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On August 7, 2012, with little fanfare, Governor Patrick signed S.2410, An Act Relative to Families and Children Engaged in Services (FACES), into the General Laws making it Chapter 240 of the Acts of 2012! This landmark legislation is the culmination of 7 hard-fought years spent up on Beacon Hill, and will right many of the wrongs of the decades-old CHINS system that treated truant and runaway children as criminals. The new legislation emphasizes community-based services for FACES.
The law came into effect on November 5, 2012 and has major implications for the universe of individuals, organizations, courts, school systems and state and municipal agencies and offices tasked with implementing the new legislation. Below are a number of documents provided by a variety of sources which are meant to serve as guidelines for the many audiences which serve these children and their families.
To read the legislation in its entirety: Chapter 240 of the Acts and Regulations of 2012: An Act Regarding Families and Children Engaged in Services
To read a history of the CHINS Reform process, access prior testimony, and learn more about the fight to change a broken system, visit the CHINS Reform History page.
Among Ch.240 of the Acts of 2012’s provisions, the legislation establishes a Families and Children Requiring Assistance Advisory Board (Advisory Board). The Advisory Board’s duties include advising EOHHS, collecting and reporting data, and monitoring implementation of the legislation specifically around family resource centers.
The meetings are scheduled as follows for calendar year 2015 and all will be held at One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor Conference Room, Boston, MA. They are open to the public.
- April 16, 2015- 11:00-1:00pm
- May 14, 2015-2:00-4:00pm
- June 11, 2015-11:00-1:00pm
- July 16, 2015-11:00-1:00pm
- August 13,2015- 11:00-1:00pm
- September 17, 2015- 11:00-1:00pm
- October 15, 2015-11:00-1:00pm
- November 12, 2015- 11:00-1:00pm
- December 17, 2015- 11:00-1:00pm
Reports of the Advisory Committee
- January 2013 Report
- November 2013 – Cover Letter
- November 2013 – Report
- November 2014 – Cover Letter
- November 2014 – Report
- February 2015 – Report
Family Resource Centers:
EOHHS also released a draft outline of what the Family Resource Centers (FRCs) would look like under this statute. They presented this outline in multiple areas across the state during 2013. DCF FRC Community Meeting Presentation
UMass Medical School was awarded the contract for the Administrative Services Organization (ASO) to support the FRC network with core support functions including: program management and oversight; data management and collection; program evaluation and reporting; training and professional development; and communications support including a centralized website for FRCs and all CRA information.
Currently, the FRCs are beginning a pilot year where there is one site per county. The following is a list of cites and towns who will host an FRC. CLM hopes to see these FRCs expanded throughout more communities in the Commonwealth in the coming year.
|Hampshire||Amherst||Clinical and Support Options|
|Suffolk||Boston||Home for Little Wanderers|
|Plymouth||Brockton||Untied Way of Greater Plymouth Co.|
|Essex||Lawrence||Family Services of Merrimack Valley|
|Middlesex||Lowell||Northeastern Family Institute|
|Bristol||New Bedford||United Way of Greater New Bedford|
|Berkshire||Pittsfield||Berkshire Children and Families|
|Norfolk||Quincy||Bay State Community Services|
|Hampden||Springfield||Gandara Mental Health Center|
|Dukes||Oak Bluffs||Martha’s Vineyard Comm. Services|
Runaway Assistance Program:
A Section-By-Section summary prepared by the Children’s League of Massachusetts: Ch 240 of the Acts of 2012 Section Summary – Final
A detailed summary of the new law: FACES Law – Detailed Summary
A short summary of the new law: FACES Law – Short Summary
A PowerPoint presentation given by MSPCC at Children’s Hospital: FACES Lunch and Learn final
A Power Point presentation given by the Executive Office for Health and Human Services: From CHINS to FACES
A Power Point presentation on design of Family Resource Centers (FRCs) FRC Community Meeting Presentation Report 2013
A Brochure about the new law: Know the law
Information For Parents, Guardians and Custodians:
Information for Law Enforcement Officials:
Information for Courts and Legal Counsel:
Thanks to those who have been hard at work producing the many of the documents we’ve linked to. Included on that list, the Children’s Mental Health Campaign, www.publiccounsel.net, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Massachusetts Municipal Police Training, and others. Together we can achieve a better system, and a better future for the children of Massachusetts!