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Governor Baker, DCF, Union Announce New Intake and Supervisor Policies:
Procedures Designed To Meet Core Mission Of Keeping Children Safe
Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker stood with administrators and front-line workers from the Department of Children and Families to announce major changes to DCF policies and practices to focused on ensuring the safety of children in the Commonwealth's child welfare system. The new Intake Policy substantially updates and clarifies protocols for DCF's screening and investigation of reports of abuse or neglect. The changes also include a first ever Supervision Policy designed to support DCF front-line workers in decision-making and to identify circumstances where cases need to be elevated for collaborative higher-level review. Preparation for training on the two policies will begin immediately with a full, statewide implementation commencing on February 1st.
"The new intake and supervisor policies that DCF is announcing today represent the first step in a much needed systemic reform of DCF policies and practices," said Governor Charlie Baker. "These new policies provide the framework for DCF to be responsive and accountable in its mission to protect every child we serve in every way we can."
"With these policies, we are giving our workers a standardized playbook for case-practice, decision making, and oversight," said Marylou Sudders, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. "Intake will be faster and more consistent, and there will be collaboration on cases with supervisors and managers so case do not fall through the cracks."
"Having clear and consistent guidelines around clinical practice will allow the agency to tighten its focus around keeping children safe," said Linda Spears, Commissioner of Department of Children and Families. "The introduction of the supervisor policy is extremely timely in that it ensures workers will have the support they need for the implementation of the revised intake policy also announced today."
"For years, front-line child protection workers have called for safer caseloads, clear policies and consistent oversight practices that are so vital to the work we do," said Social Work Supervisor Peter MacKinnon, DCF Chapter President of SEIU Local 509. "While addressing the caseload crisis remains a top priority, these reforms mark an important first step in our shared effort to bring common sense, safety-focused approach to the Department of Children & Families."
The Protection Intake Policy creates a comprehensive set of procedures to guide the department's review and investigation of reports of abuse or neglect. It has been 30 years since the intake policy was initially written. Details of the new policy include:
* Requires non-emergency reports of abuse and neglect to be reviewed and screened in or out in one business day -- reduced from three days previously. Emergency reports continue to require an immediate screening decision and an investigator response within 2 hours.
* Introduces screening teams comprised of social workers, supervisors, and managers in all 29 area offices charged with reviewing new reports of abuse or neglect in open cases, reports of three or more separate incidents in the past 12 months, and other reports indicating reasons for elevated concern.
* Mandates review of all information about the child and caregiver's prior DCF involvement and review of any comparable information available from child welfare agencies in other states, including cases in which a parent has previously lost custody of child.
* Requires CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information), SORI (Sexual offender Record Information), and national criminal history database checks of parents/caregivers and all household members over 15 years old.
* Requires requests from law enforcement for information on 911 calls and police responses to the residence of any child or family involved in a report of abuse or neglect.
* Creates a single child protection response to all screened in reports that eliminates the practice of tiered or "differential response" at screening. All reports that are screened in will now be assigned for a response by an Investigation Trained Response Worker. The revised policy places decision-making regarding the appropriate level of department intervention after the response -- the point at which the Department has interviewed the child and caregiver involved and substantially investigated the report of abuse or neglect.
* As with the current policy, requires Response Workers to interview parents, caregivers and other children in the home as well as the person allegedly responsible for the abuse or neglect.
* Enables Response Workers, for the first time, to search online sources for information relevant to assessing child safety.
* Includes an assessment of parental capacity by evaluating whether the parent understands how to keep the child safe, uses appropriate discipline methods and provides for the family's basic needs, among other criteria.
* Mandates use of the Department's Risk Assessment Tool to assess potential future risks to the child's safety.
The Supervisor Policy is the first in DCF's history. It strengths the Department's efforts to support social workers in their efforts to keep children safe by defining the required elements of supervision, and identifying practice areas that require special attention such as understanding parental history or present risk factors such as substance use, mental health challenges or domestic violence. Highlights include:
* Each social worker will receive one hour per week of individual supervision and one hour per month of group supervision. Every case must be discussed at least once a month, which promotes more collaborative case management. These requirements are in addition to urgent and as needed guidance on case activities.
* The policy clarifies circumstances that require supervisors to seek assistance from Department managers, attorneys, or clinical specialists for collaborative review of complex cases. Examples such circumstances include conflicting views between social workers and supervisors; situations in which there is conflicting information from department staff, service providers, and other professionals involved with family; and cases involving infants born to parents with children currently in Department custody or to parents whose paternal rights have been previously terminated.
