Drug Endangered Children's Initiative/Handle with Care

  • DEC Academy Training Kick-off

    DEC welcomeKicking off our statewide training for more than 80 professionals from 11 counties in Massachusetts to address the needs of drug endangered children.

    We are all working together to change the lives of children and stop cycles of substance use abuse.

    Thank you National DEC for helping Massachusetts lead the way.

  • Childhood Trauma Initiative- Trauma Sensitive Training- Brockton Fire Dept.

    DA Cruz at BFDDistrict Attorney Tim Cruz presented a training to the Brockton Fire Department on childhood trauma.

    First responders will now be able to recognize and respond to childhood trauma on-scene and will promote resiliency for children and families in the City of Brockton.





  • Handle with Care: National DECI- Planning meeting for DEC Academy

    DA CruzWe are expanding our Handle with Care efforts and reach with the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.  Through the Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force, our office is teaming up with Plymouth County Sheriff Joe McDonald, Worcester DA Joe Early, Bridgewater State University President Fred Clark and United Way of Greater Plymouth County’s Dennis Carman.

    Committed partnerships drive success!

  • Handle With Care Program- Virtual Launch Plymouth Public Schools

    Please join District Attorney Tim Cruz, Chief Mike Botieri, Dr. Chris Campbell, Melinda Kneeland and Ed Jacoubs as they announce the virtual launch of the Handle With Care Program in the Plymouth Public Schools.

  • MOVA- Trauma Informed Respose to aid drug endangered children during COVID

    Sharing our work on Adverse Childhood Experiences and our office’s response during COVID-19.

    We continue to adapt our methods so that our efforts will survive beyond the era of social distancing.

    Thank you to Massachusetts MOVA  for hosting this Zoom webinar.



  • Relaunch of the Handle with Care Program in Plymouth County

    On February 25, 2021- District Attorney Tim Cruz kicked off the relaunch of the Handle with Care Program across Plymouth County.

    District Attorney Cruz and the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) first implemented the “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” model as a pilot program in the  Brockton Public Schools in 2008.

    The goal was two-fold:

    1. To treat the child victims and witnesses of violence by treating their exposure to adverse childhood experiences.
    2. To prevent the next generation of abusers.

    District Attorney Cruz and members of his staff trained the West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice on the “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” model.  In turn, the West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice used the training to develop the “Handle with Care” communication protocol to help schools better identify students with ACEs.

    West Virginia first implemented “Handle with Care” at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School in Charleston, WV in 2013.

    Prior to this relaunch, the Handle with Care Program has been utilized in a several of our school districts across Plymouth County, under various titles.  This relaunch now brings a cohesive county-wide approach to this program.

    The way the Handle with Care program works:

    If a law enforcement officer encounters a child during a call, that child’s information is forwarded to the school before the school bell rings the next day. The school implements individual, class and whole school trauma-sensitive curricula so that traumatized children are “Handled With Care”. If a child needs more intervention, on-site trauma-focused mental healthcare is available at the school.

  • Handle with Care Training- Brockton- February 1, 2021

    DECI training BrocktonTraditional support systems for children typically in place in a school setting look different this year.

    Zoom training at West Middle School in Brockton today so that educators are armed with the latest tools to help kids succeed.

    Thank you Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative.