Sunday, 16 December 2018



Registering to Vote by the Deadline

The deadline to register to vote in Massachusetts is October 19th. That's in THREE DAYS.

Fridays at Forest Park

9am-2pm every Friday Forest Park
Forest Park, 200 Trafton Road, Springfield
Join the Bowen community in Forest Park every Friday as we the transition to our new space. The park is on a bus route. We’ll be hanging out during the usual Bowen open hours, from 9am-2pm, playing chess, and having a few groups:
Summer Art Group in the Park
Fridays, 10-11am
Join Ana and other community members for an hour of art at your own pace, and with your own voice.
Alternatives To Suicide Support Group
Fridays, 2:30pm-4pm
A peer-run group for individuals who want a safe, judgment-free zone to talk about alternatives to suicide. The group is supportive and confidential and strives to create a space where people can provide peer support for one another, and strategize about alternatives to help each other best cope with difficult life circumstances.


On this page, you will find materials relevant to Darby Penney's presentation on Trauma Informed Approaches held at the Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield on July 15, 2016.

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Click here to view a PDF of Darby's Powerpoint presentation


Below are resources referenced during or related to Darby's presentation:


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  • The Murphy Bills and Beyond

    In June of 2015, Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania re-introduced the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act" (HR 2646), better known as the Murphy Bill.  A month later, Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut introduced a very similar bill in the Senate called the "Mental Health Reform Act of 2015" (S2680).  Both pieces of legislation threatened to dramatically increase the use of force and dismantle many of the more progressive and healing alternatives that have been developed in recent years. As of November 2016 the fate of both bills remained uncertain.

    Meanwhile, another piece of legislation called 21st Century Cures was in development and garnering increasing bipartisan support. A sweeping and expansive healthcare bill, 21st Century Cures was, initially, minimally focused on mental health provisions. Having been stalled in part due to resistance from Senate Democrats' concerns that the bill was dangerously empowering for the pharmaceutical industry, 21st Century Cures also faced an uncertain fate in November. However, the election of President Trump and consequent fears for the bill’s fate prompted a reworking of the bill that also included the absorption of many aspects of HR 2646, “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis.”

    21st Century Cures was passed by the House and Senate on November 30th and December 7th of last year, respectively. On December 13, 21st Century Cures (now including substantial portions drawn directly from HR 2646, "Helping Familties in Mental Health Crisis") was signed into law by President Obama. 



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