The need for an updated Intake Policy and a Supervisor Policy were part of an overall call for systemic reform at DCF first announced September 28, 2015. The Department continues to recruit social workers, supervisors, and other key staff to help support on-going reform. The reforms also include reestablishing the Central Massachusetts Regional Office of DCF around January 1, 2016, reducing backlogs for foster home applicants, and other policy updates which will be complete by March of 2016.
Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2015 Mayoral Election Results:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Quincy's Election Headquarters have an official 2015 mayoral election results on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 where the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens of Quincy, elected officials and the candidate contenders were already cast their vote on the ballot at the polling stations all across the citywide here in the City of Quincy.
The winners are currently running for the public office to serve as role of: Mayor, Councilor-At-Large, Ward 1 City Councilor, Ward 2 City Councilor, Ward 3 City Councilor, Ward 4 City Councilor, Ward 5 City Councilor, Ward 6 City Councilor and School Committee to advances into the inaugural ceremony in the next two months from now until in the month of January 2016 right here in the City of Quincy.
Here's the 2015 mayoral election results: Tuesday, November 3, 2015:
|Name||Total of %||Total of Votes|
|*Thomas P. Koch||56%||12,425|
|William J. Phelan||44%||9,615|
|Name||Total of %||Total of Votes|
|*Joseph G. Finn||22%||9,851|
|*Noel T. DiBona||21%||9,493|
|Michael E. McFarland||19%||8,611|
|David F. McCarthy||17%||7,881|
Ward 1 City Councilor:
|Name||Total of %||Total of Votes|
|*Margaret E. LaForest||65%||2,945|
Ward 2 City Councilor:
|Name||Total of %||Total of Votes|
|*Brad L. Croall||73%||2,088|
|James M. Connors||27%||783|
Ward 3 City Councilor: (Kevin F. Coughlin's Vacant Seat)
|Name||Total of %||Total of Votes|
|*Ian C. Cain||56%||1,968|
Ward 4 City Councilor: (No Opponent)
|Name||Total of %||Total of Votes|
|*Brian D. Palmucci||100%||2,330|
Ward 5 City Councilor:
|Name||Total of %||Total of Votes|
|*Kirsten L. Hughes||67%||2,325|
Ward 6 City Councilor:
|Name||Total of %||Total of Votes|
|*Brian F. McNamee||59%||2,243|
|Name||Total of %||Total of Votes|
|*Paul L. Bregoli||33%||12,264|
|*Kathryn E. Hubley||32%||11,996|
|*James V. DeAmicis||23%||8,441|
|Emily Lebo (Write-In)||12%||4,290|
*=Winner advances into the inaugural ceremony on January 4, 2016.
The Quincy's Election Headquarters would like to extend with a full congratulations to the candidate contenders: Mayor Thomas P. Koch, City Councilor President Joseph G. Finn, Councilor-At-Large (Elect) Nina Liang, School Committee Member Noel T. DiBona, Ward 1 City Councilor Margaret E. LaForest, Ward 2 City Councilor Brad L. Croall, Ward 3 City Councilor (Elect) Ian C. Cain, Ward 4 City Councilor Brian D. Palmucci, Ward 5 City Councilor Kirsten L. Hughes, Ward 6 City Councilor Brian F. McNamee, Vice Chairwoman of School Committee Kathryn E. Hubley, School Committee Paul L. Bregoli and School Committee (Elect) James V. DeAmicis in the order for the 2015 mayoral election here in the City of Quincy.
MBTA Weather Winter Information:
During Severe Weather, the MBTA may operate reduced service schedules.
The MBTA works year-round to prepare for harsh winter weather. Our crews work to weatherize equipment and facilities to keep you moving when winter weather occurs. During inclement weather, check MBTA.com regularly for information on service impacts and delays.
During routine winter weather, including cold and moderate snow, the MBTA will operate regular schedules. In some instances, we may operate buses on snow routes or have minor delays. Remember to check service alerts regularly for updates.
When Severe Weather Hits:
This year, the MBTA will operate reduced service when severe winter weather hits. Check MBTA.com regularly to determine whether severe weather service plans are in place.
Full Service details for each mode are as follows:
The Red Line may operate at reduced levels, resulting in less frequent service.
During severe weather, commuter rail may operate on Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules. To determine if your route is operating on a Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules, check MBTA.com or media reports regularly for updates.
Commuter Rail Severe Weather Service Schedules are as follows: Kingston/Plymouth Line
Some bus routes may operate at reduced levels, resulting in less frequent service. Some bus routes, especially those located hills or narrows streets, may operate on "Snow Routes."
