This one-click connects Military Members, Veterans and their Families to assistance in Massachusetts.
Sponsor and Coordination Center for Virtual Resources
The Coordinated Veterans Services network is a web-based electronic system that connects veteran service providers to coordinate care virtually, track outcomes, improve access, increase collaboration, and enable communities to provide more comprehensive levels of service.
The system allows veterans to request assistance via website, email, telephone or in-person and is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), Personal Identifiable Information (PII) standards, Security and Data Storage Standards and Breach and Enforcement Rules. Brighton Marine partnered with software firm Unite US and funded a two-year pilot program for this network in the Massachusetts area. Brighton Marine serves as the network Coordination Center.
US FAMILY HEALTH PLAN
US Family Health Plan is a TRICARE Prime option available to families of active duty military, National Guard, and Reserves, as well as to military retirees and their eligible family members. US Family Health Plan is available in six regions across the United States, with Brighton Marine as headquarters for US Family Health Plan of Southern New England, which currently serves over 15,000 members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and portions of Connecticut and New Hampshire.
The US Family Health Plan organizations have evolved from their beginnings as public health service facilities, to extensions of military treatment facilities, to forward-leaning health care plans that use the most current innovations in health care delivery through a value-based, capitated reimbursement mechanism.
US Family Health Plans were among the first to implement telemedicine, 24-hour nurse help lines, and in-home patient monitoring. US Family Health Plan participants have 33 percent fewer inpatient days and 28 percent fewer emergency room visits than other TRICARE Prime enrollees.
Across TRICARE and the entire Military Health System, US family Health Plan is the only program that has achieved national health care reform goals through value-based contracting – aligning payments with managing beneficiary health care, achieving superior health outcomes while reducing cost – all the while keeping patient satisfaction the highest of all military health care programs. It is the only fully at-risk managed health care program in the military health system.
US Family Health Plan provides excellent care at a reasonable cost. In 2017, US Family Health Plan achieved a member satisfaction rating of 95.1 percent, which is in the 99th percentile of commercial health plans nationally (National Committee for Quality Assurance 2017 Quality Compass Report).
By law, US Family Health Plan costs the Department of Defense the same or less than other TRICARE programs and Medicare. The Department of Defense establishes maximum ceiling reimbursement rates for US Family Health Plan that it certifies are at or below the level of the rates paid for beneficiaries enrolled in other TRICARE networks.
If you aren’t already enrolled in US Family Health Plan or another TRICARE Prime option, or you want to change TRICARE plans, you’ll be able to enroll in US Family Health Plan during a special limited period this fall.
Learn more about US Family Health Plan at usfamilyhealth.org.
Subscribe to our Open Season email notices at usfamilyhealth.org/open-season.
Learn about Qualifying Life Events at TRICARE.mil/LifeEvents.
Talk with a real person about Open Season at 888.815.5510.
Residences at Brighton Marine
Brighton Marine closed on financing for a first-of-its kind, $46-million initiative that will create 102 units of housing in Boston with preference to veterans of all income levels. The units will be built adjacent to Brighton Marine’s campus and provide apartments for qualifying veterans and their families who want to live in Boston but do not have the means to afford more expensive housing options. The transit-oriented site is located along the MBTA’s Green Line subway route.
The building is comprised of six stories, with a range of units from studio to three bedrooms, covered and uncovered parking, and community amenities such as fitness center, community room, media room, classroom and child play area.
Occupancy filling up fast. Click here to learn more about the Residences at Brighton Marine.
Veterans Housing at Brighton Marine
In the fall of 2020, Brighton Marine opened a facility for 25 Veterans who call our campus home. Veterans Housing at Brighton Marine is an affordable housing facility featuring 25 apartments specifically for vulnerable Boston-area Veterans. The facility is fitted with state-of-the-art conferencing technology to support telehealth needs for Veteran residents, is fully furnished and includes a full kitchen and private bathrooms.
This effort would not have been possible without the collaboration of the Boston Housing Authority, Boston Veterans’ Services, VA Boston Healthcare and Soldier On. The permanent, affordable housing and supportive services are available to Veterans residents under the HUD-VASH program. In addition to the services provided through the VA, the Veterans Housing program at Brighton Marine provides Veterans with comprehensive case management and wraparound services delivered on and off campus – including primary and mental health care, and if needed, substance abuse counseling – to help Veteran residents further their recovery while achieving housing security and independence.
