Thank you for your dedication

Published: 5/21/2020 9:03:06 AM

We are writing to you as members of Western Massachusetts Area Citizens Advisory Board of the Department of Mental Health.

Almost every family has someone who has mental health needs. Those who are close to that person and those who receive services know how important it is for them to have front line advocates, counselors, direct care workers, social workers and a vast array of providers. We write this from a place of respect to honor and thank these staff members who are maintaining relationships with so many people who receive services through vendors of the Department of Mental Health.

The vendors’ staff (including The Western Mass Training Consortium, Western MA RLC, CHD, BHN, Cutchins, NCYF, Gandara, MHA, The Brien Center, Viability, Vibra, Guidewire, ServiceNet, Almadan and CSO) are first responders for people living on their own or those in group living situations who need support and assistance. They have been present for this work and many have extended themselves when someone needs more help during this pandemic by working overtime, and in some cases even temporarily moving into a group home. As many of you know direct care work is invaluable, challenging and vitally important work so we are thankful that it continues in this challenging time.

On on behalf of the 12 board members from the four western counties, we would like to thank the staff of these agencies as they have all prioritized their mission by being sure that staff are there to support the people they serve.

Judi Fonsh

President

Alan Wylde

Vice President

Sam Nuerminger

Secretary


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