Join the MAMES Home Modification Accessibility Committee

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MAMES is a regional association serving the Midwestern states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. In 2012 MAMES created a committee – the Home Modification Accessibility Committee (HMAC) – that focuses solely on the needs of the home modification accessibility industry.

The HMAC’s mission is to create and maintain a high level of ethical standards for the home modification/accessibility industry through professional education, credentialing, advocacy, and collaboration. HMAC is inviting interested members of state/regional associations around the country to join our group and help us advocate and grow the home modification industry.

There are two prerequisites to sign up to be part of this group: you must be a member in good standing with the state/regional association in your market, and you must be willing to participate in advocacy and in our monthly committee conference calls. The conference calls are the first Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. CT but could be adjusted to accommodate Pacific time if there are new members.

This month Jim Greatorex of AHIA has agreed to chair this committee.

“The group at MAMES has put together an excellent platform that can easily be expanded to include the rest of the country,” said Greatorex. “We highly recommend that if your company currently pursues revenue in the home modification arena that you join this group.”

Below is an example of the agenda from the last meeting:

1. Ongoing Business:

a. Federal legislative updates: monitor federal legislation that may be positive/negative for HMA industry.

i. H.R. 3471, the Veterans Safety Mobility Act signed into law: Jim.

b. State updates/including Medicaid waiver program updates: All
c. Questions and discuss HMA issues committee members are/have experienced: All

2. New Business:

a. Review Previous Goals for HMA Committee and determine if continuing:

i. Provide opportunities for home accessibility education with continuing education credits.
ii. Organize/recruit other home accessibility providers and related firms as members.
iii. Focus on the needs and issues specific to home modifications
/accessibility in the respective states
iv. Educate and increase awareness with government and other policy makers, payer sources, and the general public.
v. Advocate for policy of appropriate and ethical funding for home modification/accessibility services, as driven by a focus for need-based outcomes vs. profit.
vi. Become a legislative watchdog for any potential changes from the federal, state or local levels that would potentially affect business practices.
vii. Explore the relationship between vendors and providers for opportunities to better tie the two together in terms of marketing to consumers.

3. Next meeting: first Tuesday of the month.

To join the Home Modification Accessibility Committee:

  1. Please send an email to both Rose Schafhauser, MAMES executive director ([email protected]) and Jim Greatorex ([email protected]). In the email include your name, job title, company name and address, phone number, and email address. Please also include the state/regional association that you currently are affiliated with.
  2. After receipt of this information, we will send you instructions on how to participate and when the call/event will be.

This is a great way for you to advocate for your industry and meet others doing the same thing in different areas of the country. Help us professionally meet the demands that our aging population and mobility impaired friends have!