Full listings of buses with snow routes:
Bus Route 211:
Route ends at East Squantum Street at Dorchester Street and Omits Huckins Avenue, Bellevue Road and Dorchester Street.
Bus Route 222:
Omits Church Street and Essex Street. Walk to North Street or Middle Street for service.
Bus Route 236:
Omits Commercial Street, Elm Street and Franklin Street South of Independence Avenue. Use stops on Middle Street or flag bus on Independence Avenue or Church Street.
Bus Route 245:
Omits Hospital Hill (Quincy Medical Center) and Whitwell Street. No stops between Quincy Center Station and Granite Street.
During severe weather, commuter boats may operate reduced service. Check T-Alerts regularly for service updates and information.
During inclement weather, The Ride strongly recommends that you check with your contractor directly as service may curtailed and customers should expect delays.
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Kenneth Green named as MBTA Transit Police Chief:
Boston, MA -- MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola today announced that he has selected Acting MBTA Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green to serve in the position permanently.
"I am very pleased to make this announcement today," said DePaola. "Policing in a public transit environment poses unique challenges, and I strongly believe that Chief Green's 26 years of MBTA experience will serve him well in this critical leadership role."
Governor Charlie Baker commended the selection of Chief Green, and stressed the importance of choosing a respected law enforcement professional with decades of community policing experience.
"The only thing more important than a reliable public transit system is a safe one," said Governor Baker. "As a Deputy Chief and Acting Chief, Ken Green has demonstrated the skills necessary to lead the Transit Police Department, and keep the MBTA safe for both riders and employees."
General Manager DePaola said the MBTA was fortunate to have a number of good candidates for Police chief, and that the screening and interview process was thorough. "Chief Green's knowledge of the transit system and strong relationships with the communities we serve made him the clear choice for the job," said DePaola.
Chief Green joined the 270-person MBTA Transit Police Department as a patrolman in 1991, after serving as a police officer for the Town of Winchester for eight years. As original member of the MBTA Transit Police SWAT team, Green was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2004 and to Lieutenant and Deputy Chief in 2012. He has been serving as Acting Chief since November 2014, when Chief Paul MacMillian retired.
"I am truly honored to lead the fine men and women of the Transit Police Department and serve the MBTA and the citizens of Massachusetts in this capacity," said Chief Green. "The votes of confidence from Governor Baker, Secretary Pollack, General Manager DePaola, respected elected officials and community members are humbling. I am committed to ensuring the safest transportation system possible and dedicated to the principles of community policing."
"The appointment of Kenneth Green as Chief is a huge victory for all those who value experience, champion diversity and advocate for effective, community conscious policing," said Attorney Michael Curry, President of the Boston NAACP. "It will be with great pride and a sense of permanence that we in the community can now refer to him as Chief Green!" Curry added: "This announcement comes on the heels of transformational changes happening in the leadership of law-enforcement in pockets across the country, including Boston. The inclusion of people of color and women at all levels helps to make us more effective at protecting and serving."
"There is no better person to take the reins of the MBTA Transit Police Department than Chief Kenneth Green," said Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. "Chief Green has nearly 25 years with the Transit Police, and has the knowledge and fortitude to move the department forward. Once again, the Baker Administration has shown great insight in appointing someone with the experience and ability to make necessary changes," concluded Senator Forry.
"We applaud the appointment of Chief Kenneth Green," said Rev. Miniard Culpepper, a member of Ministers In Action, and Regional Director of the Progressive National Baptist Association. "This appointment speaks volumes about the Baker Administration's commitment to a diverse state government workforce. Chief Green has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and we believe he's the most qualified to lead the MBTA Transit Police."
"The Baker Administration made a great choice in selecting Chief Green," said Step Representative Russell Holmes of Mattapan. "It shows the Administration's true commitment to selecting the best candidate for the job and staying true to their commitment of hiring a diverse workforce that reflects the Commonwealth."
"I am thrilled to learn that Kenneth Green will transition from acting to permanent MBTA Police Chief," Boston City Councilor-At-Large Ayanna Pressley said. "He has earned this appointment after years of dedicated service, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to community. I am especially encouraged by Chief Green's track record when it comes to his willingness to engage the community, even and especially when people are critical. I trust that under his leadership, we will see improvements, particularly in access, safety, and for our young people, because Chief Green shows his pride in the T daily by having the hard conversations and doing the tough work to achieve these reforms."
"Deputy Chief Green has been involved with various youth groups and has participated in several community-based collaborations and lectures. He has been recognized as the chief architect of the "THINK ABOUT IT FIRST" concept, an innovative strategy that has been duplicated nationally. The "THINK ABOUT IT FIRST" cards are given to youths who may be considering detrimental conduct. The cards list the consequences that may occur if a person is arrested, and how it would affect his/her life.
