Medical Review Team Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs

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Contact Information

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs
Contact: Dr. Katja Gerhardt, MPH , Complex Care Director, MRT Coordinator
Email Address: Katja.Gerhardt@Massmail.State.MA.US
Phone: 978-851-7261 x4022

365 East Street, DPH Northeast Regional Health Office Tewksbury, MA 01876
Area Served: Northeast

Map Location Medical Review Team


The Medical Review Team (MRT) ensures careful screening of children and youth under age 22 for whom placement is sought in a pediatric nursing home or skilled nursing facility for long term care, short term care (90 days/year), and short term post-hospital admission.  Youth and young adults (ages 16-22) with skilled care needs, acquired brain injury (ABI), or traumatic brain injury (TBI), are also reviewed by the MRT for placement in a pediatric or adult facility. 


The Department of Public Health, like other Massachusetts human service agencies, works with families to promote high quality community-based services for children and adolescents with special health care needs.  However, when a child or adolescent fits strict medical and developmental criteria, the MRT may determine that nursing home placement is appropriate.


The MRT's target population is children and youth between the ages of birth and 22, with multiple disabilities and significant cognitive impairments, who require skilled nursing care and/or intensive therapeutic treatment and habilitative interventions on a 24 hour per day basis.

Service Types

  • Nursing

Program Type

  • Health Care
  • Medical
  • Respite

Populations Served

  • All Disabilities
  • Multiple Disability
  • Physical Disabilities

Ages Served

  • Birth to 3
  • 3 - 4
  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22

Accessibility Features

  • Able to serve clients in their wheelchair
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Elevators
  • Medical Needs
  • Wheelchair Ramps

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service
  • Licensed By: MDPH