Massachusetts Events

News from Massachusetts Extension

When April showers bring May flowers, the pollen attacks the allergy sufferers with a vengeance.  As we struggle to find Spring, enjoy the current success of the Red Sox, and start counting down the days to our anticipated beach vacations, the Massachusetts Extension continues to plan for a season of eventful programs.

During the first week of April, we had a very successful series presented by CMSA's own Kathleen Fraser titled, The Ethical Case Manager Making a Difference.  Extensions from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island collaborated to provide the programs at various convenient venues in Portland, ME, Bradford, MA and Attleboro, MA.  Kathleen Fraser is a dynamic speaker and is always entertaining.  At all sites, the programs were at capacity and provided the attendees with valuable and necessary ethics credits for CCM re-certification.

On May 9th we were at Life Care Center in Auburn, MA for a presentation titled,  Working with Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders.  This program was presented by William Johnson, LICSW, President of WHJ Social Work Consultation and Staffing.

The MA Extension is  planning an event at the Life Care Center in Fitchburg on September 19th and when the details are available, they will be posted on  the CMSNE website. We look forward to this event as the Life Care Centers has proven year after year to be a reliable and collaborative partner with CMSNE in providing educational opportunities for case managers.

On June 6th we are excited to collaborate with the NH Extension and bring the program, A Walk in Their Shoes, which will highlight the effects of dementia on the MA/NH border in Salem, NH.  Check out our website on all the details and how to register!

On June 28th in collaboration with Norwell VNA & Hospice, we will offer National Practice Guidelines in Hospice and Palliative Care - Applying these Principles for Enhancing Case Management for Your Patients Michol Negron, Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Certified Hospice Medical Director, Certified Dementia Practitioner will be the feature speaker for the program.

The MA Extension will have a break in scheduling programs during the months of July and August- as summer vacations dominate peoples' plans, we plan to resume scheduling into the fall season.  We have several requests from vendors and organizations who are offering to join the MA Extension in planning events, so we look forward to an active fall season which is highlighted by CMSNE's 2018 Annual Conference, All Eyes on Professional Practice: Seeking Clarity on Cross-Continuum Social & Clinical Complexity, on October 9 & 10, 2018 at the Southbridge Convention Center, Southbridge, MA.  Please refer to for all the chapter information, schedules, and updated news.

Have a very safe and happy Spring/Summer season. We look forward to seeing you soon.

As always, we welcome current chapter members who may be available to volunteer with planning or organizing CMSNE programs and events. We could use representatives at scheduled programs in various parts of the state, ie. Central and Western Massachusetts. Those who may be interested can contact the main office at

Yours in professional case management practice,
Ken King and Virginia Heikkinen, MA Extension Co-Chairs

Massachusetts Events

Date & Location

Program Title


Thursday, June 28, 2018
Norwell VNA & Hospice
Norwell, MA
Dinner program 5 PM

National Practice Guidelines in Hospice and Palliative Care - Applying these Principles for Enhancing Case Management for Your Patients

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
The Highland - Life Care Center of America
Fitchburg, MA
Dinner program 5 PM

Working with Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders

Please note: Members are reminded to register early for CMSNE programs. Programs failing to meet a minimum required registration limit 10 days prior to the program will be cancelled.

In the event you are unable to attend a program for which you registered, you must notify CMSNE 12 business hours in advance. CMSNE enforces its registration cancellation policy. Members will be billed at the non-member rate if they fail to comply with the cancellation policy. The member is also disqualified from future pre-registration. CMSNE urges you to review the Meeting Registration Cancellation policy.

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