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					              Massachusetts Department of
              Elementary and Secondary Education
              75 Pleasant Street, Malden, Massachusetts 02148-4906         Telephone: (781) 338-3700
                                                                     TTY: N.E.T. Relay 1-800-439-2370


October 11, 2012


Liisa Kelly, Executive Director
Justice Resource Institute
Berkshire Meadows
160 Gould Street Suite 300
Needham, MA 02494

Re:    Mid-cycle Review and Verification of previous Program Review Corrective Action Plan

Dear Ms. Kelly:

Enclosed is the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (“Department”) Mid-
cycle Report based upon the Mid-cycle review conducted in your private school program in
September 2012. This Mid-cycle Review Report contains the Department's findings regarding
the implementation status and effectiveness of corrective steps taken in response to your
previous Program Review Report issued on April 23, 2010. This report also includes a report on
the status of implementation for new state or federal special education requirements enacted
since your program’s last Program Review.

We are pleased to indicate that the Department has found your program’s approved Corrective
Action Plan to be substantially implemented and effective in remedying previously identified
noncompliance issues. Additionally, we have determined that your program is in substantial
compliance with any new state or federal special education requirements enacted since your last
Program Review. You and your entire staff are to be congratulated for your efforts in
implementing all necessary improvements. Your program will now receive an updated status of
“Full Approval.” This approval shall remain in effect for three (3) years and will be contingent
upon continued compliance with all regulations contained within 603 CMR 28.00 “Special
Education Regulations” and 603 CMR 18.00 “Program And Safety Standards For Approved
Public Or Private Day And Residential Special Education School Programs.” The Department
may change this approval status at any point during this three-year period if circumstances arise
that warrant such a change.




The Department will notify you of your program’s next regularly scheduled Program Review
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several months before it is to occur. At this time we anticipate the next routine monitoring visit
is to occur sometime during the 2015-2016 school year, unless the Department determines that
there is some reason to schedule this visit earlier.

Please be advised that the attached Department Approval Certificate must be
conspicuously posted in a public place within the program as required by 603 CMR 28.09.

Your staff's cooperation throughout these follow-up monitoring activities is appreciated. Should
you require additional clarification of information included in our report, please do not hesitate
to contact the Onsite Team Chairperson at 781-338-3719.

Sincerely,


Amy B. Krukonis, Mid-cycle Review Chairperson
Program Quality Assurance Services


Darlene Lynch, Director
Program Quality Assurance Services

c:     Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
       Mary McCarthy, Chairperson, Board of Directors
       Cathy Greene, Local Program Review Coordinator

Encl.: Mid-cycle Review Report
       Full Private School Approval Certificate, Expiration Date: August 31, 2016




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                 MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF
              ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
                PRIVATE SCHOOL MID-CYCLE REVIEW

                                Justice Resource Institute

                                    Berkshire Meadows

                          MID-CYCLE REVIEW REPORT

Previous Program Review Corrective Action Plan Submitted on May 24, 2010
             Progress Reports Submitted on October 15, 2010
          Mid-cycle Onsite Visit Conducted on September 27, 2012
                   Date of this Report: October 11, 2012




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   Criterion      Implementation    Method(s) of            Comments Regarding                   Corrective          Findings Regarding     Further Corrective Action
   Number            Status of      Verification            Corrective Action Plan               Action Plan             Incomplete              Ordered by the
     and           Requirements                                Implementation                    Determined           Implementation of     Department of Elementary
    Topic                or                                                                       to be Not          Approved Corrective    and Secondary Education
                    Corrective                                                                      Fully               Action Plan or          and Timelines for
                    Action Plan                                                                 Implemented            Identification of      Implementation and
                    Determined                                                                        or             Additional Issues of       Further Progress
                       to be                                                                     Additional            Noncompliance               Reporting
                   Substantially                                                                    Issues
                   Implemented                                                                    Identified

