About Us – Corporate Profiles & History

sheldon-bycoff-smallSheldon D. Bycoff, Founder and President of MHPI, Inc. (MHPI), has been the president since the organization’s founding in 1976. Sheldon has designed and secured challenging combinations of public and private financing for 12 separate housing projects in the Boston metropolitan area and Central Massachusetts. These projects provide long-term economic stability and high quality environments in a portfolio of over 240-units scattered over 15 sites currently owned and managed by MHPI. He is the founder and former President of Vinfen Corporation, which was formed in 1979 to provide a variety of human and behavioral health-related services, including clinical, rehabilitation, and residential programs. He came to Vinfen from the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, where he served as Assistant Superintendent (Administrative) from 1976 to 1979. From 1971 to 1976 he was Business Manager for South Shore Mental Health Association, Inc. Prior to this, Sheldon was President and Owner of Development Dynamics Associates, Inc., Senior Administrator at Raytheon Company. He began his career as an operations researcher at Prudential Insurance Company of America in 1964. Most recently, Bycoff served as part of the Long Term Financing Advisory Committee, covening at the request of Governor Patrick to study issues related to long term care and its current and future implications on seniors.

Newt-Levee-smallNewton Levee, Director of Real Estate Development, has been a practicing lawyer in Boston for over 40 years, focusing on the representation of extended care facilities and other medical providers. Newt’s association with MHPI spans all the way back to 1975 when he was part of the formation of the organization in a governance capacity of the Board of Directors chairperson. Since 1995, Newt has been of Counsel to the law firm of Murtha Cullina LLP (formerly Roche, Carens & DeGiacomo). From 1983 to 1995 he was a partner in Berlin, Clarey, Axten &Levee, having previously been a partner at Sherin & Lodgen, where he practiced from 1973 to 1983. Newt began his career in 1963 at McCormack, Elcock, Cohen & Matera.

Paul-Lemieux-smallPaul Lemieux, Chief Financial Officer, of MHPI, Inc. (MHPI) since 2002, brings a diverse background of over 30 years of accounting and finance experience gathered through a variety of business environments. At MHPI, Paul is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a number of areas including finance, occupancy, human resources and communications including events and is a key player in the organization’s recent strategic shift to more of a home care emphasis. Paul was instrumental in the initial rent-up at MHPI’s newest property, Senior Living at Prouty and took a lead role in identifying and ultimately procuring office space for the organization’s location in Mashpee. Having worked in both privately and publicly owned companies, Paul has developed and implemented systems (both manual and automated) that have enhanced operations, streamlined processes and improved bottom-line results. Paul came to MHPI from Energy Retailers, Inc where he served as Senior Accountant. From 2001 to 2002. From 1993 to 2001 he served as Controller for ABB Optical, Inc. Prior to this, Paul was the Director of Information Technology for Big & Tall Shoppes of America, and Controller for TJ Clark Advertising and Arnold Worldwide Advertising. Paul is a proud Notre Dame graduate.

Alice-L-Rose-smallAlice L. Rose, Alice oversees the home care program for RSSI including provision of Skilled Nursing for Acquired Brain Injury clients, Certified Home Health Aides, Housekeepers, Adult Companions, Individual Support Workers, Resident Service Coordinators, and Personal Care Assistants in addition to other staff.  Areas of service include Greater Boston, the South Shore, Cape Cod, and Worcester County.  Services are personalized for individual clients to enable recipients to remain as independent as possible.  Our staff has extensive experience in caring for and serving the elderly as well as clients with cognitive challenges, developmental delays and disabilities, acquired brain injuries, mental/psychiatric illnesses and/or other physical impairments.  The home-based program is accredited by the Home Care Alliance of MA, Inc.  We work with the Department of Mental Health, the North Suffolk Mental Health Association, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Mass Health/Medicaid, and other organizations.  Our private pay division offers services for which a client or insurer pays for services in the home.  Alice holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master’s Degree in Nursing, certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and maintains a Massachusetts Nursing Home Administrator License.

History of MHPI

Through the creation of safe and affordable housing, enriched by customized personal and supportive services, MHPI, Inc. continues to capably serve individuals facing mental and/or physical challenges throughout Greater Boston, Greater Worcester, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod.

OUR ROOTS

Born out of the de-institutionalization movement of 1975, MHPI, then Mental Health Programs, Inc., got its start as a service organization. With the closing of state-run mental hospitals and a change in the way the State of Massachusetts dealt with those suffering with mental illness, people who were once able to find help and assistance in an institution were reintegrated into the community. They were provided with a variety of residential and clinical support services. At this critical juncture, MHPI responded to this new public policy. The company was one of a select group of national trailblazers developing housing for this population. MHPI became one of the first providers to offer services for persons with behavioral and developmental disabilities who either resided in the community or were discharged from state facilities as a result of a series of consent decrees by the federal courts.