Chief Green holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. Chief Green will be formally sworn in at a later date.
Adams Green Construction Update:
Construction Activities for the week of: Monday, October 19, 2015
* A.R. Belli will be milling of the intersection at Hancock Street, Granite Street, Chestnut Street and Maple Street. Expect delays, detours and lane reductions in this area.
* Drainage and water line installations will be ongoing on Chestnut Street. Conduit work for National Grid will continue on Cottage Avenue. Lane restrictions and road closures will continue in this area.
* Work is ongoing for the West of Chestnut Project on Cottage Avenue and Hancock Street.
* The roadway in the front of the Old City Clerk's Office heading southbound on Hancock Street will be worked on Monday, October 19, 2015.
To receive project updates on the Adams Green Construction:
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Governor Baker Files Landmark Substance Use Legislation
Bill Boosts Opioid Education, Tightens Prescribing, and Adds Pathway to Treatment
Boston, MA -- Continuing the series of initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic, Governor Baker today unveiled legislation to provide medical personnel with the power to intervene with patients suffering from addiction, control the spread of addictive prescription opioids and increase education about substance use disorder (SUD) for providers and in the community. The bill, titled "An Act Relative to Substance Use Treatment, Education and Prevention," contains several additional provisions developed by the Governor's Opioid Working Group to address prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.
"Combating the opioid epidemic in the Commonwealth calls for a comprehensive approach, and filing today's landmark legislation is a critical step toward creating more effective treatment pathways and better controlling opioid prescribing practices for first-time patients," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Our administration has already implemented a series of the Working Group's recommendations to tackle this epidemic from every single, ranging from prevention to recovery support."
This bill calls for new requirements for practitioners, educators and communities and amends the civil commitment statute, section 35, to specific that women committed for substance use treatment may be sent to new secure treatment units approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) and ends the practice of sending women to MCI Framingham for treatment. Further, medical professionals will be granted the authority to involuntarily commit an individual for treatment for 72 hours if they pose a danger to themselves or others. Currently, individuals suffering from substance-use disorders can only be held for treatment through an order from the courts, which are not always in session, limiting access for families and patients in need of a 24 hour "front door" to treatment for a substance-related emergency.
To better control opioid prescribing practices, this legislation contains a prevision limiting patients to a 72-hour supply the first-time they are prescribed an opioid or when they are prescribed an opioid from a new doctor. Practitioners will also be required to always check the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) prior to prescribing an opioid to a patient, and will be required to fulfill five hours of training on pain management and addiction every two years.
"Our administration is utilizing every tool in the toolbox to fight the opioid crisis tainting every corner of the Commonwealth," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "Filing today's bill serves as the latest call to action to execute a dynamic strategy and we look forward to working with the legislature to enact meaningful laws to help our citizens."
Governor Baker and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders announced the landmark legislation at the State House press conference, joined by Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel and members of the Working Group, including Dr. Sarah Wakeman.
"Since the Working Group's Action Plan was made public in June, we have expanded treatment services, eliminated insurance barriers and worked to increase education for students, parents, and faculty, broadened public awareness of the crisis and expanded access to life-saving Narcan," said Secretary Marylou Sudders of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Chair of the Opioid Working Group. "This legislation will allow us to continue progress in order to bend the trend of overdoes and addiction that is devastating individuals, families and our communities."
"Addiction is a disease that is caused by a mix of genetics and exposure," said Dr. Sarah Wakeman, a member of the Opioid Working Group. "As physicians, legislators and community members, we cannot change people's genetics but we can begin to work on the exposures that leave individuals vulnerable to this deadly disease."
In June, the 18-member Working Group released 65 recommendations, including short and long term actions items, to be implemented over the next three years. While some require legislative action, other reforms require funding or can be achieved through partnerships with private industry and federal leaders.
Already, the Baker-Polito Administration signed a budget to allocate more than $114 million in spending for substance misuse prevention, education and treatment, increased bulk purchasing of Narcan in municipalities and changed reporting requirements for the Prescription Monitoring Program from 7 days to 24 hours. Further, 113 treatment beds have opened in six communities (Quincy, Princeton, New Bedford, Boston, Westborough and Fall River) with more expected in Greenfield this winter. The administration named a Drug Formulary Commission to look at the safety, effectiveness and cost of abuse deterrent pain medications, met with the Mass Medical Society and state medical deans and issued best practices guidelines for opioid prescribing. In June, the administration also launched a series of multi-media public service announcements to warn the Commonwealth of opioid use, and plans to unveil a new public campaign to tackle the stigma of addiction soon.
