Handle With Care Massachusetts

DECI Referrals

When a child is exposed to violence or trauma and a law enforcement officer or the child’s school has determined that mental health services are appropriate the following procedures will occur:

  • Referral Form will be completed and returned to the Family Center. The form will include current contact information for the child’s parent/guardian.
  • The Family Center will initiate contact with the parent/guardian to schedule an intake at the time and location that works best for the family.
  • The Family Center will complete the initial intake assessment and treatment plan
  • The Family Center will develop a communication mechanism with the parent/guardian regarding the child.
  • The Family Center will provide trauma, or behavior specific training to school staff on an as needed basis and per MOU agreement with the school department.
  • The Family Center will participate in quarterly HWC Team Meetings to determine the effectiveness of Drug Endangered Children’s Initiative/Handle with Care (DEC/HWC): academic achievements; truancies; and disciplinary reports and treatment outcomes. The meeting will not focus on specific cases.

The Family Center
Community Connections
137 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 508-857-0272
Fax: 508-857-3361