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Human Service Workers Deserve a Fair Wage – Advocacy Letter

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

URGENT ADVOCACY ALERT   It is state budget season and Bridgewell needs your help. We are actively advocating for the state of Massachusetts to increase our funding so we can increase wages for our direct care staff. Governor Baker has allocated $230 million to Chapter 257, the budget line item that funds our services. Along with other community-based human services...

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Advocacy Alert: American Rescue Plan Act Funds

Thursday, September 30, 2021

We need your help – strength in numbers. Last week, Collaborative members presented testimony to the committee on our three-pronged funding proposal for American Rescue Plan Act funds, which includes: $174 million per year over five years for funding to support recruitment/retention initiatives in the human services workforce $27 million over five years for a student loan repayment program; and...

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Legislative Breakfast – Caring for Those Who Care

Monday, September 30, 2019

On September 27, at Peabody City Hall, community members from Bridgewell, Centerboard, Key Program, LifeLinks, Class, NFI Massachusetts, Northeast Arc and Wayside hosted the Northeast Human Service Advocacy Legislative Breakfast: Caring for Those Who Care. The breakfast discussed the pay inequity in the community-based human services sector between state and private workers. An entry-level state social worker with a bachelor’s degree...

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Caring for People Who Care – Dan Nadeau’s Testimonal

Monday, September 30, 2019

Good morning.  Thank you for allowing me to speak today and share my experiences and views on the negative effect of the significant wage gap between public and private sector employees doing the same work. My name is Dan Nadeau, and I have been in the field for 21 years, exclusively in the private sector, working with developmentally and intellectually...

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Autism Awareness Month

Monday, April 1, 2019

April is Autism Awareness Month and today is World Autism Awareness Day! Learn more about Bridgewell’s Autism Services: http://ow.ly/GRjP50oLj8G

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Bridgewell Self Advocates Attend SABE

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the nation’s self-advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that they are given the same choices, rights, responsibilities, and chances to speak up to empower themselves, opportunities to make new friends and to learn from their mistakes. Bridgewell self-advocates Dianna, Flo, Justin and Bill attended the...

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What is Stigma?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

From the National Alliance on Mental Illness: People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and even discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult. Stigma is when someone, or you yourself, views you in a negative way because you have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as shame that can be felt...

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Bridgewell Proud Member of ABH

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

For over 30 years, the Association for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH) has been the leading advocacy organization in Massachusetts’ mental health and addiction services arena. Fighting for high-quality, community-based care for families and individuals with mental illness, addiction and substance-use disorders, ABH provides leadership and statewide coordination on important public policy, financing, preferred clinical models and quality assurance issues. ABH is...

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Legalizing Recreational Marijuana: Think Before You Vote

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

By Mark S. Kennard, Executive Director of Project COPE Featured in Lynn Daily Item on November 2, 2016. Voters have a critical decision this November on whether to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts.  Even those who advocate for the use of marijuana for medical purposes should carefully consider the full impact of legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational use....

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National Recovery Month

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who...

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Bridgewell’s Project COPE Opens New Outpatient Clinic in Lynn

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Held in conjunction with National Recovery Month, Project COPE, an affiliate of Bridgewell, held an open house on September 14 at our new clinic on 66 Silsbee Street in Lynn. Since 1970, Project COPE has been a leading provider of community-based prevention, education and treatment for individuals and their families struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Project COPE merged with...

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Autism Services Legislative Breakfast at Bridgewell

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hosted by the Citizen’s Advisory Board of the Metro North Area office of the Department of Developmental Services and Bridgewell Last week, in timing with Autism Awareness month, Citizen’s Advisory Board (CAB) of the Metro North Area office of the Department of Developmental Services hosted a Legislative Breakfast at Bridgewell’s Rosewood Drive Day Habilitation Center. Pictured: Matthew, who shared his experience...

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Bridgewell Attends the 2015 ADDP Annual Conference & Expo

Monday, April 6, 2015

Bridgewell was proud to sponsor the 2015 ADDP Annual Conference & Expo, which was held on March 27. In addition to being an event sponsor, several members of the Bridgewell community attended the conference. Pictured Above: Keynote Speaker Tatyana McFadden, 2014 Sochi Paralympian Silver Ski Champion, poses with Bridgewell’s Kelly Pottie. Members of the Bridgewell community were recognized with 2015...

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Autism Services – Parent Testimonial

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Rosewood Parent: Cathy Johnson Below is a snippet from a 2013 video. Connor was one of the first individuals to attend our Rosewood Drive program. Update Since Filming: “Eighteen months after we recorded that video, Connor continues to make great progress at Rosewood.  Bridgewell has expanded their autism program and recently opened Rosewood II, where Connor is now working at...

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Bridgewell Attends 37th Annual Legislative Reception

Monday, March 16, 2015

On March 9, twenty-three Bridgewell Self-Advocates and staff members attended The Arc of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council’s 37th Annual Legislative Reception at the Massachusetts State House.  Self-Advocates Patty and Aaron pose for a photo above. The Legislative Reception serves as an opportunity for individuals with disabilities, family members, advocates, public officials and legislative staff to meet and...

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Bridgewell at The Caring Force Rally

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Earlier this month, more than 600 members of The Caring Force including many Bridgewell individuals and staff members flooded the State House with a sea of gold and showed just how important it is that legislators invest in human service programs and workers. To learn more about The Caring Force, click here!

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Conversation with Department of Developmental Services about Employment

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

 By July 2015, Department of Developmental Services plans to phase out all center-based (sheltered) workshops. This is to encourage individuals with disabilities to work in the community. Last month, Bridgewell staff and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services held a discussion to learn more about community employment opportunities.   Day Services Supervisor Victoria Jasper discussed Bridgewell’s plan to adopt the...

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Anthony Visits the State House

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Earlier this month, Bridgewell individual Anthony (pictured above) participated in the FY15 budget hearing organized by the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Ways & Means.  He attended with The Caring Force, who filled about 30 percent of the room. Anthony listened very attentively and he later asked, “Are they going to provide more money?” Great work, Anthony! In total over the last...

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The Caring Force State House Rally

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 2013 Earlier this month, more than 40 Bridgewell staff and individuals attended The Caring Force’s State House Rally in Boston! Pictured above, left to right: Sporting their Caring Force t-shirts. < Back to Blog landing page.

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