New Item: Crisis Prevention Institute Offers Free Consultations for School Leaders in Preparation for 2022-23 Schoo – Benzinga

CPI training programs provide strategies and techniques for educators to build a positive school culture

MILWAUKEE (PRWEB) June 29, 2022

As school leaders prepare for the 2022-23 school year, a one-size-fits-all strategy is not sufficient in tackling school and district needs, including training and resources to fulfill behavior management and staff development goals. With that in mind, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), the world leader in de-escalation and workplace violence prevention, today announced the availability of free consultations. Free consultations are a critical first step in building a positive school culture for both students and staff.

The U.S. Department of Education reported over 100,000 students were secluded or restrained in a single school year in 2017. Various states are now passing new laws to address these concerning statistics. For example, a new law will ban Florida teachers and other school staff from using mechanical restraints on students in sixth grade or higher starting in July of 2022. CPI teaches that restraints are only to be used as a last resort in behavioral emergencies to protect and maintain safety for the individual in distress and others who could be affected. Any training in the use of physical restraints should be all-encompassing and part of a strong de-escalation plan. Physical restraints should be aligned with school, district, state, and federal regulations and reporting. CPI is offering free consultations to ensure school staff are confident in managing student behavior when returning to class this fall. CPI training prepares and empowers educators, administrators, counselors, and school support professionals with the tools and resources they need so they can focus on creating the highest quality learning environment possible.

“Two years of ever-changing school climates have caused educators to encounter more challenging situations than ever before. Trauma-induced behavior and anxiety are no longer the outliers in the classroom; they are the norm,” said Susan Driscoll, President of CPI. “These all act as precipitating factors—internal or external triggers for behavior—that can lead to crisis scenarios in the classroom. When these escalations occur, having the skills necessary to de-escalate is critical to ensuring the safest outcomes for everyone involved. By offering free consultations to districts we hope to better support schools in their efforts of promoting a positive school climate and culture this fall.”

There are a variety of reasons why a school or district may consider adding de-escalation training to their behavior management initiatives, including:

  • Addressing challenging/disruptive student behaviors
  • Increasing staff retention and development opportunities
  • Reducing the use of restraints
  • Looking for a proactive approach to behavior management
  • Looking to mitigate crises
  • Improving student outcomes

For more than 40-years, CPI training programs have provided strategies and techniques for all levels of educational professionals, from district administrators to classroom staff. These strategies focus on the Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security of all students and staff with evidence-based, trauma-informed behavior management and crisis prevention approaches. According to a CPI survey, 96% of customers saw significant improvement in staff de-escalation skills and overall safety.

To schedule a free consultation, visit this link.

To learn more about CPI, visit

About Crisis Prevention Institute:

Crisis Prevention Institute is a world-leading training organization specializing in the safe management of disruptive and assaultive behavior. The Company’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program is embraced worldwide by organizations committed to providing quality care and services in a respectful, safe environment. The strategies taught in the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program provide staff members with an effective framework for decision making and problem solving to prevent, de-escalate, and safely respond to disruptive or assaultive behavior. The philosophy relating to Care, Welfare, Safety, and SecuritySM expands throughout the continuum of interventions that are necessary when working toward reduction or elimination of restraint use.

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New Item: Q&A: Candidates for U.S. Senator – Seven Days

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The founders of the country divided the U.S. Congress into two chambers — the House and the Senate. Together, they make up the legislative branch of the federal government. The House and the Senate pass bills; the president decides whether to sign the bills into law.

There are a few important differences between the two. Representation in the 435-member House is based on population. So California, Texas and New York have many more representatives than small states like Vermont. But in the Senate, all states are equal. Two senators represent each one, giving smaller states more per-capita influence.

The way the Senate is structured also makes it easier for the minority party to block the will of the majority, most famously through use of the filibuster, a tactic unique to the Senate. Checking this move requires a supermajority of 60 votes — difficult to muster in the current evenly divided Senate.

Unlike House members, who serve two-year terms, senators serve for six years — longer even than the president. And just a third of them are up for reelection at a time.

It’s a place that’s slow to change, but Vermonters will feel it shift this year: The Senate’s longest serving member, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), is retiring after nearly a half century of service. Three Democrats and three Republicans are competing to be their party’s Senate candidate in the November general election.



