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Bridgewell’s Adult Education and Recreation: Going Green

Bridgewell’s Adult Education and Recreation program held a “Going Green” series in August and September. At Steve’s Florist & Greenhouse in Lynn, owner Salvy Migliaccio, Jr. showed the group how to plant, feed, water and add TLC to the plants each participant took home. Participants took a tour of the greenhouse, moved summer plants inside […]

DSP Week Celebrations at Boston Street Day Habilitation Center

Program Director Betsy Stockwell and Assistant Program Director Amanda Murray surprised staff during Direct Support Professional Week with little gifts to say thank you and raffles supported by local businesses. Staff was recognized every day of the week with little gestures – donuts, hand sanitizer, life savers, gum and the week ended with a staff […]

Best Wishes in your Retirement, Mandy!

Northeast Regional Director of the Department of Developmental Services Mandy Chalmers will be retiring after a 44 year career with the Department of Developmental Services. Mandy started her career at the Fernald Developmental Center and then worked at the DDS Central Office as Chief of Staff to the Commissioner.  Mandy was DDS’s go-to staff person […]

Living Longer Conference Success

With more than 400 people in attendance, Bridgewell’s second Living Longer: Aging with Intellectual Disability Conference was a success. Dr. Julie Moran presented her keynote “Reflecting Back, Looking Ahead:  What’s New in Aging and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” During her introduction, Commissioner Elin Howe praised Bridgewell’s ongoing commitment to aging adults with disabilities. Commissioner Howe discussed […]

Free Workshop: The Basics of Special Education Laws

The Basics of Special Education Laws Learn how to be better advocates for your child’s educational needs. Learn more about special education advocacy and the laws that give you the right to request services for your child. Speaker:  Vineesha Sow, Esq. Staff Attorney – Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts Location: Bridgewell, Family Support Resource Center, 162 Boston […]

The Impact of Marijuana

Join Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael, Massachusetts State Senator Jason Lewis, Brian W. O’Connor, MD, Massachusetts Association of Health Boards, and the Greater Lowell Health Alliance Substance Use and Prevention—Marijuana Subcommittee as we present: THE IMPACTS OF MARIJUANA Strategies to Address Related Health, Social, and Legal Issues LOWELL GENERAL HOSPITAL 295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell (Valet […]

2016 Bridgewell Day Recap

Last month, Bridgewell held its first Bridgewell Day at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. We had close to 1,000 members of the Bridgewell community attend, including staff, individuals in our services, board members, family and friends. NECN’s Joy Lim Nakrin welcomed the crowd and shared remarks with President & CEO Bob Stearns and Board Chair Jeff Roy. […]

National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health […]

Urban Youth Collaborative Program Interns 2016

This summer, Bridgewell had close to 30 interns from administration to programming. Of the 30 internships, 10 positions were funded through the Department of Developmental Services’ Urban Youth Collaborative Program, which provides opportunities for students and recent graduates to learn about the field of disabilities. Through internships in day programs, residences and related administrative functions at Bridgewell […]

DDS Ask the Agency

September 14, 2016 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 162 Boston Street, Lynn, MA  Representatives from DDS Northeast Regional Office will be available to answer your questions about: DDS Eligibility Adult Autism Services Children’s Services Family Supports Self-Directed Services Transitioning to Adulthood RSVP: Tim Foley, Director of Family Support Center Claribel Blanco, Community Services Case Manager Call (339)883-1761 […]