CSBG Data T/TA Project Summaries FY 2010
State Exemplary Practices Projects Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families
Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP)
Massachusetts Association for Community Action
105 Chauncy Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: (617) 357-6086
Mr. Joseph Diamond, Executive Director
The Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) works with and on behalf of 24 member Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to provide support to low-income families and provide access to opportunities that will lead to self-sufficiency. MASSCAP has experience in successfully forming and leading research and evaluation projects.
Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds
MASSCAP will conduct a formal review to identify the “Community Action Access Points (CAAPS)” business model as an exemplary practice in coordination of benefits enrollment activities that can be replicated across the national Community Action Agency network. Three Massachusetts CAAs will field-test implementation of the CAAPS business model and an oversight team will analyze results of the CAAPS project to identify factors essential for success. Primary partners in this project include: Community Teamwork, Inc., Montachusetts Opportunity Council, Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc., and the Massachusetts Community Services Block Grant Office.
As a result of this project, five additional Massachusetts CAAs will adopt the CAAPS business model to create a seamless system of service delivery and improve the long-term outcomes for individuals receiving assistance. MASSCAP will develop and publish a CAAPS Replication and Sustainability Guide and Training Plan for expansion across the Massachusetts CAA network. The Association will design a CAAPS Workshop for training at national, State, regional and local CAA events. Six CAAPS training sessions will be conducted in Massachusetts and three sessions will be conducted at CAAs in other States.