Grassroots organizer, executive director of Action Corps, first high school student with a vote on the Vermont State Board of Education

Why are you running?

We need a new voice in Washington because the system is not working for most people. We need a leader who brings the concerns of everyday Vermonters to the Senate. Taking up the hard fight is what I have always done and is exactly what I will do as Senator.

Three accomplishments that qualify you:

Played key role in passing VT legislation to expand dental workforce and access to care.

Coordinated 100+ organizations representing millions of Americans that secured in 2021 the largest global economic relief ever.

Organized largest anti-war mobilization since 2003, World Says No to War on Yemen Global Day of Action, in 2021, endorsed by 400 organizations in 30 countries.

Do you support ending the filibuster?

Yes. We must restore confidence in our government. We do that by allowing majority rule and getting rid of procedural games that stop progress. The filibuster is being used to block critical reforms, like protecting voters’ rights. The crises facing us require action, and the filibuster must go.

What should we do on the federal level to reduce gun violence?

I will support the expansion of background checks and red flag laws, raising the age for purchase of assault weapons, and enforcement of laws on the books. I will work to ensure that gun manufacturers like Daniel Defense that market assault weapons to teenagers are barred from Pentagon contracts.

Do you support the basing of the F-35 fighter jets at BTV? If not, what would you do to move them?

I stand with Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski majorities in opposing the F-35s. Congressman Welch, who supported the basing, took tens of thousands of dollars from F-35 contractors. I challenged the congressman on F-35s in our June VPR debate. I will work to cut off Pentagon funding for the basing.

Name a Vermonter who inspires you.

Sen. Jim Jeffords inspired me because of his independence and courage. A lifelong member of the Republican Party, he left his party when it no longer reflected his values. That decision shifted the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. I strive for that level of integrity and bravery.

Who will your allies in the Senate be?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is a strong ally. I have worked closely with his office on food security, foreign policy, and defense of congressional war powers. I would also look to Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey as key allies on climate, economic justice and peace.

In an increasingly polarized Congress, how would you interact with members of the opposing party?

I will continue to stay true to my values while finding common ground across party lines. I worked with Democratic and Republican lawmakers and constituent groups to advance life-saving legislation. I helped pass bipartisan efforts on congressional war powers and COVID relief in a divided Congress.


Emergency physician at a hospital in Randolph, VT EMS District 8 medical advisor, president of the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians

Why are you running?

I know I can help more Vermonters in D.C. than I can one by one in the E.R. I have seen firsthand how the American health care system is hurting Vermonters — that needs to change. I want to improve health care, combat climate change, and work towards equity for all.

Three accomplishments that qualify you:

Past chair of the Town of Hartford Democratic Committee; past vice-chair of the Windsor County Democratic Committee

Vice-chair of the Town of Hartford Energy Commission

Besides being the president of the American College of Emergency Physicians Vermont Chapter, I have been very active nationally, promoting policies and passing resolutions on firearm safety, workplace violence and other issues

Do you support ending the filibuster?

Yes. The filibuster is a nondemocratic, outdated tradition that, while first being created to stop civil rights protections, has evolved to be used to prevent voting on any progressive legislation. If it isn’t abolished, we will not see legislation passed addressing gun violence and the attacks on voting rights.

What should we do on the federal level to reduce gun violence?

We must enhance background checks, instate mandatory waiting periods for firearm purchases and ban assault rifles. We must repeal the Dickey Amendment — a CDC funding freeze on firearm research. In the E.R. I already ask suicidal patients about firearms at home. This should be expanded to primary care settings.

Do you support the basing of the F-35 fighter jets at BTV? If not, what would you do to move them?

Not in the current form that they are today. We should disperse them amongst various airfields in New England and N.Y., each base having 2-3 jets. We could still protect the East Coast while significantly decreasing the number of flights in Vermont. Dispersing jets is strategically a better idea.

Name a Vermonter who inspires you.

Dr. Howard Dean. I admire his activism, policies and broad contributions as lieutenant governor, governor, presidential candidate and DNC chair. I admire Vermont for leading the nation with civil unions. I am inspired by his intellect, honesty, integrity, genuineness and sense of humor.

