Chandra Mathews-Smith assumes new VP role at Council on Aging

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Chandra Mathews-Smith
Chandra Mathews-Smith, COA's Vice-President of Operations for Medicaid services

Veteran social worker and human services leader Chandra Mathews-Smith has been promoted to Council on Aging Vice-President of Operations for Medicaid services. The position is a new one at Council on Aging (COA) and is designed for management of all the organization’s Medicaid lines of business. These include in-home care services that help low-income older adults and people with disabilities remain independent in their homes.

“I am elated to be part of an organization that has quality, effective and efficient service deliverables at the top of its list of commitments to our area seniors and disabled populations,” Mathews-Smith said.

In her new position, Mathews-Smith has responsibility for the implementation of Council on Aging’s role in MyCare Ohio. MyCare Ohio is a state demonstration project which seeks to integrate the different types of fragmented care needed by Ohio’s low income elderly and individuals with disabilities. The aim is to provide better care while reducing cost. Council on Aging provides care coordination for MyCare Ohio members via contracts with Aetna Better Health of Ohio, Inc. and Molina Healthcare of Ohio, Inc.

A resident of Anderson Township, Mathews-Smith is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and holds a master’s degree in social work. She worked as a consultant to COA for several years before joining the organization in 2013 as a health coach in the Care Transitions program, which helps seniors stay out of the hospital.

Mathews-Smith has more than 25 years of experience in the human services field including significant clinical experience. She enjoyed a long and successful career with Beech Acres Parenting Center, serving in a variety of capacities.

Operating as a large, multi-county nonprofit organization, COA has more than 40 years of experience as a planning, coordinating, and fiscal authority for federal, state, and local funds that serve seniors and people with disabilities. COA provides care management and home and community-based services to nearly 20,000 frail older adults. COA’s Aging and Disability Resource Center responds to nearly 40,000 inquiries annually.