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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.
2nd Annual City of Presidents 5K Road Race Official Results:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that 2nd Annual City of Presidents 5K Road Race Official Results is now available to open for the public to check out at anytime throughout the day and night which it would be very important for you to keep the records at all times in the future reference as needed.
The 2nd Annual City of Presidents 5K Road Race have been turned out to be a great day for the City of Quincy to bring with a bright sunshine and blue skies in the order to enjoy the weather!
Special Thanks to:
* Mayor Thomas P. Koch and The City of Quincy
* Quincy Public Schools
* Quincy Park Department
* Quincy Recreation Department
* Quincy Department of Public Works
* Quincy Police Department
* Quincy Fire Department
* Brewster Ambulance
* Blue Cross Blue Shields of Massachusetts
* Stop & Shop Supermarket
* Quincy Parks Conservancy
* Quincy Access Television
* Eastern Bank
* TD Bank
* Granite Medical Group
On the behalf for the City of Presidents 5K Road Race Committee would like to thank you for the registering and coming at Adams Field on your busy schedule here in the City of Quincy.
Congratulations to all of the athletes who are already participated for the 2nd Annual City of Presidents 5K Road Race at Adams Field!!! Please take your time to check out your 2015 official race results: Click Here.
The City of Quincy will return for the 3rd Annual City of Presidents 5K Road Race in the next fall of 2016 season!
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.
Adams Green Construction Update:
Construction Activities for the week of: Sunday, September 20, 2015
* A.R. Belli will be working at the intersection of Coddington Street and Washington Street. They will also be installing bricks on Hancock Street.
* Work will continue on Cottage Avenue and Chestnut Street with underground utility installations. There will be lane restrictions and road closures in these areas.
* Dellbrook (West of Chestnut Project) will be erecting steel and wood trusses on their parcel this week.
* National Grid Electric and Gas and Verizon will be working in various locations.
* In the upcoming weeks, there will be full depth excavation of the roadway between Subway and Acapulco's on Hancock Street. There will be milling in the intersection of Hancock Street at Granite Street, Chestnut Street and Maple Street.
To receive project updates on the Adams Green Construction:
* Follow City of Quincy on Twitter: @CityofQuincy
* Follow Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Twitter: @MassDOT
* Follow MBTA on Twitter: @MBTA (traffic update on the buses)
* Follow Jimmy Hui, Public Safety Officer to City Solicitor Jim Timmins on Twitter: @jimmyhuiquincy
Questions or Concerns on Adams Green Construction:
Tom Russo from Woodward & Curran: (617) 910-7847 or e-mail: email@example.com
Mayor's Office: (617) 376-1990
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. during the business hours of operations
* Chris Walker: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Katie Conso: email@example.com
* Kristen Powers: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Tom Fabrizio: email@example.com
* Betty Yau (Asian Services): (617) 376-1928 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Larry Liuzzo: email@example.com
* Jim Fatseas (Acting Planning Director): firstname.lastname@example.org
MBTA: (617) 222-3200
Opens during the weekdays and weekends only for any bus services such as: #214, #216, #220, #221 and #222.
First $1 Million in Federal Assistance Provided to the Commonwealth for January Blizzard:
Press Release from: Federal Emergency Management Agency | Release #: 4214-003
Bourne, MA: State and federal officials announce the first $1 million in federal assistance has been delivered to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help cover the costs of the severe winter storm, snowstorm and flooding on January 26-28, 2015.
The major disaster declaration issued by the President Barack Obama for this severe winter storm provides federal disaster funding for certain costs associated with emergency services provided during the storm and repairing damage to buildings and other infrastructure in Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester Counties. Additionally, federal disaster funds are being made available in the same countries (with the exception of Nantucket County) to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible costs of plowing and clearing snow for a 48 hour period.
"With winter just around the corner, the delivery of federal aid for last season's historic snowfall and freezing temperatures, will provide critical assistance for state agencies, public transit, non-profits and our cities and town," said Governor Charlie Baker. "The diligent work of our emergency management officials in partnership with those impacted by this severe winter, will ensure relief as recovery, repair and future resiliency efforts continue."
Under this disaster declaration, Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) public assistance programs will reimburse state and local governments, tribal, and eligible private non-profit organizations, in the designated counties, certain costs associated with emergency response, damage to buildings and infrastructure, and plowing and clearing of snow for a 48 hour period. Projections indicate eligible costs may exceed $150 million, of which FEMA will reimburse 75 percent of the approved cost.
