Month: December 2016

SSW Collaborating With Manchester Police Department

Michael Fendrich
Dr. Michael Fendrich
Associate Dean for Research

After more than a year of work that brought together law enforcement professionals, health and mental health professionals and members of the public, Manchester officials announced a new initiative called H.O.P.E. or Heroin/Opioid Prevention and Education. The program is based on a successful program in Gloucester, Massachusetts where police officers help those addicted to narcotics get treatment rather than arresting them.

The School of Social Work is consulting with H.O.P.E. on evaluating the implementation and impact of the program. These efforts include documenting program implementation activities, interviewing law enforcement officers and local treatment providers about their involvement in the program and securing DMHAS data to monitor changes in client service utilization for opioid treatment in the Manchester area.  In collaboration with the DMHAS research division, Dr. Fendrich is working to secure extramural funding to enhance and support program evaluation efforts.


Boston Business Journal Names Alumna Game Changer

Jo Ann Simons
Photo credit Bill Brett

Jo Ann Simons ’78 MSW has been named one of the Boston Business Journal’s 2016 Power 50 Game Changers. Honorees included men and women from multiple industries and professions who are making a difference in their business communities, blazing trails and leaving their mark on the local economy. As the leader of the largest Arc in the state of Massachusetts and the 2nd largest (of 700) in the country, Jo Ann Simons is changing the lives of people with disabilities — and children at risk of developing them — and their families. The agency serves more than 9,000 people in 190 Massachusetts cities and towns each year, including Boston. Jo Ann is the CEO of Northeast Arc and oversees 1100 employees and an operating budget of $250 million.