A full update on the Governor's Opioid Working Group progress can be found at: www.mass.gov/stopaddiction.
Key Provisions In The Act Relative to Substance Use Treatment, Education and Prevention (STEP):
* Limits Prescribing Practices for First-Time Opioid Prescriptions:
~ The first time a patient obtains a prescription for an opioid or when they see a new doctor, the patient will be limited to a 72-hour supply.
~ This section provides an exception for emergency situations and permits the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to identify additional exceptions to the 72-hour limit.
* Allows Clinicians to Treat and Assess Patients for 72-hours:
~ Creates a new pathway for treatment of individuals with substance use order by allowing clinicians to retain a patient for 72-hours so they can attempt to engage the patient in voluntary treatment or seek court ordered involuntary treatment.
~ Instead of limiting the "front door" to obtain involuntary treatment for a substance use disorder to the court system, the bill makes hospitals as a new "front door" that can provide access to involuntary emergency treatment for an initial 72-hour period. This provision parallels existing law that permits a 72-hour period of involuntary treatment where a physician determines that a person suffers from a mental illness and poses a serious risk of harm.
* Strengthens the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP): Requires every practitioner, including emergency room clinicians, to check the prescription monitoring program (PMP) prior to prescribing an opiate.
* Mandates Controlled Substance Training for Practitioners: Requires that practitioners who prescribe controlled substances receive five hours of training every two years related to effective pain management and the identification of patients at high risk for substance use disorder.
* Requires Educational Training on Substance Misuse for Coaches and Parents: All public schools subject to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association rules are required to provide training for parents, coaches, trainers and parent volunteers, physicians and nurses on the dangers of opioid use during the annual mandatory head injury safety training program.
* Amends the Civil Commitment Statue (Section 35 of Chapter 123 of the Massachusetts General Laws):
~ Removing the provision allowing the civil commitment of women to MCI-Framingham for substance disorder treatment.
~ Requiring the Massachusetts Department of Public Heath to identify for the court the facility where a bed is available for the treatment of an individual committed under section 35;
~ Expanding access to treatment beds by authorizing the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health to identify DMH licensed beds, with enhanced security comparable to that now maintained at the Men's Addiction Treatment Center, in Brockton, and the Women's Addiction Treatment Center, in New Bedford, that are available to treat individuals with a substance use disorder who have been committed under section 35;
~ Clarifying the executive branch's existing authority to transfer patients between facilities while the patient is committed under section 35 and receiving treatment services.
* Requires Insurers to File Opioid Management Policies: Mandates insurers regulated by the Division of Insurance (DOI) to file policies annually to encourage safe prescribing practices.
* Improve Access to Recovery High Schools: Recovery High Schools (RHS) provide a safe, sober and supportive learning environment for students who have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder. Currently, students attending a RHS do not receive funding from the Commonwealth to cover transportation costs. This act requires the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop a transportation plan for students who attend a recovery high school.
* Requires DMH and DPH to promulgate regulations related to the implementation of this act.
Governor Baker, Frontline Child Protection Workers Announce DCF Reforms:
System-Wide Reforms to Strengthen Child Protection Efforts
Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker, child protection workers and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) officials jointly announced system-wide reforms to Department policies and efforts to support frontline social workers and protect the Commonwealth's children. The reforms include new intake and supervisors policies for the first time in a decade, and the reestablishment of the DCF Central Regional Office.
"Systemic policy reforms are necessary to support the efforts of our social workers, supervisors and managers who are on the front lines protecting the Commonwealth's children," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Reducing caseloads, retaining and recruiting social workers and ensuring clear and concise policies for supervision and case management are all necessary to ensuring the agency is able to focus on its primary duty of keeping children safe. Our administration looks forward to working with House Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Rosenberg and the legislature on this important work moving forward."
Management and union leadership have agreed to enact several further reforms and recommendations that accelerate the implementation of key priorities from the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) report issued in May of 2014, in addition to action steps in the wake of recent tragedies involving the Department.
Governor Baker also requested an independent review of the recent Bella Bond case by the independent Office of the Child Advocate (OCA).
The 2014 CWLA report is the blueprint for change within the agency. The report's author, Linda Spears, was named by Governor Baker to lead DCF beginning in February 2015. Recommendations including Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background checks for foster homes, photo-documentation for all cases and those transferred between the offices and social workers, and new guidance for home visits have already been implemented.
