Massachusetts law seeks to promote safety of social workers

Boston – Legislation recently signed into law by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) aims to improve the safety of social workers.

The law requires all direct service providers receiving funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services to supply workplace violence prevention and crisis response plans. The plans must be updated annually for social workers, human services workers, volunteers and other employees. In addition to outlining details that should be included in prevention plans, the law allows the office to offer training for employees.

The bill was signed as part of a supplemental budget on Feb. 15, and a bill-signing ceremony occurred March 8 to commemorate the legislation.

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