Who will your allies in the Senate be?

There are too many to mention, but this list are my Senate all-stars: Senators Schumer, Booker, Blumenthal, Duckworth, Durbin, Gillibrand, Hirono, Kaine, Klobuchar, Ossoff, Reed, Warnock, Warren and Whitehouse.

In an increasingly polarized Congress, how would you interact with members of the opposing party?

I would ask to meet with the members of the opposing party individually. I would find common ground to work on legislation. I’m very proud that I have bipartisan support. Every day in the ER, I treat patients and work with folks with extremely divergent political views from my own.


U.S. Representative since 2007

Why are you running?

This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. We’re facing affordability and climate crises with an imperiled democracy. It means that all of us must work to protect our democracy and help build stronger communities. I know we can address our challenges if we work together and bring the Vermont Way to Washington.

Three accomplishments that qualify you:

First, as Vermont’s congressional representative for the past 15 years, I listen to Vermonters and work to bring their values to Washington.

Second, I build coalitions to get things done, including starting the bipartisan Rural Broadband Caucus, which led to significant broadband investment in the infrastructure package.

Lastly, Bernie, Patrick and I have worked together every day to deliver for Vermont.

Do you support ending the filibuster?

Yes, the filibuster must be abolished if we are going to pass the critical legislation needed to address the multiple crises our nation faces. It’s unacceptable that bills cannot even be brought to the Senate floor for debate, let alone voted on, because of the filibuster.

What should we do on the federal level to reduce gun violence?

Congress is on the verge of passing the first significant gun safety legislation in over 20 years, but we must do more to address the gun violence epidemic. I support banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, universal background checks, and closing loopholes in the federal background check law.

Do you support the basing of the F-35 fighter jets at BTV? If not, what would you do to move them?

We must address community concerns while preserving the flying mission of the Vermont National Guard. Local residents have serious concerns about the noise caused by F-35s. It’s essential that the FAA, VT Guard, and the Department of Defense deliver federal resources to Vermont for more robust noise mitigation.

Name a Vermonter who inspires you.

Patrick Leahy. He has served Vermont so well and faithfully in the U.S. Senate for the past 48 years. Patrick has always put Vermonters and their values and aspirations first. His leadership and service to Vermont will never be surpassed.

Who will your allies in the Senate be?

Senator Sanders. I’ve worked closely with Bernie for decades. I was proud to receive his
endorsement on Day One of my campaign. We are both focused on doing all we can to deliver
for Vermonters, and we’d continue to be partners in that effort if I’m elected to the Senate.

In an increasingly polarized Congress, how would you interact with members of the opposing party?

Trust is essential to building a strong political system and strong communities. I believe
each of us, individually, has to treat one another with respect and civility. It’s the Vermont Way.
We build trust by working together to find solutions for shared problems in our districts.



Businessman, retired as an active duty Army officer in 2006

Why are you running?

Our constitutional rights and American way of life are threatened. I will provide desperately needed leadership for a better future for Vermont and America — not a future of dependency, control, reset. 42 years of relevant service: unmatched experience, performance, leadership to return to prosperity, order, limited government, under the constitution.

Three accomplishments that qualify you:

Leadership/Experience: West Point, 22+ years worldwide military service with NATO partners/allies, combat veteran, NYC 9/11 JFO; 5 years’ US Govt service, 20 Presidential Disaster Declarations.

Performance: 11+ years’ business success in highly competitive D.C. area serving US Govt; MBA.

Vermonter: Father, 3 teenagers in Vermont schools. VFW, American Legion, NRA, GoVT, Church of Annunciation.

Do you support ending the filibuster?

No, I do not support ending the filibuster. The filibuster is part of the Senate rules and political process of Senate actions.

What should we do on the federal level to reduce gun violence?

I believe the root cause of mass shootings such as Buffalo and Uvalde is mental health, where the resources have gone from 300 to 15 beds per 100k. I would sponsor resources, and processes, for federal/state mental health capabilities, to identify/treat individuals with warning signs.

Do you support the basing of the F-35 fighter jets at BTV? If not, what would you do to move them?

