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Tim Carey, Leah Kelly, Margie Daniels, and Judge Jay Blitzman

Spring Mental Health Series #1
February 16th, 2017

Improving Excessive Absenteeism: A Case Study Approach

A correlation exists between excessive absenteeism and juvenile delinquency and crime while good attendance improves student achievement. Using a case study approach, representatives from schools, the court clinic, the Department of Children and Families and the court system will help participants analyze the root causes of attendance issues and to make positive recommendations to combat truancy and tardiness.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

Middlesex Community College

Assembly Room, 33 Kearney Square, Lowell

Free for members, $50 for non-members

Improving Excessive Absenteeism: A Case Study Approach may be linked to the fall School Attendance Summit for ten PDPs.  MPY has applied for CEUs for the conference from the NASW and MaMHCA.

Program speakers:

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

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

·         Richard Catrambone, MSW, Private Practitioner

·         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


About the Speakers:

The Honorable 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, M.S.W, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Accessibility and Accommodations

All Middlesex Partnerships for Youth conferences are handicapped accessible. Middlesex Partnerships for Youth will work to make reasonable accommodations as requested by individuals with disabilities. Requests should be made at least 3 weeks before the event. Direct accommodation requests to Executive Director Margie Daniels at Margie.daniels@state.ma.us.

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