"For years, social workers and investigators have called for meaningful reform and investment at DCF, but we've only seen attempts at quick fixes," said Social Worker Peter MacKinnon, DCF Chapter President of SEIU Local 509. "This is an unprecedented collaboration between frontline child protection workers and agency administrators. Working together, we will succeed in doing what has been necessary for so long -- making deep, systemic changes."
Among the reforms and changes announced today is the reinstatement of social work technician positions which will perform non-clinical support services, providing options for current DCF employees who have not yet become licensed. Since the licensing requirement was instituted for social workers last year, approximately 82% of workers have attained licensing, up from 50% when the law went into effect. These positions and the DCF Central Office were eliminated due to budget reductions in 2009.
"Social work technicians were an important resource providing non-clinical support such as a child's transportation to and from appointments," said Marylou Sudders, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. "Reinstating this position will allow licensed social workers to focus more on case management and the children under their supervision."
The Department will also augment efforts to increase the number of safe foster homes and families available to children by reducing the applicant backlog safely and efficiently. DCF will also work with the social service providers to renew applications in the interim as new foster home social workers are recruited and hired.
"We are always in need of families willing to foster children and are committed to reducing the backlog for those who have applied," said DCF Commissioner Linda Spears. "We look forward to partnering with the union and our social service providers in these efforts in order to ensure a thorough review and licensing process, and more strong families to care for children in need."
In addition to the changes announced today, the administration also reminded the public that all have a responsibility to assist in keeping children safe and if given reason to suspect a child is being abused or neglected, should report anonymously by calling the Child Protection Hotline at 1 (800) 792-5200.
New DCF Intake Policy:
The Department's intake policy covering the period of time from when an allegation of abuse or neglect is filed (51a) through the investigation, substantiation of a claim and opening of a case, has not been updated in 12 years. Through negotiations with SEIU Local 509 leadership already underway, the policy will be updated by November 17, 2015.
Reforms will include:
* Standardized risk assessment tools for social workers.
* CORI checks in all DCF cases (Currently used in approximately 70% of cases)
* Review of the entire family or household's prior or current involvement with DCF
* Review of frequency and type of emergency (9-1-1 calls) responses to the home
* Parental capacity assessment
New Supervisor Policy:
The new supervisor policy to be implemented by November 17, 2015 consistently across all DCF offices, will include detailed, mandated steps for case review and management support necessary to working with all families and especially those with complex conditions, ensuring all information about the family is understood and special consultation is provided for thorough understanding of a case and decisions to protect the children involved.
Examine All Complex Cases Within the Department:
Regional Directors began examining more complex in-home cases where there are multiple abuse reports. DCF directors will use a nationally developed child welfare continuous quality improvement (CQI) tool to assess several facets of cases including: safety, stability, placement needs, permanency, well-being, engagement of service providers, understanding of case situation and context.
Retention and Recruitment of Social Workers; Reinstating Technicians:
The stress of high caseloads at an average of 20.66:1 in July is cited as a primary reason for the loss of social workers and the Department continues to target an 18:1 average caseload. DCF management and union leadership will make a concerted effort to develop strategies for retention and recruitment of social workers by Fall of 2015, as the Department continues to hire new social workers with the $35.5 million increase provide in the Fiscal year 2016 budget. DCF will also work towards reinstating social work technicians, first eliminated due to budget reductions in 2009 and critical to providing non-clinical support for caseworkers and families.
Reestablishing the Central Massachusetts Regional Office:
Budget reductions in 2009 also forced the closing of DCF's Central MA Regional Office, resulting in the Western Office taking on more than 50% of the state geography and caseload. The Department will reinstate the Central Regional Office in Worcester by January 1, 2016, with managerial, administrative, legal, nursing and other staff to increase frontline workers' access to supervision and other support resources.
Reduce Backlog for Foster Home Applicants:
The Department initiate further efforts by this fall to meet the immediate needs for placing children in safe, caring foster homes, working with social service providers to review applicants and reduce the applicant backlog.
Other Reforms and Policy Updates:
The Department and union leadership by March of 2016, will also develop and implement a new Practice Model as well as policies around Ongoing Casework, Family Assessment and Service Planning, Case Closing and Coordination with service partners, Data Integration, and Foster Homes -- all reforms recommended by the CWLA Blueprint.
New Specialist Positions include: medical social workers statewide, Central Regional Director, Ombudsperson, Assistant Commissioner for Adoption and Foster Care, and Director of Strategic Initiatives.
Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2015 Mayoral Primary Election Results:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Quincy's Election Headquarters have an official primary election results on Thursday, September 24, 2015 where the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens of Quincy, elected officials and the candidate contenders were already cast their vote on the ballot at the polling stations all across the citywide here in the City of Quincy.