                                                                                                       
                               Selected Approved Private School Program Mid-cycle Review Criteria
2.2 Approvals,                    Documentation        Berkshire Meadows has
Licenses,                                               current licenses, approvals and
Certificates of                                         certificates of inspection by
Inspection                                              state and local agencies as
18.04(1);                                               required.
28.09(2)(b)(5);
28.09(5) (b);
28.09(6) (b, c)

2.3 EEC                           Documentation        Berkshire Meadows has a
Licensure                                               current, full license from the
102 CMR 3.00                                            Department of Early
(Residential                                            Education and Care as
Programs                                                required.
only)



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   Criterion    Implementation    Method(s) of            Comments Regarding                   Corrective          Findings Regarding     Further Corrective Action
   Number          Status of      Verification            Corrective Action Plan               Action Plan             Incomplete              Ordered by the
     and         Requirements                                Implementation                    Determined           Implementation of     Department of Elementary
    Topic              or                                                                       to be Not          Approved Corrective    and Secondary Education
                  Corrective                                                                      Fully               Action Plan or          and Timelines for
                  Action Plan                                                                 Implemented            Identification of      Implementation and
                  Determined                                                                        or             Additional Issues of       Further Progress
                     to be                                                                     Additional            Noncompliance               Reporting
                 Substantially                                                                    Issues
                 Implemented                                                                    Identified

                                                                                                     
6.1 Daily                       Documentation        Berkshire Meadows is a 12
Instructional                                         month program that ensures
Hours                                                 each student receives a
603 CMR                                               minimum of 1188 instructional
27.04                                                 hours and operates a minimum
&                                                     of 216 days per year.
6.4 School
Days Per Year

603 CMR
27.05(2);
28.09(9)(a)

8.5 Current                     Documentation        Berkshire Meadows has
IEP & Student                    Student Record       current IEP’s for each enrolled
Roster                           Review               Massachusetts student that
                                                      have been issued by the
28.09(5)(a)                                           responsible public school
                                                      district and consented to and
                                                      dated by the student’s
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   Criterion     Implementation    Method(s) of            Comments Regarding                   Corrective          Findings Regarding     Further Corrective Action
   Number           Status of      Verification            Corrective Action Plan               Action Plan             Incomplete              Ordered by the
     and          Requirements                                Implementation                    Determined           Implementation of     Department of Elementary
    Topic               or                                                                       to be Not          Approved Corrective    and Secondary Education
                   Corrective                                                                      Fully               Action Plan or          and Timelines for
                   Action Plan                                                                 Implemented            Identification of      Implementation and
                   Determined                                                                        or             Additional Issues of       Further Progress
                      to be                                                                     Additional            Noncompliance               Reporting
                  Substantially                                                                    Issues
                  Implemented                                                                    Identified

                                                                                                      
                                                       parent(s).

11.3                             Documentation        Berkshire Meadows has
Educational                       Interview            designated an Educational
Administrator                                          Administrator who possesses
Qualifications                                         the qualifications to serve in
                                                       this position.
28.09(5)(a);
28.09(7)(a);
603 CMR
44.00




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   Criterion      Implementation    Method(s) of            Comments Regarding                   Corrective          Findings Regarding     Further Corrective Action
   Number            Status of      Verification            Corrective Action Plan               Action Plan             Incomplete              Ordered by the
     and           Requirements                                Implementation                    Determined           Implementation of     Department of Elementary
    Topic                or                                                                       to be Not          Approved Corrective    and Secondary Education
                    Corrective                                                                      Fully               Action Plan or          and Timelines for
                    Action Plan                                                                 Implemented            Identification of      Implementation and
                    Determined                                                                        or             Additional Issues of       Further Progress
                       to be                                                                     Additional            Noncompliance               Reporting
                   Substantially                                                                    Issues
                   Implemented                                                                    Identified

                                                                                                       
11.4 Teachers                     Documentation        Berkshire Meadows has
(Special                           Interviews           teachers who are appropriately
Education                                               licensed or on approved
Teachers and                                            waivers in grade and subject
Regular                                                 areas as required which are
Education                                               appropriate to meet the needs
Teachers)                                               of the student population.

