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Cooley Dickinson Hospital is hosting a public forum on March 2 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm to provide information about their Emergency Department renovation project and specifically to receive your comments and feedback about their plan to add a CT Scanner within the Emergency Dept.


At this forum they will present an overview of the project, the benefits of adding a CT Scanner, and address your questions and comments. This forum is free, virtual, and open to the public. Flyers in English and Spanish are linked here.

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Three County Continuum of Care

Spring Racial Equity Training Series - info HERE.

Trauma Informed Hampshire County, Northampton Recovery Center, Office of the Northwestern District Attorney, and Clinical & Support Options kick off their spring film series with a screening of "Resilience: the biology of stress & the science of hope" on Friday, March 3. INFO

Recovery Center of HOPE in Ware


Ware, MA has opened a public recovery center called the Recovery Center of HOPE, formerly known as the Ware Regional Recovery Center.  This Center is located at 52 Main Street in Ware, in a newly remodeled space. The Center is currently open two days a week. The Center primarily serves the 18 surrounding towns that make up the Quaboag Hills Region. Learn more about the Recovery Center of HOPE.

Learn more about trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy at Safe Passage HERE.

CHD buying new group homes


MassDevelopment has issued a $3 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of the Center for Human Development. They will use funds to buy four residential group homes in Chicopee and Springfield that will house 24 individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health care needs. CHD will also buy and renovate a commercial building at 55-69 Union St. in Easthampton to be used for behavioral health outpatient services, including urgent care. Read the MassNonprofit News article HERE.

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Brazelton Touchpoints Center is relaunching their Parenting While Black series in 2023. This free virtual series offers a safe and welcoming space to hold conversations for and by Black families. All are welcome to join in these powerful conversations! INFO HERE.

The MA Community Engagement Division, together with the Consumer Protection and Consumer Advocacy and Response Divisions, will be offering educational trainings to commemorate the 25th Annual National Consumer Protection Week (March 5-March11) by educating consumers about ways to make better financial decisions and advocate for their rights. These topics will range from Scams/ID Theft (click here to register), Dealing with Debt Collectors (click here), Your Home, Your Health (click here), and many more.

handful of states and counties are testing ways to provide urgent mental care outside the ER and reduce this strain on hospitals. Massachusetts has contracted with four agencies to provide intensive counseling at home through a program called emergency department diversion. It’s an approach that could be a model for other states grappling with boarding. For some kids, it’s a game changer. Read it on NPR/WBUR/KHN.

Thank you to new and returning COSA members!

Doing good work in good company.

Rep. Mindy Domb

Collaborative for Educational Services

Center for Human Development

Behavioral Health Network

Cooley Dickinson

Community Action

Northampton Survival Center

DIAL/SELF

The United Arc

The Literacy Project

Amherst College Center for Community Engagement

Northwestern District Attorney's Office

Central Hampshire Veterans Services

Roger Anderson

Northampton Recovery Center

Samantha Hopper

Way Finders

ServiceNet

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County

Family Outreach of Amherst

It Takes a Village

A Positive Place

Forbes Library

William Benson

SPIFFY Coalition

Jessie Cooley

Healthy Hampshire

Human Service Forum

The Truth School

Safe Passage

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity



Amherst Survival Center

United Way of the Franklin & Hampshire Region

US Census: How pandemic remote work shifted the daytime population in cities

Candid: Pandemic policies reduced the child poverty rate

KHN: Foster program is a new model of care for indigenous children

Check out great job postings around the Valley:


BHN Behavioral Health Network

Community Action Pioneer Valley

CHD Center for Human Development

Collaborative for Educational Services

DIAL/SELF

The Literacy Project

Safe Passage

ServiceNet

Way Finders

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Feb 28: DESE How racial trauma impacts the developing brain

Mar 01: Three County CoC Spring Racial Equity Training Series begins

Mar 01: PV Habitat for Humanity New Homes Information Session

Mar 01: The Truth School Resting to Rise

Mar 01: Human Service Forum Benefits and Liability

Mar 01: MA Health Connector for Business Informational Webinar

Mar 02 & 09: The Truth School Microaggressions: Death by a Thousand Cuts

Mar 02: Candid Leveraging community assets to enhance your nonprofit impact

Mar 03: Candid Collaboration Circle for Leaders Serving Boys/Men of Color

Mar 03: Trauma Informed Hampshire County - NRC Resilience film screening

Mar 04: Federation for Children with Special Needs Voices of Community

Mar 04: The Truth School Being an Ally, Not a Savior

Mar 05-11: MA Community Engagement Consumer Protection Webinars

Mar 06: Western MA Health Equity Network Nutrition, Food Security, and Health

Mar 07: DESE Tools to support the mental health of students and staff

Mar 08: Team Comerford Town Hall: Kitchen sink (multiple topics)

Mar 08: Human Service Forum Cyber Security

Mar 08: ECMH Roundtable with Dr. Adam Grabell @ 11am

Mar 09: TIHC Co-response and Alternative Policing Practices in Amherst

Mar 11: Grow Food Northampton Seed Share Event

Mar 11: Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference

Mar 11: The Truth School Open Mind, Open Heart

Mar 14: COSA Zooms @ 10am - Save the Date!

Mar 15: Human Service Forum Assessing DEI for New Supervisors

Mar 16: The Truth School Homelessness and Affordable Housing

Mar 20: Brazelton Touchpoints Center Parenting While Black series begins

Mar 21-23 National Low Income Housing Coalition: Onward to Housing Justice

Mar 22: Human Service Forum Retention: Rewards & Recognition

Mar 24: Tapestry and Opioid Task Force NARCAN Training on Zoom

Mar 30: Human Service Forum Breakfast Funder Foundations Panel

Apr 04: Human Service Forum Workplace Equity Series begins

Apr 11: COSA Zooms @ 10am - Save the Date!