The winners are currently running for the Mayor, Ward 2 City Councilor and Ward 3 City Councilor on the primary election will be able to advances into the general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 to join with Ward 1 City Councilor, Ward 4 City Councilor, Ward 5 City Councilor, Ward 6 City Councilor, Councilor-at-Large and School Committee right here in the City of Quincy.
Elimination of each candidate contenders for the Mayor, Ward 2 City Councilor and Ward 3 City Councilor will not be qualified to go into the next round on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
Here's the 2015 mayoral primary election results: Thursday, September 24, 2015
|Name||Total of %||Total of Votes|
|*Thomas P. Koch||40.87%||6,670|
|*William J. Phelan||21.53%||3,154|
|Douglas S. Gutro||18.70%||3,066|
|Anne M. Mahoney||18.61%||3,037|
|Ward 2 City Councilor|
|Name||Total of %||Total of Votes|
|*Brad L. Croall||73.08%||1,426|
|*James M. Connors||21.19%||425|
|Ward 3 City Councilor (Kevin F. Coughlin's vacant seat)|
|Name||Total of %||Total of Votes|
*=Winner advances into the general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The Quincy's Election Headquarters would like to extend with a full congratulations to the candidate contenders: Mayor Thomas P. Koch, Former Mayor William J. Phelan, Ward 2 City Councilor Brad L. Croall, Ward 2 City Councilor Candidate James M. Connors, Ward 3 City Councilor Candidate Ian Cain and Ward 3 City Councilor Candidate Karl Roos in the order for their 2015 mayoral primary election here in the City of Quincy.
The next 2015 mayoral election coverage will be scheduled on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 same time and same locations all across the citywide here in the City of Quincy.
If You See Something, Say Something: 2015-2016 School Year:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that 2015-2016 school year have already started in the session throughout the semester here in the City of Quincy which it would be a great opportunity to work with our counterparts: Quincy Police Department, MBTA Transit Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Department and the Norfolk County Sheriff Department for the public safety, security and transportations all across the citywide to make sure that our students, families and staff at Quincy Public Schools are safe and sound.
The North Quincy Nights Strategic Response Unit will continue to work very closely with the Quincy Public Schools throughout the 2015-2016 school year starting from September 2015 through June 2016 right here in the City of Quincy.
This year, we are asking the students and families of the Quincy Public Schools should be remain on the alert and in the vigilant with your eyes and ears at all times to report for any suspiciously activities, behaviors and/or packages directly to the Quincy Police Department, MBTA Transit Police Department or Massachusetts State Police Department immediately.
Important Telephone Numbers:
Dial 911 with an emergency numbers: Quincy Fire Department, Quincy Police Department or Brewster Ambulance
MBTA Transit Police Department: (617) 222-1212
Quincy Police Department: (617) 479-1212
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact any one of them to provide with any assistance throughout the 2015-2016 school year here in the City of Quincy:
Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security & Transportation @ Quincy Public Schools:
(617) 984-8897 or (617) 504-5826 | E-mail: email@example.com
D.A.R.E. Officer Donald Sautter @ Quincy Police Department:
(617) 745-5735 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
D.A.R.E. Officer John Grazioso @ Quincy Police Department:
(617) 745-5735 | E-mail: email@example.com
School Resource Officer Gregg Hartnett @ Quincy Police Department:
School Resource Officer Benny Chin @ Quincy Police Department:
School Resource Officer Steve Burgio @ Quincy Police Department:
West of Chestnut Construction Update: Contractor Launches Project Website
Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance and developer Gate Residential have created a website for construction updates on the first phrase of downtown redevelopment, called "West of Chestnut," the mixed-use residential and retail development in the heart of downtown. Updates can be found here: CLICK HERE.
MBTA Red Line Service Advisory Alert:
Branches Affected: Braintree
* Saturday, December 5, 2015 and Sunday, December 6, 2015
Buses replacing Red Line service between JFK/UMass Station and Quincy Center Station from start to end service.
Start of day Saturday, December 5, 2015 until end of day Sunday, December 6, 2015
Due to crews performing necessary performing work as part of the Winter Resiliency Improvement Program, buses will replace Red Line trains between JFK/UMass and Quincy Center Stations in both directions from start to end of service.
Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on Monday, December 7, 2015. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.
Shuttling the following stops:
* JFK/UMass Station
* North Quincy Station
* Wollaston Station
* Quincy Center Station
Branches Affected: Ashmont / Braintree
* Saturday, December 12, 2015 and Sunday, December 13, 2015
Buses replacing Red Line service between Kendall/MIT Station and Park Street Station from start to end service.
