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Interface

Call the INTERFACE® Helpline 617-332-3666 x1411 or 1-888-244-6843 x1411 WILLIAM JAMES COLLEGE INTERFACE Referral Service Where can you learn about Mental Health Resources in or near your community? How can you access Mental Health Services for all ages? Find answers at the INTERFACE Referral Service. interface.williamjames.edu Call Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm to consult with a mental health professional about resources and/or receive personalized, matched referrals. For additional information and resources, please visit interface. wil liam james .edu/ community /medfield. Funding for this valuable service is generously provided by the Medfield Public Schools and the Town of Medfield.

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What is INTERFACE?

INTERFACE is a Mental Health Service Resource & Referral Helpline.  

Be on the lookout for new postcards promoting William James College INTERFACE Referral Service, a Mental Health Resource & Referral Helpline available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9-5 by calling 617-332-3666, ext 1. INTERFACE matches callers from subscribing communities with appropriate outpatient mental health resources and referrals in their area.

This FREE service is new to Medfield since November 1, 2017. 

Dr. Jeffrey Marsden, Superintendent of Schools, purchased this service in collaboration with the Town of Medfield, for all of Medfield’s residents, in response to reports that residents were having difficulty finding outpatient mental health providers in a timely fashion.

Seeking mental health care on one’s own has become more difficult than ever in today’s ever changing healthcare market. Providers who are on lists from referral sources such as primary care offices or insurance companies may not be taking new clients/patients, be the right match for the insurance plan of the client/patient, or have the expertise in the mental health service being sought. Residents were reporting that when they sought care for themselves or a loved one, it often took multiple phone calls, endless waiting, and much wasted time in securing an appropriate provider.

INTERFACE is free for ALL Medfield residents and is a tool in accessing mental health care by providing a service that matches a person seeking outpatient mental health care with specialized providers from a large data base of licensed and vetted mental health providers, thereby reducing the burden on residents seeking to connect with outpatient mental health treatment.

As of March over 32 Medfield residents have received assistance in securing an outpatient mental health provider through Interface.  INTERFACE resource and referral counselors work hard to secure an appropriate match and if for any reason the match is not successful; they will continue to work with the caller until the right fit between caller and provider is in place.

Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) has created postcards to inform Medfield residents about the INTERFACE service and local mental health support services as part of their mission to inform every resident of this important service.  With leadership from Medfield resident Carol Read, a prevention specialist in a nearby community and Medfield Board of Health member, the cards were designed and completed by the MCSP publicity committee and are now being distributed throughout various locations in the community.

Find them at the Public Safety building, The Center at Medfield (Council on Aging), Medfield Youth Outreach, Town Hall and Medfield School Dept, 3rd floor, Town Hall, Medfield Public Library, schools, medical professional’s offices, and at various businesses.

 If you wish to host the cards at your organization, reach out to MCSP through the Medfield Youth Outreach office at 508-359-7121.

For additional information and resources, please visit interface.williamjames.edu/community/medfield.

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Mosquito aerial larvicide application 4/19 – 4/27

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS The State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board NORFOLK COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT 144 Production Road, Suite C, Walpole, MA 02081 (781) 762-3681 fax: (781) 769-6436 www.NorfolkCountyMosquito.org ROBINL. CHAPELL NORMANP. JACQUES MAUREENP. MACEACHERN LINDAR. SHEA RICHARDJ, POLLACK, PHD Commissioners DAVID A. LAWSON Director To: Public Safety Departments Date: 04/17 /18 RE: Aerial Application Norfolk County Towns CAROLINE E. HAVILAND Field Operations Manager This is to notify you that the Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project and its contracted helicopter company, JBI Helicopter Services, Inc., will be conducting aerial larvicide applications in your town, beginning Thursday April 19 through Friday, April 27, 2018, between the hours of 6:00 am and 7:30 pm daily. The targets for this application are wetlands in your town that have been determined to breed mosquitoes. We will be using three or four helicopters to treat wetlands in the entire district. There will be one or two helicopters working in your town at a time. On each day that we work in your town we will call the Fire and Police departments first thing that morning. The following is a list of the numbers of the helicopters and a brief description of them to help you confirm their presence if residents call. If it is circled, this is the helicopter we know will be in your town. If not it may be any one of the four. Bell Jet Ranger #N64JB Blue/Yellow/Silver Bell Jet Ranger #N445JB Blue/Yellow/Silver Bell Jet Ranger #N802JB Green/Gold/Rose Bet Jet Ranger #N800JB Blue/Yellow/Silver Thank you for your cooperation. Please pass this notice on to all shifts. Further questions? Call the office at 781-762-3681 or see our website listed above. Norfolk County Mosquito Control District 2018 Medfield Targeted Spring Aerial Wetlands Map features courtesy of: Office of Geographic and Environmental Information (MassGIS), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs Legend Spring Aerial 201820180418-Norfolk County Mosquito Control-notice from_Page_2