If Vermonters want them moved I would discuss relocation, options, and economic/revenue/defense/cost considerations and impacts with local residents and business/city/state/federal organizations. I know many military current leaders: I could possibly get it done, maybe a win-win to a remote Vermont area.

Name a Vermonter who inspires you.

Calvin Coolidge from the past: a man of honor, public servant that respected the constitution, treated everyone with respect, promoted economic prosperity and education, with a budget surplus. Vermont representative Bob Helm as a Vermonter from the present: veteran with 32 years of dedicated public service to Vermont.

Who will your allies in the Senate be?

Any Senator willing to take the harder right over the easier wrong, not stuck on getting re-elected and spending recklessly. I will build consensus and support for a common goal with all Senators that are unwavering in commitment to abiding by the constitution, promoting prosperity, and ensuring order.

In an increasingly polarized Congress, how would you interact with members of the opposing party?

I am engaging, a good listener, and able to develop relationships. I will continue these traits with all MOCs. I will represent and act in the interests of Vermonters, Vermont, and the United States, and will interact with all MOCs to support results for Vermonters, Vermont, and the United States.


Businessperson, 35-year career in finance and banking

Why are you running?

I am running to be the voice of the people: a voice of commonsense conservatism. I want to build the Vermont economy and liberate us from the failed liberal policies of the past.

Three accomplishments that qualify you:

Married and raised a family, while overseeing the corporate relocation of over 300,000 high-paying jobs within America.

Initiated the transformation of Times Square into a business district.

Acted as the exclusive real estate advisor to governor Pataki in the resettlement of nearly 900 companies from the WTC buildings after the destruction of the attacks on 9/11.

Do you support ending the filibuster?

No, the filibuster must remain as an important tool for the minority to check the party in power. We cannot eviscerate our bicameral legislature, and we cannot allow the Senate to become an extension of the House. However, we can, and should, look for ways to stop filibuster abuse.

What should we do on the federal level to reduce gun violence?

Any mass shooting is unacceptable. However, laws alone will not stop violence, and we cannot punish the law-abiding for the actions of the lawless. The 2nd Amendment should remain unchanged. We must increase mental health support and earnestly look for ways to reform the carceral state.

Do you support the basing of the F-35 fighter jets at BTV? If not, what would you do to move them?

I am willing to discuss alternatives with all stakeholders.

Name a Vermonter who inspires you.

George Aiken – a Republican senator for three decades, he steered the federal government to action on inflation and unemployment, promoted federal aid to education and farmers, and played a historical role as national peacemaker. With a strong heart and able mind, he represented all Vermonters well.

Who will your allies in the Senate be?

My allies will be those Senators — from any party — who choose to be pragmatic in helping Vermont families. I will work across the aisle to get legislation passed that stops runaway inflation, ends skyrocketing fuel and gas prices, and brings our fair share of federal funds back to Vermont.

In an increasingly polarized Congress, how would you interact with members of the opposing party?

I will lead with the firm belief that only love conquers hate, embracing others of different beliefs and parties. My ministerial training will be very effective in listening, not judging, and building consensus. We must really put the effort forth to understand each other so that we can work together.


Former U.S. attorney for Vermont, currently a partner at the law firm Sheehey Furlong & Behm

Why are you running?

I’m running because Vermonters need a fresh perspective. I will bring Vermont’s independent voice to D.C. We need a senator who will stand with our law enforcement, promote public safety, fight inflation and get our economy back on track. I’ll work with colleagues in both parties to do just that.

Three accomplishments that qualify you:

Overseeing historic growth at the U.S. Attorney’s Office by convincing D.C. to send unprecedented resources.

Increasing charges against dangerous offenders by more than 50 percent while also bringing cases of national significance, including the Folks human trafficking conviction, the EB5 charges and the Purdue Pharma conviction.

Joining forces with treatment and prevention communities to fight the substance-use disorder crisis.

Do you support ending the filibuster?

No. It is incredibly short-sighted to end the filibuster. The filibuster is there to give the minority party a voice and influence. It also promotes bipartisanship. Terminating the filibuster would have negative consequences for both parties and Vermonters.

What should we do on the federal level to reduce gun violence?

