Government Resources

Government Resources

Mass Options
MassOptions connects elders, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers with agencies and organizations that can best meet their needs. Learn more about MassOptions, the network of partners and State agencies and how to contact them here.


Center for Medicare Services (CMS) -learn more about benefits under this program and regulations governing it

Designed to get tailored health care information to families with children, individuals, people with disabilities, seniors, young adults, and employers. Includes a tremendous amount of information, organized into sections on finding insurance options, learning about prevention, comparing care quality, and understanding the new law. It also features an interactive timeline highlighting key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and there is a section devoted to implementation of the Act.

SNAP Senior Assistance Office (SAO)

Seniors can face many barriers to SNAP participation. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) created the Senior Assistance Office to help decrease these access barriers.  The SAO serves seniors who apply for SNAP benefits using the SNAP application for seniors. The SAO also serves SNAP-only seniors who call the new SAO phone line at (833) 712-8027.   Note: Seniors can still do business with DTA in-person by going to their local DTA office.

Social Security Online

A complete directory to all of the information pamphlets and fact sheets that Social Security publishes on its benefit programs, including: Retirement, Disability, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income, Survivors benefits, and information about your Social Security Number

Nursing Home Comparison

The primary purpose of this site is to provide detailed information about the performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country


FirstGov site helps users access government sites that provide services such as SSA, Health Care Financing Administration, the Administration on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, etc. There are also links to all federal agencies and all 50 States

Benefits Check Up

Online questionnaire that identifies state and federal programs for elders; by the Massachusetts Council on Aging and National Council on Aging.

National Council on Aging

NCOA is a private, nonprofit association of some 3,500 organizations and individuals that include senior centers, adult day service centers, area agencies on aging, employment services, congregate meal sites, faith congregations, health centers, and senior housing.

Administration on Community Living

The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people with disabilities of all ages should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities. By funding services and supports provided by networks of community-based organizations, and with investments in research and innovation, ACL helps make this principle a reality for millions of Americans.


Operated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services A resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. healthfinder® links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,800 health-related organizations.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Covers a range of Veteran’s issues, from life insurance to compensation, to vocational rehabilitation.

Elder Abuse Center

National Center on Elder Abuse which addresses issues of abuse prevention and intervention through best practices. Includes basic fact sheets regarding abuse and statistical data. Also examines abuse in institutions and special populations. Information for family caregivers, newsletters, conferences, coalitions and link to a list serve

Elder Care Locator

The Elder Care Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.

National Council on Seniors Drug & Alcohol Rehab/

A non profit organization with a mission to educate and provide assistance to seniors struggling addiction as well as caregivers and family members with concerns. The agency’s primary objective is to effectively halt the growing silent epidemic of senior addiction.  They have a policy to not advertise nor promote any for profit rehab treatment providers on They will however attempt to answer every individual request for help with local, on the ground providers which may include government, non-profit and professional rehab assistance providers.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Treatment Services Locator

SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.  The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

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