Mental health information

Last night while attending the Warrant Committee meeting at the Public Safety Building, I picked up one of the relatively new INTERFACE referral cards (a copy of the card appears below).  The Town of Medfield signed on with INTERFACE starting in November, and since then any resident can INTERFACE to get a referral to a mental health professional.  The back of the card lists other mental health resources.

Call the INTERFACE® Helpline 617-332-3666 x1411 or 1-888-244-6843 x1411 WILLIAM JAMES COLLEGE INTERFACE Referral Service Where can you learn about Mental Health Resources in or near your community? How can you access Mental Health Services for all ages? Find answers at the INTERFACE Referral Service. interface.williamjames.edu Call Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm to consult with a mental health professional about resources and/or receive personalized, matched referrals. For additional information and resources, please visit interface. wil liam james .edu/ community /medfield. Funding for this valuable service is generously provided by the Medfield Public Schools and the Town of Medfield.Interface cards_Page_2

SJC on Open Meeting Law today

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SJC interprets Open Meeting Law as mandating no opinion sharing outside meetings

Today the Supreme Judicial Court issued an opinion stating the Board of Selectmen of Wayland violated the Open Meeting Law when it circulated by email to select board members ahead of a select board meeting (held to evaluate the town administrator’s performance) the evaluations done by each selectman and a composite summary.  This violated the Open Meeting Law because the evaluations contained the “opinions” of the board members, and thus constituted a prohibited “deliberation” outside a posted meeting.

 

This is what the SJC held:

We conclude that this exemption was enacted to foster administrative efficiency, but only where such efficiency does not come at the expense of the open meeting law’s overarching purpose, transparency in governmental decision-making.
As the individual and composite evaluations of the town administrator by the board members contained opinions, the circulation of such documents among a quorum prior to the open meeting does not fall within the exemption , and thus constituted a deliberation to which the public did not have access, in violation of the open meeting law.  We therefore affirm the judge’s decision allowing summary judgment for the plaintiffs on this ground.  We agree with the board, however, that the judge erred in “striking” the Attorney General’s determination, and vacate that portion of the judge’s decision.
The SJC also told us that there is a solution, namely by making the select board materials with the opinions available to the public at the same time as the select board shares them, such as by posting the materials on the town website:
If board members wish to circulate documents containing board member  opinions among a quorum in advance of an open meeting, as here, prior and relatively contemporaneous public disclosure of those documents , where permissible, is necessary in order to comply with the open meeting law and to
advance the statute’s over-all goal of promoting transparency in governmental  decision-making.

New town website

It is live today – http://www.town.medfield.net/.   Nice clean look, with easy to use interface.  And you can sign up to get notifications of meetings and agendas.

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Mental health referral service

The William James Interface Referral Service

The School Department and the town signed up with The William James Interface Referral Service, which is a mental health referral service for any resident.  Interface phones are answered by mental health professionals, and they match callers with appropriate clinical staff.  Interface does the legwork, and makes referrals based on the variables. The service became available for Medfield residents November 1.  See the Interface website for other resources – William James Interface Referral Service
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Suicide prevention training 7PM Tuesday

Learn in two hours how to be comfortable talking to loved ones about self harm.

The newly-formed Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (“MCSP”) invites interested community members to attend a FREE suicide prevention training taught by Riverside Trauma Center. The training is intended to help address this public health crisis by rais-ing awareness of suicidal behavior and teaching tools that can help prevent suicide. The MCSP particularly encourages parents and adults to attend. We hope to offer train-ing specially targeted to youth at a future date. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 7:00-9:00 p.m. The United Church of Christ in Medfield 496 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052 FREE to the Public For questions, contact Heather Krauss at hacarlson@hotmail.com If you are inclined to financially support the MCSP, please consider making a donation through its Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/MedfieldCoalitionforSuicidePrevention RSVP not required, but kindly appreciated. To RSVP, please visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ba5af2ea3f94-free