I am a supporter of the bipartisan gun legislation that came out of the Senate negotiations, which I would have led had I been in the Senate. We also need more mental health and school safety funding. I believe in promoting red flag laws nationwide.

Do you support the basing of the F-35 fighter jets at BTV? If not, what would you do to move them?

I absolutely support keeping the F-35 in Vermont. We are the first National Guard station to house them, and we should fight to keep them here. They provide a technological advantage to the battlefield for our troops and they bring jobs to Vermont. Thank you to the National Guard!

Name a Vermonter who inspires you.

Justice Nancy Waples, who was recently sworn in as associate justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. Justice Waples has exactly the legal background and temperament one would hope for in a justice. The story of her upbringing is deeply moving, and she is known for always treating people well.

Who will your allies in the Senate be?

Senator Susan Collins is someone I admire and I believe I would govern in her way. I am pleased to have support from her and other leading Senators and I will work well with Senators in both parties who want to get results , rather than engage in constant partisan gridlock.

In an increasingly polarized Congress, how would you interact with members of the opposing party?

The same way I did as U.S. Attorney — by listening, treating others with civility and finding common ground, rather than trying to score political points. We can work together to tackle serious issues facing Vermonters and we can do it with fresh perspective and new leadership.

Source: Ross Arrowsmith

New Item: OSHA releases updated agenda for rulemaking – Lexology

On June 21, 2022, the Department of Labor released the Spring 2022 rulemaking agenda. The dates listed on the schedule are non-binding but reflect priority issues for OSHA.

The newly published agenda makes clear that the much-anticipated heat illness rules remain at the “pre-rule” stage, and it is unclear when the agency will publish proposed rules related to the same. Similarly, rules related to the prevention of workplace violence in health care and social assistance remain delayed, with the current schedule showing a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act review in September 2022.

However, OSHA has shared a number of target dates for items that it intends to move forward to proposed rules including, but not limited to:

  • A proposed rule for infectious diseases in health care and other high-risk environments with a target date of issuance of mid-2023;
  • A proposed updated lock-out/tag-out rule due to technological advancements for the same with a target date of release of March 2023;
  • A proposed rule clarifying the fit of personal protection equipment in the construction industry currently slated for some time in September 2022; and
  • A proposed rule concerning fall hazards in shipyards, specifically to include scaffolds and ladders slated for December 2022.

A final action for the hazardous communication (or “HazCom”) standard, which could result in stricter labeling requirements, has a target date of December 2022. The recently released proposed rule for recordkeeping and reporting workplace accidents, making changes to the current rules, which have historically seen challenges, may also see a final action as of December 2022. Finally, the higher profile and hotly contested COVID-19 standard for infection prevention in the healthcare industry may be issued as early as September 2022. Review other agenda items and monitor the schedule for the items above here.

Source: Ross Arrowsmith

New Item: School officials raise concerns about student threats | News | – Pacific Daily News

The second day of the Guam Department of Education’s three-day health and safety conference had school administrators voice issues with the Guam Police Department’s response to school threats.

The forum, held Wednesday at the Tiyan High School Gymnasium, presented an opportunity for school administrators and GPD officials to discuss safety programs for Guam DOE schools, that included a session on identifying workforce and domestic violence.

“The objective will be to educate employees in order to minimize the likelihood of violence in the workplace,” said GPD Lieutenant Anthony Arriola, who explained that the forum will help define key terms related to workplace violence, in addition to helping school officials identify potential risk factors and warning signs of violent behavior.

School administrators also were given the opportunity to ask questions of law enforcement officers with regard to school safety.

Along with asking for clarifications about specific safety procedures, administrators spoke about situations they have recently encountered where GPD’s response was less than satisfactory.

However, Sgt. Paul Tapao said that with services not being rendered, he believes working directly with the respective precinct commander, GPD can address some of the concerns.

“Again, please understand that unless a crime has been committed, the Guam Police Department’s response is going to be at the highest here, with the property and of course, with the availability of personnel,” Tapao said, explaining the police department also has other duties outside of the schools.

Additionally, Tapao said it’s beneficial for the police department to hear these concerns because the purpose of the forum is to help inform school administrators on ways they can work with GPD to prevent and respond to campus safety threats.

