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Council applauds Senate’s passage of CHINS reform

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Council applauds Senate's passage of CHINS reform
Bill would update 38-year-old system and overhaul services for families, children

BOSTON - The Providers' Council on Thursday applauded the State Senate's unanimous passage of legislation designed to help children and families receive services they need before children have to go to court and face a judge.

The Providers' Council supports the changes and testified in support of the legislation in March. The bill would replace the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) system with one known as Families and Children Engaged in Services (FACES). While children had to go through the juvenile court system to receive assistance under CHINS, one of the main goals of FACES is to keep children out of the courts.

"I began my career in human services working in the then-new CHINS system, which was revolutionary at the time, but it is now in need of major reform if we are to help children realize their full potential," said Providers' Council President and CEO Michael Weekes.

"I applaud the Senate for their unanimous passage of this important legislation, and it is my hope that the House will follow suit so Governor Patrick may sign this new system into law."

The Providers' Council, also known as the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc., is the largest statewide membership association for community-based organizations providing social, rehabilitation, education and health care services.