Please join the Education Law Practice Group on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 from 4:30 – 6:00 P.M. at the MBA in Boston with guest speakers Carly Sebastian and Lester Blumberg from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Please click here to RSVP.
The Education Law Practice Group is excited to have Lester Blumberg and Carly Sebastian from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) joining us to talk about the services the DMH provides, including working in partnerships with schools. Blumberg and Sebastian will provide an insider’s look at DMH, the continuum of services available and how the DMH can support students. Blumberg will also discuss the DMH’s new policy position on residential placements that was issued on Oct. 20, 2019.
Lester Blumberg, Esq. has worked for the Massachusetts DMH since 1992, and presently serves as general counsel to the agency. Prior to assuming that role, he served as the chief of staff, and as legal counsel to the DMH, first as an assistant general counsel, then as deputy general counsel. He received his JD from Northeastern University School of Law, a master’s in child development from Tufts University, and a bachelor’s degree from Clark University. Prior to joining the DMH, he was in private practice. He has been a frequent presenter at DMH and continuing legal education training programs dealing with mental health, civil commitment reform, guardianship, special education, juvenile law and child custody issues.
Carly Sebastian, LICSW, is the director of Child Youth and Family Services for the DMH in Central Massachusetts. Her career in human services began more than 20 years ago with a drive and passion to help some of the commonwealth’s most vulnerable populations. She began her service with DMH as a child and adolescent case manager, then moved to the role of program manager, overseeing the Service Authorization Department for youth and adults. As director, she is charged with overseeing the service delivery network, which includes both the DMH and contracted agencies for children, adolescents, young adults and their families. The DMH, as the Mental Health Authority, has afforded her the unique role of providing direct support as well as a partner with the community to collaborate in eliminating mental health discrimination and improve accessibility to early intervention. Sebastian is also an adjunct professor at Mount Wachusett Community College.
Please submit any questions you may have for Carly Sebastian and Lester Blumberg ahead of time. You may email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your question(s). The deadline for all inquiries is Nov. 19. Please note that all questions will be anonymous.
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Date: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Massachusetts Bar Association; 20 West St., Boston
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.