“These are things we need to identify our shortfalls and these are things we’re going to address within the respective command, and of course within the respective agencies within our police department,” Tapao said.

Contact reporter Julianne

Hernandez at jhernandez@ or 671-488-1439.

Source: Ross Arrowsmith

New Item: House Democrats roll out reproductive rights bill in Mass. – WBUR News

Representatives could vote as soon as Wednesday on a reproductive care access measure responding to last week’s seismic U.S. Supreme Court decision as well as legislation reforming the health insurance practice known as step therapy.

Four days after the nation’s high court struck down the national right to abortion enshrined in the Roe v. Wade decision, the House rolled out a 21-page bill (H 4930) shielding providers of reproductive and gender-affirming care as well as their patients from out-of-state legal action.

It would declare that access to both reproductive health care and gender-affirming care — a term covering the wide range of services treating gender dysphoria — is a “right secured by the constitution or laws” of Massachusetts.

The bill outlines broad liability protections for both providers who offer abortions, which remain legal in Massachusetts following the Supreme Court’s ruling, and related care as well as for patients who receive them.

Licensing boards would be forbidden from disciplining professionals for providing or assisting reproductive care and gender-affirming care. Massachusetts police would also be barred from providing any information or assistance to federal agencies, another state’s law enforcement, or private citizens seeking to take action against someone for services such as abortion legally provided in the Bay State, and the governor could not extradite someone to another state to face charges for seeking that kind of care here.

The House’s proposal additionally seeks to boost access to emergency contraception, calling for the Department of Public Health to issue a statewide standing order allowing licensed pharmacists to dispense those drugs.

Senators already approved similar legal shields and emergency contraception access as part of their fiscal year 2023 state budget in late May, after the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe but before the decision became official.

Sen. Cindy Friedman, an Arlington Democrat, said at the time the measure was designed to bulwark against “bounty-style provisions” on the books in Texas and Oklahoma empowering residents in those states to pursue legal action against fellow Texans and Oklahomans who travel to Massachusetts for abortions, related care or gender-affirming services or to sue the providers who offer those options.

Other sections of the House bill that do not feature in the Senate budget amendment would mandate that health insurers cover abortions and related services without imposing deductibles, co-pays or cost-sharing requirements, allow providers of reproductive and gender-affirming health care to have their home addresses made confidential, and permit abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy in cases of a “severe” fetal anomaly in addition to already-allowed cases involving “fatal” fetal anomalies.

In a statement to the News Service, Senate President Karen Spilka praised the House’s bill and said there are “many pathways” lawmakers could take to protect access to reproductive health care.

“What is happening with reproductive rights in America is a national emergency, and so we need all hands on deck to ensure our residents, providers and insurers are protected as we seek to ensure that abortion remains safe and legal in Massachusetts,” Spilka said. “I applaud the House for adopting much of the language the Senate already passed in the bill that they released today, and we look forward to debating a version of this bill when it comes to the Senate. There are many pathways towards enshrining the Commonwealth’s reproductive health care access in to law, and so we look forward to a passing a final bill which confirms our resolve to protect reproductive rights.”

Spilka and House Speaker Ronald Mariano huddled privately Monday after scrapping their semi-regular joint meeting with Gov. Charlie Baker at the last minute.

Baker, a Republican, issued an executive order hours after the high court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson that his office says will protect Massachusetts reproductive care providers from professional liability for services legal here and ban public agencies in the Bay State from cooperating with reproductive care-related extradition attempts originating elsewhere.

The governor — who in 2020 vetoed a bill codifying a right to abortion in state law while citing concerns with sections dealing with abortions later in pregnancy and the age of consent for the practice — said Monday the order would “keep providers here in Massachusetts safe and would provide relief to people from other states who came here seeking those services safe as well.”

The House gave initial approval on Tuesday to the reproductive care bill and three others addressing step therapy (H 4929), pesticide use (H 4931), and a legal settlement related to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home COVID-19 outbreak (H 4932) after the chamber’s Ways and Means Committee favorably advanced the quartet.