"Due to the extraordinary nature of the winter storm and its costs, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) along with the FEMA are working tirelessly to maximize federal disaster assistance to eligible applicants," said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.
"FEMA continues to support the Commonwealth to ensure that applicants receive all of the assistance for which they are eligible," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mark Landry. "Funding for hazard mitigation efforts, statewide, is also available." Hazard mitigation funding is for cost-effective measures that would prevent or reduce the threat of future damages.
The Commonwealth, which distributes the FEMA funds to local governments and qualified non-profits, must review public assistance projects, along with FEMA, to ensure compliance with regulations.
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:
Governor Charlie Baker Enlists State's Medical Schools In Combating Opioid Epidemic
First-in-the-nation efforts aims to educate all medical students on pain management and safe opioid prescribing methods
Boston, MA -- In an effort to arm the next generation of doctors with the tools to curb the opioid epidemic, Governor Charlie Baker met with the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Deans from four medical schools today to discuss opportunities for enhancing curriculum and establishing cross-institutional best practices in pain management and safe prescribing of opioids.
"The avenue prescription pain pills can provide to addiction and heroin use further stresses the need for advancing safe and responsible prescribing methods in the medical community," said Governor Charlie Baker. "I am proud that the leaders of the major medical schools here today are committed to working collaboratively with us and each other to review the existing curricula for medical students around safe prescribing and proper use in order to begin curbing this public health epidemic."
Providing doctors additional training on opioids was part of the comprehensive set of 65 recommendations released in June by the Governor's Opioid Working Group. The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) has been a strong partner, leading the way in reviewing best practices for opioid prescribing.
"Massachusetts is home to the best medical care in the world. We are a national leader of cutting-edge diagnostics and innovative technologies to treat complex conditions," said MMS President Dennis M. Dimitri, M.D. With this collaboration by four major medical schools, we are again setting a new standard -- this time for giving our young medical students and residents enhanced education to manage pain properly, while identifying addictive behaviors and getting patients into treatment, when needed."
The four medical institutions -- University of Massachusetts Medical School; Harvard Medical School; Boston University School of Medicine; and Tufts University School of Medicine -- instruct about 3,000 medical students per year. With today's first meeting, attendees agreed to continue towards making recommendations regarding identified best practices, curricula enhancements, and opportunities for public/private, cross-institutional collaboration.
"Whether they aspire to be a primary care physician, emergency physician or a surgeon, participating in this type of training early on gets them thinking about the importance of pain management for their patients as well as the importance of choosing the right pain management tool," said DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel, M.D. of Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
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.
Massachusetts Department of Transportation: Motor Vehicle Law:
The MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles and Highway Divisions, along with the Massachusetts State Police Department, advised motorists of a new law taking effect on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 requiring the use of headlights and taillights on motor vehicles during inclement weather and when windshields wipers are in use. The law is intended to increase safety and visibility of vehicles on the Commonwealth's roadway.
The changes to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 85, Section 15, signed into law in January, require that front and rear motor vehicle lights be activated in all of the following conditions:
* When windshield wipers are on.
* When low light or weather conditions prevent other vehicles or persons from being seen at 500 feet.
* From 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.
Relying on daytime running lights for these conditions is not sufficient under the law. A violation of this law is considered a surcharge minor motor vehicle traffic law violation for insurance purposes.
For more information on the Safe Driver Insurance Plan and insurance surcharge information, please visit the Registry of Motor Vehicle's Merit Rating Board: CLICK HERE.
MBTA Red Line Service Advisory Alert:
Branches Affected: Braintree
* Saturday, October 10, 2015 and Sunday, October 11, 2015
Buses replacing Red Line service between JFK/UMass Station and Quincy Center Station from start to end service.
Start of day Saturday, October 10, 2015 until end of day Sunday, October 11, 2015
Due to crews perfoming 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 during the following weekends.
Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on Monday, October 12, 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
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
Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2015 Mayoral Election Calendar:
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Quincy Department of Public Works: Street Sweeping Schedule 2015:
Fall Street Sweeping:
Ward 1 and Ward 2: Monday, November 9, 2015 through Friday, November 13, 2015
Ward 3 and Ward 4: Monday, November 16, 2015 through Friday, November 20, 2015
Ward 5 and Ward 6: Monday, November 23, 2015 through Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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