CORE (Counseling Outreach and Referral for the Elderly)
CORE is a collaborative program of the four Martha’s Vineyard Councils on Aging and MVCS funded by a Community Initiative Grant of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. CORE provides coordinated care through a combination of community, office and home based behavioral health and supports to people 55 years and older. CORE actively engages elders in individualized services that: enrich their lives; keep them healthy and safe; and involve them in the programs and activities of the community.
What services does CORE offer?
For people 55 and over CORE provides free mental health assessments, short term counseling, care coordination, home visits, referrals to available resources, support groups and referrals for psychiatric visits at Island Counseling Center (ICC). People who are unable or reluctant to come to the Council on Aging (COA) or the office may receive counseling at home.
What is Care Coordination?
Care coordinators work with people to help manage important appointments and tasks. When organizing and connecting is difficult, care coordination promotes safe and healthy lifestyles by assisting with access to available resources including:
- Medical Appointments
- Councils on Aging
- Community programs and groups
How are services provided?
After you talk with the Council on Aging worker, a referral is made to the CORE clinician at ICC. A CORE clinician makes the initial appointment to evaluate what level of on-going services is needed and desired. Meetings can take place at home or in the office depending on the elder’s needs.
How do I access CORE?
To get help for yourself or someone you care about, call the COA for your town:
- Edgartown: 508-627-4368
- Tisbury: 508-696-4205
- Oak Bluffs: 508-693-4509
- Up Island: 508-693-2896
Martha’s Vineyard Councils on Aging