Postponed: Policymaker Roundtable with Senator Jennifer Flanagan
MNN is hosting its first Policymaker Roundtable of 2017 with Senator Jennifer Flanagan. Please note: Policymaker Roundtables are open to MNN members only. Learn about becoming an MNN member here.
Where: The NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111
When: POSTPONED (Please stay tuned for a new date)
Senator Flanagan is on the Board of Directors for the nationally recognized Women in Government. In addition, she serves as Chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. She is also a member of the Regional Transportation Authority Caucus, the Gateway Cities Caucus, the Non-Profit Caucus and the Foster Care Caucus.
She serves on the following boards in the community: the SHINE Advisory Board and the Leominster Education Foundation. She is an honorary board member of the Gardner Community Action Council.
Both in the House and Senate, Senator Flanagan had part in passing several key pieces of legislation relative to mental health. An Act Relative to Children’s Mental Health 2008, An Act Relative to Mental Health Parity 2008, An Act to Improve Access to Mental Health Services 2008, An Act Improving Emergency Access to Mental Health Services 2010, and Strengthening Mental Health Parity 2012.
In conjunction with her work on mental health policy, Senator Flanagan successfully passed two instrumental bills to address the opioid crisis plaguing the Commonwealth. The first, An Act to Increase Opportunities for Long-Term Substance Abuse Recovery, provides people with an opportunity to access treatment. As well as, An Act Relative to Substance Use Prevention, which seeks to avert people away from substances.
Senator Flanagan was appointed to serve on the following committees for the 2017-2018 legislative session: Chair of the Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recovery Committee, Chair of the Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Committee, and Vice Chair of the Public Health Committee. In addition to being a member of the Public Service Committee and Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. Senator Flanagan is also the Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Opioid Addiction and has been appointed to the Special Commission on Behavioral Health.
About MNN’s Policymaker Roundtable
In 2016, MNN launched its Policymaker Roundtable, which brings together MNN members and government leaders to have candid conversations about issues impacting the nonprofit sector.
We believe these meetings will not only benefit our members, but also increase the awareness and support for the vital work nonprofits undertake each and every day.
2016 Policymaker Roundtables:
Ronald L. Walker, II, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, December 12, 2016
Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services, September 14, 2016
Mary Beckman, Assistant Attorney General, April 15, 2016
Karen Spilka, State Senator, January 26, 2016