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Leah Kelly, Tim Carey and Rich Melillo will speak at the Annual School Attendance Summit

Fall Mental Health Series #1
September 28th, 2016

Annual School Attendance Summit




Chronic absenteeism impacts students all across the country and is prevalent among all student groups, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education.  Just two days absent each month of the school year can make an elementary student less likely to graduate high school.

At the annual School Attendance Summit, MPY will bring together key players from schools, law enforcement, the Department of Children and Families, and the court system to explore root causes of attendance problems and to make positive recommendations to combat chronic absenteeism.

This year’s conference features Dr. Leah Kelly, the new Executive Director of Adolescent Consultation Service, the court clinic for Middlesex County. 

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Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, First Justice, Juvenile Court Department, Middlesex County

Timothy M. Carey, MSW, Probation Officer , Middlesex Juvenile  Court

Leah M. Kelly, Psy.D., Executive Director, Adolescent Consultation Services

Thomas Malone, Esq., Northeast Regional Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Children & Families

Rich Melillo M.Ed., Director of Student Services, Somerville Public Schools


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

One Cranberry Hill

750 Marrett Road, Lexington 

Free for members, $50 for non-members

The Annual School Attendance Summit will be linked to a spring attendance conference for 10 PDPs.


About the speakers:

The Honorable Judge Jay D. Blitzman, is the First Justice, Massachusetts Juvenile Court, Middlesex County.  Judge Blitzman was a founder and the first director of the Roxbury Youth Advocacy Project and also co-founded Citizen’s for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ).  He regularly presents and writes on a wide range of juvenile justice and child welfare issues. Judge Blitzman teaches at Northeastern University School of Law, UMASS Lowell, and has been a visiting faculty member of Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop program since 1986, becoming a Team Leader in 2014.

Tim Carey, MSW, is a juvenile probation officer in the Cambridge Juvenile Court where he works directly with youth and has also created programs to support youth including the Cambridge Boxing Club, smoke detector battery program, and the MCJC Cambridge-Court book donation program.  He has a Masters’ Degree in Social Work and previously worked as a Social Worker with the Department of Children and Families.

Leah Kelly, Psy.D., is the Executive Director of Adolescent Consultation Services (ACS), the juvenile court clinic for Middlesex County. Leah began her doctoral training at ACS, which provides comprehensive psychosocial evaluations, education, and advocacy for some of the most vulnerable kids in the Commonwealth. Most recently, before returning to her roots at ACS, Leah served as the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services in a maximum-security prison.

Richard Melillo, M.Ed., is the Director of Students Services for Somerville Public Schools. He has extensive experience in addressing student absenteeism, including designing and implementing the Systemic Family Approach to Excessive Absenteeism, resulting in highest attendance rates for the Somerville Public Schools.  He holds a Masters’ Degree from Salem State College and certifications as a principal, school counselor and supervisor of attendance.

Thomas Malone, Esq., is a regional counsel with the Department of Children and Families, overseeing the legal work for the Department's Northern Region, including Middlesex and Essex Counties.   He has been a field attorney with the Department for 27 years.


Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend any MPY conference after registering, you must contact Stephanie Guyotte via email at stephanie.guyotte@state.ma.us. All cancellations must be received via email at least 72 hours before the scheduled event. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation fee. 

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