Handle With Care Massachusetts


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  • The “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” trainings by TLPI will begin in January 2020 for these School Districts:
    • Carver
    • Marshfield
    • Rockland
    • Silver Lake
    • Scituate
  • District Attorney Tim Cruz & Plymouth County DECI have been selected to present “Harnessing Community Expertise to Enhance Service Delivery to Vulnerable Children” at the 2020 RX Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, April 13-16, Nashville, TN
  • Plymouth County DECI
    Training Opportunities


Recent Trainings

♦ National RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, Nashville, TN

RX Summit tweet April 2020On April 15,  The DEC Initiative team was scheduled to attend the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Nashville before the COVID 19 pandemic forced the cancellation of travel.

The Rx Summit was held virtually and Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz and Melinda Kneeland were able to present “Drug Endangered Children’s Initiative: Harnessing Community Expertise to Enhance Service Delivery to Vulnerable Children”.





♦ Helping Traumatized Children Learn: System-Wide Trainings
DA at March 3 trainings
District Attorney Tim Cruz

On March 3, two system-wide Helping Traumatized Children Learn trainings were held. School staff in the Whitman-Hanson and Scituate school districts were trained by our partners at TLPI. Silver Lake Regional High School received the training on March 12.

Scituate Schools dedicated an entire day of professional development to the topic of addressing trauma, using the three-hour TLPI training as a foundation for their own expanded program. At the Scituate PD day, East Bridgewater shared expertise on communication between police and schools from SRO, Officer Tallitha Connor and Behavior Specialist, Christy Anderson.

March 12, 2020- Silver Lake Regional School District Training
March 3, 2020- Scituate School District Training
March 3, 2020- Whitman-Hanson School District

Greg Ranieri from Scituate Schools wrote a detailed plan for their training and gave Plymouth County DECI permission to share with schools interested in planning similar program.

♦ Building Resilient Communities, Building Resilient Children
DA at March 2 training
District Attorney Tim Cruz

The DECI team helped organize the Building Resilient Communities, Building Resilient Children statewide convening at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester on March 2. District Attorney Tim Cruz, Ed Jacoubs and Melinda Kneeland presented at the event. The convening was attended by over 200 professionals interested in making Massachusetts a trauma informed state.

March 2, 2020




♦  Drug Endangered Children: Building a Coordinated Response

November 6, 2019- Stonehill College

♦  Helping Traumatized Children Learn training from TLPI


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