TO: The DMR Community
FROM: Gerry Morrissey
DATE: July 11, 2003
RE: Update 132

UYCP Celebrates 12th Year

This summer, The Urban Youth Collaborative Program (UYCP), a summer jobs program coordinated by DMR, celebrates its 12th year of operation.

UYCP provides inner city youth with jobs providing support to people with mental retardation. It has placed more than a thousand students in summer jobs since it began more than a decade ago. The program has expanded all across Massachusetts with programs in 14 cities with more than 200 students participating this year.

Working in partnership with private provider agencies, participants undergo a full week of training to learn about mental retardation, human values, human rights, behavior management and how to provide care. For the remainder of the eight-week program, students work on-site at community residences operated by provider agencies.

"Summer jobs are very important especially during these challenging economic times. The goal of UYCP is to get a diverse group of students involved with the field of human services," explains Gerald W. Scott, Director of Equal Opportunity Employment. "There is a continuing need for experienced and dedicated workers to assist people with mental retardation."

As with every year, there will be a reception in the State House for all UYCP participants on Tuesday, Aug. 5. A reception will take place in the Great Hall from 10 - 11 a.m., with a formal program following honoring the students 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This year UYCP will operate programs in Boston, Cambridge-Somerville, Quincy, Brockton, Lowell, Lawrence-Newburyport, Fitchburg, Worcester, Springfield-Holyoke, Fall River and New Bedford.

The provider agencies sponsoring UYCP are: the Dimock Community Health Center, Boston; Turning Point, Inc., Lawrence; Matson Community Services, Fitchburg/Leominster; Abilities Unlimited, Springfield/Holyoke; Work Inc., Quincy; Road to Responsibility, Brockton; Resources for Human Development, Cambridge/Somerville; Lifelinks, Inc., Lowell; Lifestream, New Bedford/Fall River; and the Seven Hills Foundation, Worcester. UYCP Programs are also operating at the Glavin Regional Center, Templeton and Monson Developmental Centers.

Many of the UYCP participants are receiving college credits in human services through local community colleges for their participation in the program.

19th Annual Conference Celebrates the Work of Human Rights

More than 1,000 people attended the 19th Annual DMR Human Rights Conference on Wednesday June 4, in Sturbridge. The conference theme was "Human Rights Is Everyone's Job."

Gerald Provencal, Director of the Macomb Oakland Regional Center, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, delivered the keynote speech. Provencal discussed "Culturing Commitment by Promoting Human Rights." He stressed the importance of human service work and the necessity of concentrating on the needs and desires of the person receiving services.

Several awards were presented at the conference including the Donald E. Leal Memorial Award for Excellence in Human Rights Advocacy. This year the Leal Award was presented to Steven Hennigan and Margaret Herbert, chair and vice-chair of the Human Rights Committee at the Glavin Regional Center. They were honored for their diligent work over the years in resolving complex human rights issues for Glavin residents and the DMR community.

Recipients of 2003 Annual Human Rights Awards were: Alton Leroy Stanwood, in recognition of his life of hardship, hope, and personal growth; Priscilla Richard and Cheryl Brodak, for their partnership that fostered empowerment and independence; and Theresa "Terry" Smith, for her efforts in promoting independence and self-determination for those transitioning from children's programs to adulthood.

As with previous human rights conferences the audience had an impressive number of self-advocates, as well as DMR and provider staff, family members, board members, and others in attendance.

Citizen's Advisory Board Holds Annual Meeting

On May 30th, members from 29 boards across the state participated in the DMR Citizen Advisory Board Annual Meeting that was held in Shrewsbury.

The program focused on Quality Management (QM) with presentations by Gail Grossman, Assistant Commissioner, Quality Management, Tom Anzer, Director of the Office for Human Rights, and Bernie Murphy, Director of Investigations.

Commissioner Morrissey swore in the following CAB members: Arlene Lusgzynski - Westfield; Gerald Trombly, Pat Moore, Momodou Sarr, and Gene Friedlander, from Franklin/Hampshire; Maria Damiano - Metro North; Deb Goessling - Middlesex West; Jean Walsh - Lowell; Allen Crocker, MD - Metro Region; Deb Aulenback - Central Middlesex; Roberta Snetsky and Arlene Newbury - Newton/South Norfolk; and Lucie Chansky - Newton/South Norfolk & Metro Region.

For more information about Citizen Advisory Boards, please contact Ralph Edwards at (617) 624-7755 or ralph.edwards@state.ma.us.

Medical Conference Well Attended

More than 150 people attended "The Contribution of Medical Illness to Behavioral Disorders in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities," a morning conference that was held at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester on Wednesday, June 4th .

The conference examined topics such as: Common Medical Problems that Contribute to Agitated and Aggressive Behavior in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; A Neuropsychiatric Approach to Aggression in Epilepsy; and a panel discussion on a panel discussion on the conference theme.

Conference participants included Joan Beasley, PhD., Sheldon Benjamin, M.D., Lauren Charlot, PhD., Lisa DiBonaventura, MA, COMS, Van Silka, M.D., Carol Walsh, N.P., MPH., and Mark Hauser, M.D.

The conference was jointly sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, UMass Memorial Medical School and DMR.

Event Recognizes 13th Anniversary of ADA Legislation

There will be a ceremony and gathering to commemorate the 13th Anniversary of the passage of the American with Disabilities Act, (ADA) that will be held at the Dunn Pond State Park in Gardner, on Friday, July 25th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will be held rain or shine.

MDDC, GCMR Relocate to New Offices

As of June 1, the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council has moved to 1150 Hancock Street, 3rd Floor, in Quincy, MA 02169. Their new phone number is (617) 770-7676. MDDC's web address is http://www.mass.gov/mddc.

As was mentioned in DMR Update 131, the Governor's Commission on Mental Retardation is now located at 2 Boylston St., 4th Floor, Boston MA 02116. Their main phone number is (617) 988-3200.

MASS AAMR Conference Rescheduled to July 14th

The June 9th Conference on the Service Implications of the 2002 Definition of Mental Retardation, hosted by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Association on Mental Retardation, has been rescheduled to Monday, July 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. The session will be held at the Hassenfeld Center at Brandeis University in Waltham in the Luria Conference Rooms. Parking is available in Lots H or T.

The guest speaker will be David Coulter, MD.

For more information, please call (617) 287-4317.

North Shore ARC Opens Center for Developmental Excellence

On Thursday afternoon, May 29th, North Shore ARC held a grand opening ceremony for their new Center for Developmental Excellence, at 6 Southside Road, in Danvers. More than 300 people attended the opening ceremony.

The center houses programs and services related to the treatment of autism and other developmental disabilities, as well as vocational programs and adolescent services. There is also a resource library for families and classrooms housed in the new Center.

Founded in 1954, The North Shore ARC serves individuals with mental retardation as well as developmental and other disabilities in 97 communities across the state. The North Shore ARC offers three programmatic divisions: Residential, Family Supports, and Heritage Industries.


This information is provided by the Department of Developmental Services.