CREATING HOUSING

One of the services the company quickly became involved in was the creation of housing. At first, the focus was on those with mental disabilities, regardless of age. Due in large part to the state becoming a party to these critical and landmark consent decrees and legislation, MHPI focused its mission on developing housing to support these post-hospitalized individuals. In 1983, the first two of the company’s 15 facilities were occupied. One of just 26 recipients of HUD 202 funding nationally to specifically house those with mental illnesses, MHPI established locations in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. Since that time, the company has converted old school buildings, hospitals and Victorian homes into residences for those in need, while also developing new residences from the ground up. MHPI’s two latest projects, both made possible in large part with HUD 202 funding, are specifically designed to meet the needs of low-income seniors. MHPI X, Senior Living on Bellingham Hill in Chelsea, MA, is a 60-unit apartment residence for very low-income seniors aged 62 and older. In March of 2010, the doors opened at MHPI XII, Senior Living at Prouty in Spencer, MA, a 36-unit apartment residence for very low-income seniors.

SUPPORTING LIVES

Recognizing the need to bring a broader range of supportive services to a larger segment of the population, MHPI created an affiliate, Residential Support Services, Inc. (RSSI). Staff members such as registered nurses, social workers, service coordinators and occupancy specialists interact with clients on a regular basis to assist them by supporting their needs. Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC) is a MassHealth program that covers the costs of personal care services for eligible seniors and adults. Since 2007, the GAFC program, administered by RSSI, has experienced exponential growth and continues to accept new clients on a regular basis. Those in GAFC range in age from their mid 40’s to early 90’s. They live in either MHPI-owned facilities or those owned by other housing providers, such as public housing authorities.

RSSI has been privileged to serve tenants in facilities owned by Housing Authorities in Boston, Brookline, Chelsea, East Boston, Quincy and Spencer. Currently, RSSI staff members are busy enriching the lives of many residents by allowing them to remain independent in their own homes on the North and South Shores, as well as on Cape Cod and in Central Massachusetts. The company is committed to growing its GAFC program now and in the future to meet the ever-changing needs of those it serves.

Timeline

1970’sOn November 3, 1975, Mental Health Programs, Inc. began operations. In its infancy, the company focused its energies on supporting men and women who were re-integrated into society as a result of the deinstitutionalization movement. MHPI supplemented state-operated programs and services at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, providing educational, pre-vocational and service-enriched housing for those living with developmental and/or emotional disabilities. In 1978, the company was one of just 26 recipients nationwide to receive HUD 202 funding as part of a demonstration grant program geared specifically for persons previously confined to state institutions for the mentally ill. As a result, Mental Health Programs, Inc. opened “MHPI-I,” a 6-unit residence in Roxbury shortly thereafter.

1980’sIn 1983, MHPI-II, an 11-unit residence in Jamaica Plain opened. Five years later, MHPI-III, a 12-unit residence, began to operate in Jamaica Plain. Funding was also secured for a number of additional projects, including the company’s first multi-site endeavor, MHPI-IV, which contains 32 total units.

1990’sMHPI opened 7 additional HUD projects, encompassing 11 buildings in and around Boston and the North Shore. Included in that group are MHPI-V, the organization’s first facility dedicated solely to those with mental retardation, and MHPI-IX, which houses people living with HIV/AIDS.

2000’sThe doors to Senior Living on Bellingham Hill, a 60-unit apartment-style residence in Chelsea opened in 2000. The same year, Residential Support Services, Inc. was formed as the service delivery arm of the company. After over 30 years as Mental Health Programs, Inc., the organization re-branded itself and became MHPI, Inc. in 2008. In October of 2009, MHPI, Inc. relocated its corporate headquarters to its present day location in Newton.

2010The doors to Senior Living at Prouty, a 36-unit apartment style residence for very low-income seniors opened in Spencer, MA, representing the company’s first venture into Central Massachusetts. MHPI, Inc. continues to place a renewed emphasis on service delivery, offering GAFC services as well as in-home supportive services through contracts and private pay.

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From its origins in 1975 as Mental Health Programs, Inc. to its present day evolution to MHPI, Inc., the objective of creating safe and affordable housing and enhancing it with the most appropriate supportive services available has been the primary premise of the organization. One of the most important support systems for an individual is having a place to live. The need for affordable housing for very low-income persons, particularly those with disabilities and the elderly, has been clearly documented. MHPI, Inc. developed its first 6-unit project, located in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, in 1983. Since that time, we have been awarded funding for eleven other projects located throughout the Boston, North Shore, and Worcester areas, and we continue to seek new opportunities for expanding our mission.

RSSI Home Care

Founded by MHPI in 1999, Residential Support Services, Inc. (RSSI) delivers home care services to elderly and disabled tenants living in MHPI-owned properties and within the community. With funding from government (Medicaid through Group Adult Foster Care), insurance, and private sources, RSSI’s staff help individuals maintain independent living by assisting with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living website new 6(IADL). Among the services available are:

- assisting the client in complying with health care provider instructions
– obtaining medical care from physician or emergency room if the client should become ill
– reminders to client medication
– assistance with laundry
– supervision and assistance with activities of daily living (such as bathing, dressing and toileting)
– cleaning and general housekeeping
– assistance with shopping
– provision of, or arranging for transportation

The staff also coordinates the provision of medical and psychiatric medications. The resulting program provides clients with the assurance that they will receive the personal care and attention they need; the guidance and support to promote well-being by supporting their physical and emotional health to prevent rest or nursing home placement, and the opportunity to regain some of their independence and live in a dignified and meaningful way as they age in place.

For more information about Residential Support Services, Inc. please contact Alice Rose at alice.rose@mhpi.net

 

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