Current and Former Council Members Receive Awards

On March 24th, Kristen McCosh, a member of the Personal Care Attendant Quality Home Care Workforce Council and Joe Bellil, a past member and Treasurer on the Council, were presented with awards by the Boston Center for Independent Living at their annual awards dinner.  Kristen, who is Director of the Boston Commission for Persons with Disabilities, was honored for her advocacy and leadership in bringing Boston to the forefront of equal access initiatives.  Joe, Vice President of Public Affairs for Easter Seals Massachusetts, was honored for his statewide advocacy for disability rights. 
Picture of Joe Bellil
Joe Bellil
Picture of Kristen McCosh
Kristen McCosh

PCA Workforce Council Reaches Out to Consumers

Rosalie Edes (L), Council Chair, makes a point at a Council workshop. Also pictured are Council member Ann Ackil and Director Jack Boesen.
Rosalie Edes (L), Council Chair, makes a point at a Council workshop. Also pictured are Council member Ann Ackil and Director Jack Boesen.

Continuing a theme that has been at the core of the Council’s agenda, Council members and staff are reaching out to consumers to inform them of Council priorities and to respond to their questions and comments.

One wave of outreach consisted of consumer forums on the subject of the PCA New Hire Orientation program, which is being implemented this year. Leanne Winchester, Director of the Orientation project, and Council Director Jack Boesen have scheduled seven forums from Hyannis to Springfield and several points in between.

Download a list of all the forum sites .

At the conclusion of the Orientation program presentation, Leanne and Jack took questions from forum participants. Many questions focused on the consumer opt-out option and the accessibility of the group sessions for PCAs. These questions were discussed by all. In addition, attending consumers shared their experiences with the PCA program and how this Orientation will be beneficial for all PCAs. Following a recent presentation Leanne said, “I was very impressed by the knowledge, experience and passion for independent living that consumers attending the forum shared with us.” The forums were held at PCM agencies and were attended by PCM staff and skills trainers as well as consumers. 

On another front the Council is also continuing the “Listening Tour” that began last December in Worcester.  EOHHS Assistant Secretary and Chair of the Council Rosalie Edes, Jack Boesen, and other Council members are participating in the Listening Tour meetings around the state to present the Council’s accomplishments and its 2014 agenda to audiences of consumers. “A primary aim of the Listening Tour meetings is for us to respond to questions, comments and suggestions from consumers”, said Boesen.  In addition to a discussion of the Council’s priorities, Council members will also seek information from consumers on issues and questions to be included in the Council’s biannual Performance Review report that is filed with the Legislature and the Governor.  

Download a list of Listening Tour sites..