “social prescribers.” They will write prescriptions for their patients and clients to participate in specific programs at participating cultural organizations to help alleviate or prevent social isolation, loneliness, and depression; enhance family relationships; improve physical fitness, agility, and/or mobility; and increase happiness and a sense of well-being.

“Professional care providers” include, but are not limited to physicians, nurses, community health workers, mental health and recovery workers, therapists, geriatric workers, social workers, school guidance counselors, and other licensed/certified professionals who interact with patients and clients.

Cultural organizations will provide the program and/or service called for in a social prescription to the client free of charge. The cultural organization will then be reimbursed by Mass Cultural Council for the published admission/participation cost of the program or service the client was provided.  Reimbursement will take place at three-month intervals.

Each participating organization will receive a $5,000 stipend to help offset the cost of staff participation in the two required trainings.

The pilot will also serve as an opportunity for a cohort of organizations and professional medical providers to share learning and best practices with each other.

Who should submit an Expression of Interest?

This pilot effort seeks organizations that have an established relationship with a professional care provider who is currently referring clients/patients to the organization for services.

We recognize that many organizations are seeking to establish new partnerships with professional care providers in their communities. As we learn from this pilot and the Partnership Pilots in our CultureRx Initiative, we will be able to offer organizations guidance, resources, and support as they pursue new partnerships that move them towards social prescribing.

Mass Cultural Council is accepting Expressions of Interest from cultural organizations that address the Key Characteristics of Social Prescription in the Arts, which are essential for the successful implementation of social prescription programming and described below.

Key Characteristics of Social Prescription in the Arts

  • Partnership – Professional service providers and cultural organizations are engaged in the collaborative care of patients/clients, including:
    1. Clearly stated shared goals of the partnership.
    2. Identifying a point of contact for each partner to keep the lines of communication open.
    3. Use data to learn, adapt, and improve continuously.
  • Preparation – Professional service providers and cultural organizations take part in ongoing learning around current research and practice at the intersection of culture and health, including the individual and public health impact of cultural experiences and best practices in welcoming new audiences to organizations.
  • IDEAS – An Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Strategy is in place to ensure clients can access and fully experience cultural opportunities by overcoming barriers, seen and unseen, that may inhibit participation.

Pilot Commitments

Cultural Organizations invited to participate in the pilot will:

  • Identify specific programs/services with a published cost (advertised cost, not discount student, senior, or other rates) that the professional care provider will prescribe.
  • Identify a Care Coordinator*
  • Implement the approved program that was co-authored by the organization and a professional care provider with information about the partnership and services that have been agreed upon.
  • Participate in at least two workshops provided by Mass Cultural Council (the coordinator and at least one other person).
  • Cultural organizations will provide the program and/or service called for in a social prescription to the client free of charge.
  • Submit prescription reimbursement information to Mass Cultural Council according to the reimbursement schedule.
  • Report on participation to support Mass Cultural Council evaluation efforts and to measure program impact in the form of a final report.
  • Share experiences and learning with the pilot cohort and the broader cultural field.

Professional Care Providers partnering with selected cultural organizations will:

  • Implement the approved program which includes writing prescriptions for their patients and clients to participate in specific programs at participating cultural organizations to help alleviate or prevent social isolation, loneliness, and depression; enhance family relationships; improve physical fitness, agility, and/or mobility; and increase happiness and a sense of well- being.
  • Identify a Care Coordinator*
  • Report on participation to support Mass Cultural Council evaluation efforts and to measure program impact in the form of a final report.
  • Share experiences and learning with the pilot cohort and the broader cultural field.

*Care Coordinator:This term refers to a role in the partner site and the cultural site. This role refers to the individual who deliberately organizes an individual’s care activities and shares information among participants concerned with an individual’s care to achieve effective care.

Anticipated Timeline and Pilot Components

May 31, 2020: Expression of Interest due – deadline extended due to COVID-19

Internal staff review of submissions. It may be necessary to schedule follow-up phone conversations. Mass Cultural Council staff will conduct calls with organizations as needed.

August 2020: Selected cultural organizations that have successfully completed an Expression of Interest in the program will be invited to submit an application which details:

  • The goals of the partnership.
  • The service(s) that will be offered/prescribed.
  • The estimated number of prescriptions anticipated.
  • The cost of the service(s) that will be offered/prescribed.
  • What impact the partners hope to achieve through social prescription.

October 2020: Organizations will be notified as to whether they have been selected to participate in the Social Prescription Pilot.

October 2020: Contracts finalized and sent to program participants

October 2020: Pilot participants attend the required workshops

December 15, 2020: First reimbursement request submission deadline

March 15, 2021: Third reimbursement request submission deadline

June 15, 2021: Final reimbursement request submission deadline

July 15, 2021: Final Reports due

Pilot Flexibility

This pilot has been designed to be responsive and is meant to allow for adjustments based on learning and experience gained over the course of the year. As a result, the components of the pilot and the timeline may change over the course of the year including things such as:

  • The number of participating organizations
  • The frequency and/or timing of reimbursements
  • The process by which reimbursement is requested and/or reporting is completed

The Mass Cultural Council is committed to navigating and negotiating any necessary changes with the participants before making them and to clearly communicating all pilot expectations. The Mass Cultural Council will also report on any changes to its board at the quarterly Council meetings.

How to Submit an Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest should be submitted electronically no later than May 31, 2020. Successful organizations will be invited to submit a detailed application in September 2020.

Questions?

Contact Cheyenne Cohn-Postell.


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