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CMPDD Releases The Proposed 2045 Long-Range Metropolitan Transportation Plan by 10-30-2020

After a two-year planning process, CMPDD is pleased to announce the release of the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO’s) Proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.  Metropolitan Planning Organizations, like the Jackson MPO, are required by Federal law to update their long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan at least every five years. 

The 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan is a comprehensive blueprint of the region’s transportation system needs over the next 25 years for Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties.  The plan analyzes existing transportation infrastructure and seeks to forecast changes in the region to identify transportation improvements needed to keep people and goods moving smoothly.  The plan addresses all aspects of the transportation system including road conditions, traffic congestion, safety, freight movement, non-motorized transportation, and public transit.  The plan also identifies a financially feasible list of proposed improvements to be implemented over the next 25 years. 

Financial projections show that .43 billion is expected to be available in transportation funding from local, state, and federal sources over the next 25 years for roadway projects.  Federal grant funds awarded by the Jackson MPO cannot be used for local transportation projects unless they are first identified as a need in the region’s long-range plan. 

The proposed plan consists of two main components the Executive Summary and seven Technical Reports which are available for review on CMPDD’s website; http://cmpdd.org/transportation/2045-metropolitan-transportation-plan/.  The Executive Summary is also available in an interactive story map format. 

The plan was released for public comment on September 19th, and the comment period will remain open through November 2, 2020.  After consideration of all comments received during the public comment period the Jackson MPO will consider adopting the proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan during its November meeting.  Once approved, the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation plan will help guide future transportation projects and initiatives in the region over the next five years. 

The proposed document represents months of work and was developed in collaboration with MPO Committee members, the MS Department of Transportation, transportation stakeholders, and the general public.  For more information please contact Lesley Callender at lcallender@cmpdd.org to learn more about the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization’s transportation planning process.

CMPDD’s Medicaid Waiver Program Update by 10-30-2020

The Elderly & Disabled Medicaid Waiver (E&D Waiver) is a statewide program designed to provide in-home assistance to qualified Medicaid beneficiaries. Beneficiaries must be 21 years of age or older. They must qualify by either SSI Medicaid or 300% of SSI Medicaid. They must require assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, eating, ambulation, and/or transferring; or instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) such as laundry, light housekeeping, errands, and/or assistance on community outings. Registered Nurses and Licensed Social Workers work together as a team to case manage Medicaid eligible beneficiaries.

Effective July 1, 2020, CMPDD received an increase in Medicaid Waiver slot allotment from 2,400 to 2,674 slots. This higher allotment was based on the increased request for home and community-based services. It was granted by the Division of Medicaid. The District will be allowed to serve 2,674 clients in our seven-county service area. Additional case management teams will be hired to accommodate the increase in total slot allotment. This will allow 274 more beneficiaries the opportunity to enroll in the E&D Waiver program in efforts to prevent or delay institutionalization.

To remain in compliance with all state and federal guidelines and safety precautions during the Covid-19 pandemic, Medicaid Waiver Case Managers continue to conduct monthly case management contacts with their clients via telephone, or other virtual/video conference methods. These exceptional methods of contact are utilized under the direction of the Division of Medicaid. Case Managers also conduct face-to-face, in-home visits as necessary while utilizing all Covid-19 safety precautions. The face-to-face, in-home visits are necessary:

  • If the client is unable to be contacted by telephone or virtually
  • If the client is unable to communicate by telephone or virtually
  • If the client has unmet needs that cannot be adequately addressed by telephone or virtually
  • If the Case Manager has identified or received a report of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of the client
  • If the initial or transfer assessment and application packet is needed.

For more information on Elderly & Disabled Waiver services, please contact CMPDD’s Mississippi Access to Care (MAC) Center at 1-844-822-4622. Or contact Teresa Burrell-Shoto, RN, Case Management Director at 601-855-5914 or tburrell@cmpdd.org. Individuals who own an agency seeking to become a Medicaid Waiver service provider should contact the Division of Medicaid, Long-Term Care Bureau at 601-359-6141.

Medicare Open Enrollment Virtual Workshop by 10-30-2020

The District’s State Health Insurance Program hosted its first virtual Medicare Open Enrollment workshop on September 22, 2020. Eating well, exercising regularly, and selecting the right health care coverage are all a part of living a healthy lifestyle. Knowing the basics of how Medicare works can help seniors navigate through the various advantage plans and understand the programs traditional benefits and expenses. It’s a critical period for seniors, because open enrollment allows them to shop around for plans and compare coverage options. Workshop presenters from the Social Security Administration and the Mississippi Division of Medicaid shared valuable information and the advantages of low-income assistance programs. Counselors provided an extensive overview on Medicare coverage which created an engaging and exciting opportunity for participants to ask questions while receiving assistance and tips on how to maneuver the Medicare maze. Open enrollment starts on October 15, 2020, through December 7, 2020, and Insurance Counselors will be available to assist beneficiaries individually with free unbiased counseling and educational services. Seniors are encouraged to use this time to determine if there are plans better suited to meet their needs and/or save them money.

For more information, contact a SHIP Insurance Counselor at 601-981-1516 or 1-844-822-4622.

CMPDD is accepting comments on the long-range 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan by 09-21-2020

After a 2-year planning process, the Central MS Planning and Development District (CMPDD) is pleased to release the proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan for public review and comment.  The comment period will remain open through November 2, 2020. 

The 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan is a required planning document that reflects a comprehensive blueprint of the Jackson Urbanized Area’s transportation system needs over the next 25-years.  The Plan analyzes existing transportation infrastructure and seeks to forecast changes in the region to identify transportation improvements needed to keep people and goods moving smoothly.  The Plan also identifies a financially feasible list of proposed improvements to be implemented over the next twenty-five years.   The proposed plan is available for review on CMPDD’s website.

The proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan will be considered for adoption by the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization during its November meeting.  The public is invited to submit comments to CMPDD by mail, phone, email, or electronic comment card by November 2, 2020.   All comments received during the comment period will be considered prior to any actions taken to adopt the plan.  Once approved, the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan will help to guide future transportation projects and initiatives in the region over the next five years.  

Ways to Submit Comments:

Email:  mpo@cmpdd.org              Phone: (601)981-1511

Mail:      Central MS Planning and Development District
                2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan
                P.O. Box 4935
                Jackson, MS 39296-4935

Electronic Comment Card:  http://cmpdd.org/comments/

For more details or questions, contact Lesley Callender at (601) 981-1511 or mpo@cmpdd.org.

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