Twenty-two representatives on the committee voted in favor of advancing the reproductive care bill, while seven reserved their rights instead of supporting or outright opposing the measure, according to a committee spokesperson, who provided aggregate totals but did not detail how each individual lawmaker voted. The three other bills all advanced with 28 votes in favor and one representative who reserved their rights.

Representatives have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file amendments to all four bills, which could hit the floor for debate and votes in a formal session on Wednesday.

Step therapy bills have been filed for years proposing changes to the practice in which an insurer declines to cover a prescribed care option until after a patient has already tried a cheaper alternative. The Senate unanimously passed a step therapy bill at the very end of the last legislative session, but it did not get a House vote.

Mariano telegraphed the House’s interest in addressing step therapy earlier this month when he told reporters that “we have potentially maybe a workplace violence bill and a step therapy bill that we’re trying to get done.”

The House also teed up a bill setting aside $56 million to fund a class action settlement the Baker administration reached stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home that killed at least 76 veterans.

Under the terms of the settlement reached in May, estates of deceased veterans would receive at least $400,000 and veterans who contracted the virus but did not die would receive at least $10,000.

State House News Service’s Colin A. Young contributed to this report

Source: Ross Arrowsmith

New Item: Integrates with Brivo to Address Workplace Violence by Automating Threat Detection in Access Control – Officer

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New Item: Northern Ireland Department of Health Seeking Consultation about Draft Whistleblower Framework, Workplace Violence – Whistleblowers Protection Blog

On June 27, Robin Swann, the Health Minister for Northern Ireland, announced two public consultations on model frameworks, one about whistleblowing and the other about workplace violence and aggression.

According to the news release, the consultations “will seek views on how we protect Health and Social Care (HSC) staff and provide an environment in which they feel safe and confident to carry out their duties and to raise concerns if need be.”

Swann highlights the importance of whistleblowers, stating: “The capability for anyone to raise a concern with HSC bodies in the interests of the public is an intrinsic means of ensuring services continuously improve and that patient safety is assured.” He added, “It is crucial that we create an environment for individuals, be they staff or service users, to raise concerns which fall under the public interest and feel confident that they are safe to come forward and report these using the appropriate channels.”

The press release states that the Department of Health “engaged with HSC bodies and Trade Unions to develop a draft regional policy in relation to Raising a Concern in the Public Interest (Whistleblowing).” The work to develop the policy stemmed from a review conducted by Northern Ireland’s Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA). RQIA’s review investigated “the operation of Whistleblowing arrangements within HSC organisations.” According to Swann, the review provided “recommendations in relation to ensuring accountability within HSC organisations in relation to patient safety and improving services through a focus on identifying misconduct, poor practice and lessons learned, which this policy will play a part in addressing.”

The consultation, undertaken by the Department of Health’s Pay and Employment Branch, is seeking comments on the final draft of the Raising a Concern in the Public Interest (Whistleblowing) HSC Framework and Model Policy, according to the consultation information document. The consultation is seeking input from health bodies and professionals as well as the general public, and individuals are able to submit comments from June 27 to August 26. Responses can be submitted online, via email to P&, or by sending a hard copy of a comment to: Workforce Policy Directorate, Room D1, Castle Buildings, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3SJ.

The other consultation Swann announced on June 27 relates to a draft framework on Violence and Aggression in the Workplace. The document is “[a] framework for HSC employers and staff to prevent, reduce and respond to violence and aggression in the workplace.” Individuals can submit to the consultation in the same ways listed above.

Learn more about the consultation about the whistleblowing framework here. 

Read the press release here. 

Read more whistleblower news from around the world on WNN.

Source: Ross Arrowsmith

New Item: USPOULTRY details topics for 2022 National Safety Conference – MEAT+POULTRY

TUCKER, GA. — Georgia Tech Research Institute/ATRP and the US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) are cosponsoring the National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry, which will be held Aug. 15-17 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Fla. The conference aims to give poultry facility and safety professionals resources to promote health and protection of personnel.

