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Massachusetts Extension September/October Newsletter

Following record setting summer heat waves and the Red Sox performing above expectations we enter the Fall season with a series of events planned for our members.

October starts with Case Management Week on the 7th of the month with the CMSNE Annual Conference scheduled for Tuesday the 9th and Wednesday the 10th.

The Case Management Week program we have traditionally presented with our friends at Spaulding Rehab is taking on a new look this year.  A breakfast program will be held at Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Charlestown on Friday October 19th titled, The Opioid Epidemic and Caring for Patients With Substance Use Disorders, presented by Dr. Sarah E. Wakeman, Medical Director of the Substance Use Initiative at MGH.

We then move west on November 7th to The Highlands of Life Care Centers of America in Fitchburg where William H. Johnson, LICSW, President of WHJ Social Work Consulting & Staffing will present Working with Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders. This is an evening presentation with a light dinner offered.

We are teaming up with SALMON Health and Retirement at Whitney Place Assisted Living and Memory Care in Sharon MA on Saturday November 17th to offer Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) Training.  The course will be taught by Diane C. Tonelli, OTR/L, MHA, CDP, CADDCT, Clinical Director of the Tapestry Program for memory care at SALMON Health and Retirement.  Diane has devoted much of her career to the field of dementia and dementia training. The course runs for 8 hours and will be held from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, with a continental breakfast served from 8:00 to 8:30 and lunch provided, as well. A tour of the beautiful Whitney Place community will be offered mid-day.  Upon completion of the course, participants will be provided an application to become a Certified Dementia Practitioners by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) if qualified.

Whitney Place will generously sponsor the fee for certification application for those that qualify ($125), the course book ($25) and the usual fee of attendance to this program ($200-$350)  a value of more than $500. This is a great opportunity for our members who work with Geriatric or Dementia programs to obtain certification in this special field. This program is predicted to be very popular so register soon.  7 RN, CCM and SW hours will be awarded as well.

We would like to thank Maureen Ferguson for her continued dedication to our extension, she had a busy summer with family celebrations and moving to Massachusetts while still supporting us amongst all  the chaos.

We look forward to seeing a good deal of members at the annual Conference. The Massachusetts Extension is always welcome to volunteers, so if you would like to get involved and gain experience in program planning, committee functions, etc. contact the CMSNE office at and an Extension member will reach out to you.

Yours in the Profession of Case Management, Virginia Heikkinen & Ken King

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The Massachusetts Extension is always welcome to volunteers, so if you would like to get involved and gain experience in program planning, committee functions, etc. contact the CMSNE office at and an extension member will reach out to you.

Yours in professional case management practice,

Ken King and Virginia Heikkinen, MA Extension Co-Chairs

Massachusetts Events

Date & Location

Program Title


Friday, October 19, 2018
Spaulding Rehab Hospital
Charlestown, MA
Breakfast Program 8:00 AM

Post Case Management Week Celebration
and Educational Program

The Opioid Epidemic and Caring For Patients
 With Substance Use Disorders

Sponsored by: 

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

Working with Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders

Sponsored by: 

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Whitney Place at Sharon
Sharon, MA
8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) Training

Sponsored by: 

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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