Start of day Saturday, December 12, 2015 until end of day Sunday, December 13, 2015
Due to crews performing necessary performing work as part of the Longfellow Bridge Point, buses will replace Red Line trains between Kendall/MIT and Park Street Stations in both directions from start to end of service.
Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on Monday, December 14, 2015. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.
Shuttling the following stops:
* Kendall/MIT Station
* Charles/MGH Station
* Park Street Station
City of Quincy Winter Parking Rules Policy: October 15, 2015 - April 15, 2016:
* No Parking allowed on either side of Emergency Arteries during a Snow Emergency. Emergency Arteries are identified by signs.
* Residents on the side streets (not emergency arteries) are allowed to park on the ODD side of the street, this winter season.
* Overnight parking is a prohibited without a resident parking permit. Permits are available at the Quincy Police Department at (617) 479-1212.
* Vehicles in the violation of winter parking rules will be towed at owner's expense. Also, if your vehicle is hampering snow plowing operations (i.e. parked too close an intersection, etc.) it will be towed.
* The average tow fee is $125.00, plus cost of storage. No Exceptions can be made for the short-term (10-15 minutes) per parking.
* To find out if a snow emergency has been declared:
* Quincy Department of Public Works Snow Hotline: (617) 770-SNOW (617-770-7669) for a recording.
* Quincy Department of Public Works Snow Removal Operations Hotline: (617) 376-1927.
* Quincy Access Television: QATV Channel 8 or QATV Channel 11
School Closing Information:
Please do not call Quincy Public Schools or Transportation Office on the transportation issues for your child's school district such as private schools or public schools due to the weather permitting here in the City of Quincy or outside of the City of Quincy as well.
Quincy Public Schools parents and guardians, students, teachers and the employees should be encouraged to watch or listen their school cancellation update to find out if the school is open, closed, delay or canceled from the local television stations and radio stations.
If you're college student, please watch the local news station or listen local radio stations to find out if your college or university is open, closed, delay or cancellation in your communities during the weather permitting.
If the City of Quincy is declaring for the snow emergency or state of the emergency in this particular weather permitting.
|WBZ (CBS) Channel 4 & WSBK (MY) Channel 38||WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM|
|WCVB (ABC) Channel 5||WRKO 680 AM|
|WHDH (NBC) Channel 7 & WLVI (CW) Channel 56||WATDS 95.9 FM (South Shore)|
|WFXT (FOX) Channel 25||WTKK 96.9 FM|
Comcast Provider for the Quincy Residents:
Quincy Access Television Channel 8 or Quincy Education Access Television Channel 22
Boston Public Schools: Last Day of School 2015-2016:
Last Day of School
Class of 2016 Graduates (Senior Year @ BPS)
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Elementary School thru. High School (Grade 1-11)
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 (Day of 179)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (Day of 180)
|Wednesday, June 29, 2016*|
* = Subject to Change if the weather permitting.
Class of 2016 Graduation Information:
|Name of College:||Graduation Date:|
|Eastern Nazarene College||Saturday, May 7, 2016|
|Quincy College||Saturday, May 28, 2016|
|Quincy Public Schools:||Graduation Date:|
|Quincy High School||Monday, June 7, 2016|
|North Quincy High School||Tuesday, June 8, 2016|
|North Quincy High School||Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (Rain Date)|
|Quincy High School||Thursday, June 9, 2016 (Rain Date)|
Last Day of School and College 2015-2016 Calendar:
Name of College:
Last Day of College:
Eastern Nazarene College
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Quincy Public Schools:
Last Day of School:
Class of 2016 Graduates @ NQHS & QHS
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Elementary thru. High School (Grade 1-11)
Monday, June 20, 2016
|Monday, June 27, 2016* (5 days of snow make up)|
* = Subject to Change if the weather permitting.
Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2016 Presidential Election Calendar:
Presidential Primary Election:
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Quincy Public Schools Transportation Department: Telephone Directory:
The Quincy Public Schools is extremely encouraging the parents and guardians of Quincy students can contact their transportation service throughout the school year here in the City of Quincy and outside of the City of Quincy.
The transportation service will transport your child to school from home and from school to home safely throughout the school year from September through June.
* Quincy Public Schools Bus Yard: (617) 984-8784
* Quincy Public Schools Transportation Office: (617) 984-8964
* Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security & Transportation: (617) 984-8897 or (617) 504-5826
* Judy Todd, Director of Special Education: (617) 984-8743
* Braintree Basic: (781) 254-9797
* RAZ, Inc.: (781) 843-1200
* VHS: (800) 422-4146
* TLC: (781) 575-1414