The 2022 National Safety Conference planning committee includes Adrienne Allison, Tyson Foods Inc.; Darrell Bradfield, Butterball LLC; Doug Britton, Georgia Institute of Technology; Cindy Camp, Harrison Poultry Inc.; Frank Cruice, Perdue Farms; Josh Dozier, Simmons Foods Inc.; James Ferrell, Foster Farms; Ronnie Franklin, Fieldale Farms Corp.; Reggie McLee, Wayne Farms LLC; Kyle Price, Farbest Foods Inc.; David Schaller, Darling Ingredients Inc.; Lori Springer, Maple Leaf Farms; Larry Stine, Wimberly Lawson Steckel Schneider & Stine. P.C.; and Kari Waters, Pilgrim’s. 

“This year’s National Safety Conference will include key presentations on important industry topics and updates on government policy,” said Adrienne Allison, program committee chairperson and Tyson’s safety director. “Highlights will include a presentation on safety’s response in an avian influenza outbreak, a workplace violence panel, whole health after injury and managing heat stress. This is a great opportunity for furthering education and connecting with your peers.”

Other topics and sessions include:

  • A Safety Leader’s Professional Development Journey
  • Incident Investigation Training
  • What Should Safety Professionals Be Asking?
  • Safety Innovation Winners Best Practices
  • Safety’s Role During Crisis Events
  • Ask a Lawyer
  • Announcement of Safety Innovation Awards

The full agenda with more information can be found on the USPOULTRY website.

Source: Ross Arrowsmith

New Item: Washoe County offers legal aid to harassed county employees – The Associated Press – en Español

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Washoe County has established a legal assistance fund for county employees who’ve been unfairly attacked or harassed in public as tempers increasingly flare during hostile confrontations over election procedures and other controversies.

The legal and personal services approved this week will be available to county workers, but not elected officials, The Reno Gazette Journal reported.

“What we’re trying to do is make sure that the rights of our employees are protected,” County Manager Eric Brown said.

“We’ve seen situations where the public discourse has gotten increasingly hostile,” he said.

The county commission voted 3-1 on Tuesday to authorize the county manager to spend a total of up to $150,000 per fiscal year on such efforts. The $150,000 cap applies to the entire fund, not each individual who would be eligible to draw from it.

Any expenditures beyond the $150,000 would require specific approval from the commission.

Brown said the county has a responsibility as an employer to make sure it’s supporting its employees.

“We have had situations where county employees – not elected officials – have received death threats, have received malicious and fictitious claims made against them,” he said. “Some of this has been extremely hurtful to their families.”

The assistance would be available to employees who are “unfairly publicly attacked, harassed, or disparaged by members of the public or political organizations,” according to the language approved by the commissioners.

A background report by county staff said “aggressive comments, threats, conspiracy theories and false accusations … can have the impact of deterring qualified individuals from continuing their careers in government service with the county or discouraging individuals who may be considering careers in government service.”

Brown said the initiative would help employees — especially those without the wherewithal to retain their own counsel or other resources — to defend themselves.

“It is in no way any attempt to suppress criticism of any elected official or public official,” he said.

Commissioners Alexis Hill, Kitty Jung and Bob Lucey voted in favor, Jeanne Herman was opposed, and Vaughn Hartung was absent.

Public comment was strongly against this proposal, calling it a slush fund and worse.

“You want to give these people that make over $100,000 a stipend for legal fees when they screw up?” said Kenji Otto, who ran and came in second in the Republican primary for county clerk. “Give me a break. You people are disgusting.”

Kris Engstrom spoke in favor of the proposal, saying that over the lunch break she’d been watching Jan. 6 hearing testimony in Washington, with people describing mobs entering their homes and ruining their lives.

“It’s clear from some of the hostility in this room that this could happen to workers who are just doing their jobs … working for the county,” Engstrom said during the commission meeting.

One commenter, Val White, said staff could get more insurance for legal coverage if they want it.

“If you think you’re going to be harassed or criticized, it’s not our responsibility to pay for your extra legal expenses,” she said.

White described it as setting up a large bank account to use for legal fees to attack residents “who dare displease us with their comments.”

The language approved by the commission says eligibility for assistance would be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Washoe County Manager with input from the Washoe County Workplace Violence Committee.

“The objective of the program would be to provide employees support against attacks, harassment, or disparagement that occur or originate outside of the workplace but that relate in some significant degree to the role of the subject employees as employees of the county.”

Source: Ross Arrowsmith