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State Budget Contains $100K for Safety Symposium in Honor of Slain Caseworker

The new budget to come out of conference committee for Fiscal 2013 includes $100,000 for the Stephanie Moulton Safety Symposium.

Peabody native and Senate Majority Leader Fred Berry announced Friday that the state budget for Fiscal 2013, which has passed through legislative conference committee, in honor of slain Peabody caseworker Stephanie Moulton.

Moulton was allegedly killed by a patient at the Revere mental health clinic where she worked on Jan. 20, 2011.

Both the Senate and House approved the budget on Thursday and it now awaits Gov. Deval Patrick's signature -- $100,000 is earmarked for the Stephanie Moulton Safety Symposium.

The annual event, which will be the first of its kind, will be hosted by the Department of Mental health to allow workers in the field to discuss best safety practices, policies and risk management and help avoid future tragedies.

“Ensuring that Stephanie’s name lives on in the symposium is significant so that we never forget the selfless work she did. It is critical that this is an annual event to provide a continuous conversation on best safety practices in these professions. I thank the legislature for recognizing the need and importance of this measure,” said Berry.

The forum is just one part of the overall effort to bring reforms and greater safety to workplaces in mental health facilities. At the forefront of that movement is Moulton's mother Kim Flynn, who has been advocating for a particular piece of legislation, Stephanie's Law, .

Berry has filed that legislation on behalf of Flynn and it appears on its way to approval.

Anne Manning-Martin June 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Congratulations to Senator Fred Berry and Mom Kim Flynn! This is an important initiative, keep up the great work!
J June 30, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Panic buttons are a great start, however in Stephanie's situation being an average size woman (based on the picture she looks to be an average size) with a male attacker, even a panic button would not ensure safety. The authorities still need time to respond and those few minutes waiting for help could be the difference between life and death. I know stun guns and tasers are not legal in MA, however something along those lines seems like it would be the best way for a DMH worker to protect themselves. These people need to be able to protect their own lives if the situation requires them to do so. Leaving anyone alone with mentally unstable people and a panic button is not enough. Those are non-lethal effective ways to stop an attacker immediately. Again I know they are illegal, I'm just saying something along those lines. Mace maybe? I'm not trying to sound negative, I think her Mom and Senator Berry have done a great job pushing for new laws. I just hope they continue to push until one day there is an effective system in place that will prevent this from ever happening to anyone else's daughter.

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