Karen Williams, MSW, senior director of UMass Medical School’s Disability and Community Services, has been named to the Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc., board of directors.
In her position, Williams directs operations and program development for an array of long-term services and supports clinical activities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Williams works with state health and human services agencies that serve complex populations, overseeing myriad services, including clinical eligibility, Medicaid prior authorization, complex care coordination and provider network development and administration. Disability and Community Services is a unit with UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division.
Since joining UMass Medical School in 1999, Williams has developed solutions to complex operational and policy challenges for public clients, including overseeing the design and development of functional and clinical processes to assess home- and community-based waiver services for those transitioning from institutions to the community; developing a statewide comprehensive approach to care transitions from institutions to the community under the Money Follows the Person Demonstration; and developing person-centered care planning processes.
Williams has a master’s degree in social work from Boston University and a bachelor’s in recreation and parks management, with a concentration in therapeutic recreation and special populations, from California State University.
Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc., is a nonprofit agency offering community-based services to elders and individuals with disabilities in Worcester and 14 area communities.