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Recent Events…

♦Meet the Author:  “Hey Kiddo”- January 12, 2021

Presented by Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force, in partnership with the DEC Initiative BAPC, PAPC and PYDC.

Meet the Author: Jarrett Krosoczka, was a free, virtual event on January 12th at 7:00 PM.

Jarrett Krosoczka is the award-winning author of “Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father and Dealt with Family Addiction”, a graphic memoir appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Event was geared towards:
• grandparents raising grandchildren
• school staff
• middle school librarians
•art teachers

Hey Kiddo cover headshot of Jarret

The response to this event was overwhelmingly positive- organizers and participants agreed the presentation exceeded expectations.  Here are some comments received about Jarrett Krosoczka’s presentation:

“Ok, that guy is amazing!  I loved to hear about where he came from, and some of it brought me to tears.  I just LOVED his demeanor, his candidness and his inspirational outlook, he broke the cycle!”

“Thank you very much for the webinar las tnight, I enjoyed it very much.”

“Awesome event last night!!  I really enjoyed it!!”

“Fabulous program tonight! Thank you so very much!”

“It was awesome, thank you, by the end my 10 year old granddaughter was listening as well and is now wanting to read the book.  Thank you.”

“Thank you for a fabulous event.  I feel priveleged to have been able to attend.”

♦First Responders Virtual Rounds with Dr. Dan Muse- December 8, 2020
DA Cruz at Deci event

District Attorney Tim Cruz and the DEC Initiative were invited to present on the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Dr. Dan Muse’s First Responders virtual “rounds”.

Approximately 300 EMTs, Firefighters, ER Staff attended the virtual conference.

As a result of this training, the DECI team is now collaborating with teh Brockton Fire Department for further training and is expanding the Handle with Care program to include fire and ambulance personnel.




♦Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Donations- November 21, 2020

Traditional Thanksgiving meal donations

 On Saturday, November 21st, District Attorney Tim Cruz and members of the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with PACC, New Life Temple and Life After Death distributed over 400 frozen turkeys with all the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal to Brockton residents in need.

Special thanks to the Brockton Redevelopment Authority and Tufts Medical for their donations and financial support.

Members of the DEC Initiative were on hand to assist with the distribution.






♦The Plymouth County Resilience Library

The Resiliency Library logoThe Plymouth County Resilience Library has officially launched!  Th DECI team developed this online resource with partial funding from South Shore Community Partners in Prevention and assistance form BID’s Sarah Cloud adn PYDC’s Kelly Macomber.

Free sign up for the library is through the Family Center Website: https://www.uwgpc.org/frc/resilience-library-and-book-buddy-program

Please share book suggestions on the topics of trauma, resilience, social emotional learning etc. with Kati Mapa at: kati.mapa@ccbrockton.org



Upcoming Events…

♦The RX Drug Abuse and Heroin Virtual Summit- April 5-8, 2021

The DECI team has been selected to present at this year’s RX Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit.

District Attorney Tim Cruz, Family Center Executive Director Melinda Kneeland and Ed Jacoubs, the former Director of Grants & Sponsored Projects for the PCDA will facilitate a discusion on “Trauma-Informed Response to Serve Drug Endangered Children during COVID.”


Latest News…

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“Mama Paca- My Heart Won’t Let You Go”

Sarah Cloud, Director of Social Work at Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth, has written a children’s book to help with the loss of a parent to substance use.

“Ryan is a young girl living with the loss of her mother, who died from the disease of addiction. She is comforted by Mama Paca, a stuffed animal made from clothing that belonged to Ryan’s mother. Mama Paca and Ryan’s adventures together honor her mother’s memory as both a person and a parent. Their journey provides the foundation for a difficult but honest discussion about substance use disorder, how to memorialize a life lost, and coping skills to grieve.

An alpaca was chosen for her gentle, loving nature. Alpacas symbolize the ability to adapt. As a spiritual animal the alpaca can guide and empower you on your personal journey, supporting you in reaching your full potential by following your heart.

This book is dedicated to all the loved ones who fought courageously and lost their battle with the disease of addiction. You are very much loved and missed. We honor you by keeping your memory and spirit alive in your children. Your death is not in vain. We use this opportunity to shine light on the darkness of stigma and shame to extinguish this disease for future generations.”

Sarah is also the Co-Chair of the Medical Subcommittee of the Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force and a DEC Initiative Subcommittee member.

The Childhood Trauma Task Force’s Annual Report:

Children’s Well-Being During Covid-19: Recommendations for Supporting Children and Families Who Have Experienced Trauma and Stress During the Pandemic

The Plymouth County DECI Initiative is featured on page 20 of this report

ACEs Connection: Plymouth County

ACEs Connection is an active on-line platform perfect for connecting with others who are using trauma-informed and resilience-building practices. Sign up for free to access and share current news, research and events. The “Ask the Community” feature is a great way to get feedback from others doing similar work.

Statewide Convening in Worcester Make Massachusetts a Trauma Informed State

Aces Connections- March, 12, 2020, written by: Jennifer Cantwell & Kati Rayner

Plymouth County Drug Endangered Children’s Initiative Team at BJA/OVC Grantees Meeting

Aces Connections- December 31, 2019, written by:  Jennifer Cantwell

Brockton’s Family Resource Center offers Trauma Informed Yoga for Kids

Aces Connections- December 9, 2019, written by: Jennifer Cantwell & Kati Rayner