Housing is only one component of the care that Veterans receive as tenants of the Veterans Housing at Brighton Marine. They also have full access to every partner and program within the Coordinated Veterans Service network and Soldier On, from financial coaches to addiction treatment counselors. While uncommon in most affordable housing programs for Veterans, this level of support is crucial to ensure the long-term success of vulnerable Veterans.
Current tenants range in age from 31 to 84. Using vouchers awarded to the Boston Housing Authority from federal government, monthly rent and support services are funded for as long as tenants need.
This initiative would not have been possible without our incredible partners, including Rockland Trust and Comcast.
Homeless Veterans’ Endowment Fund
The Board of Directors of Brighton Marine Health Center approved an initiative on July 30, 2015 to establish an endowment fund of $200,000 to reduce Veterans’ homelessness in and around Boston. The Homeless Veterans’ Endowment Fund is used to assist Veterans by funding expenses associated with obtaining housing that have not been met by public or other financing programs. On October 26, 2017, the Board of Directors approved continued funding to supplement the endowment fund in increments of $50,000 as needed. As of January 31, 2018, the fund has assisted 264 veterans.
The goal of this fund is to assist agencies with funding gaps associated with placement of homeless Veterans in permanent housing using a VASH Certificate subsidy.
Costs considered under this fund are:
- Security Deposits
- Application fees
- Past utility debt outstanding
- Pro-rated rent gaps up to 15 days (to allow for vacant unit inspection if previous tenant is moving out end of month)
- Veteran’s portion of first month rent
- Broker fees
The maximum request allowance has been set at $2,000 per Veteran.
The focus area for the Fund has been defined as the Greater Boston Area. Placement of Veterans in housing should be focused in Suffolk, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk or Plymouth Counties.
Brighton Marine works with trusted partners, the City of Boston Veterans’ Services and VA Boston HealthCare, to request disbursements for Veterans. These partners have a direct responsibility to house Veterans using VASH certificates and are responsible to provide a list of agents authorized to request funds from the Endowment.
Arthur Berg Leadership Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2012 and is named in honor of Arthur Berg who retired from Brighton Marine after 37 years of dedication and commitment to the organization. From 2012 to 2017, the scholarship was awarded to a student in the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Brighton High School who demonstrated outstanding leadership, community service and commitment to their education. With the closing of the Brighton High School JROTC program in the 2017-2018 academic year, Brighton Marine realigned its scholarship to East Boston High School JROTC. The scholarship assists awardees in achieving further success as they continued their education after high school graduation.
Arthur Berg started with Brighton Marine Health Center, Inc. (then known as Brighton Marine Public Hospital) in 1975 after serving in the Navy. The military gave Arthur the discipline and character to work within the organization’s facilities department and eventually advance to direct the entire department over many successful years. His efforts and contributions helped to keep Brighton Marine, a non-profit organization, thriving.
The ideal candidate for this scholarship is expected to demonstrate the same notable characteristics as Arthur. Successful recipients demonstrate exceptional performance in JROTC, academics, community service and leadership.
Veteran service organizations will thrive in a co-working environment at Brighton Marine by sharing ideas and information as well as partnering on community events. This collaborative environment, with immediate proximity to our planned 100-unit veteran-preference affordable housing, will create a one-of-a-kind environment for families of transitioning service members and veterans.
1. Organizations & Events
Through various partnerships, Brighton Marine supports and organizes community events for both the local and veteran communities. Organizations are allowed use of our Conference Rooms for various community meetings, special events and non-profit fundraisers. We routinely participate in and sponsor community cleaning events such as Boston Shines and the Fall Cleaning and Planting event in partnership with Brighton Main Streets.
2. Community Services
Our staff volunteers support such initiatives as Operation Thank a Vet, Service 9/11 sponsored by Mass Military Heroes, Allston Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force Annual Gala and Walk for Recovery, Adopt a Hero Square, The Mayor’s Annual Welcome Home Breakfast, and holds quarterly Blood Drives with the America Red Cross quarterly in honor of BPD, District 14.
3. Commercial Real Estate
We are recruiting organizations that provide direct and positive impact to veterans and their family members, to join a unique co-working movement in Boston. Our goal is to create a hub of non-profit, government and corporate services that will make it easier for military, veterans and their families to find information, access benefits and get the assistance that is impactful to their everyday lives.
4. Commercial Property Management
Brighton Marine currently owns and manages six buildings on our campus located at 77 Warren Street in Brighton.