18.05(11)(f);
28.09(5)(a);
28.09(7)(b, c);
34 CFR
300.321

11.5 Related                      Documentation        Berkshire Meadows has                                                               .
Services Staff                                          appropriately certified,
                                                        licensed or registered related
28.09(7)(d)                                             services staff as required.


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  Criterion      Implementation    Method(s) of            Comments Regarding                   Corrective          Findings Regarding     Further Corrective Action
  Number            Status of      Verification            Corrective Action Plan               Action Plan             Incomplete              Ordered by the
    and           Requirements                                Implementation                    Determined           Implementation of     Department of Elementary
   Topic                or                                                                       to be Not          Approved Corrective    and Secondary Education
                   Corrective                                                                      Fully               Action Plan or          and Timelines for
                   Action Plan                                                                 Implemented            Identification of      Implementation and
                   Determined                                                                        or             Additional Issues of       Further Progress
                      to be                                                                     Additional            Noncompliance               Reporting
                  Substantially                                                                    Issues
                  Implemented                                                                    Identified

                                                                                                      
11.6 Master                      Documentation        Berkshire Meadows maintains
Staff Roster                      Interviews           a Master Staff Roster which
                                                       includes all staff positions
28.09(7)                                               within the program and that
                                                       corresponds to the last
                                                       approved Program Budget.
19 Anti-Hazing                   Documentation        Berkshire Meadows submitted
                                  Student Record       copies of student handbooks
M.G.L. c. 269,                    Review               distributed to students and
§§ 17 through                     Interviews           documented students’ receipt
19                                                     of a copy of the school
                                                       program’s anti-hazing
                                                       disciplinary policy approved
                                                       by the program’s Board of
                                                       Director’s for every secondary
                                                       age student enrolled full-time,
                                                       and every student group,
                                                       and/or student team as
                                                       required.
20 Bullying                      Documentation        Berkshire Meadows submitted
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   Criterion       Implementation    Method(s) of            Comments Regarding                   Corrective          Findings Regarding     Further Corrective Action
   Number             Status of      Verification            Corrective Action Plan               Action Plan             Incomplete              Ordered by the
     and            Requirements                                Implementation                    Determined           Implementation of     Department of Elementary
    Topic                 or                                                                       to be Not          Approved Corrective    and Secondary Education
                     Corrective                                                                      Fully               Action Plan or          and Timelines for
                     Action Plan                                                                 Implemented            Identification of      Implementation and
                     Determined                                                                        or             Additional Issues of       Further Progress
                        to be                                                                     Additional            Noncompliance               Reporting
                    Substantially                                                                    Issues
                    Implemented                                                                    Identified

                                                                                                        
Prevention and                      Interviews           a description of how the
Intervention                                             program amended their student
                                                         admissions
M.G.L. c. 71, s.                                         materials/handbook to contain
37H, as                                                  an age-appropriate summary
amended by                                               of their Bullying Prevention
Chapter 92 of                                            and Intervention Plan; a
the Acts of                                              description of how it was
2010. M.G.L.                                             distributed; and a description
c. 71, s.                                                of the professional
37O(e)(1) &                                              development plan developed
(2). M.G.L. c.                                           by the program for all staff.
71, s. 370(d).




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   Criterion      Implementation    Method(s) of            Comments Regarding                   Corrective          Findings Regarding     Further Corrective Action
   Number            Status of      Verification            Corrective Action Plan               Action Plan             Incomplete              Ordered by the
     and           Requirements                                Implementation                    Determined           Implementation of     Department of Elementary
    Topic                or                                                                       to be Not          Approved Corrective    and Secondary Education
                    Corrective                                                                      Fully               Action Plan or          and Timelines for
                    Action Plan                                                                 Implemented            Identification of      Implementation and
                    Determined                                                                        or             Additional Issues of       Further Progress
                       to be                                                                     Additional            Noncompliance               Reporting
                   Substantially                                                                    Issues
                   Implemented                                                                    Identified

                                                                                                       

               Identified Areas of Non-Compliance from the 2009-2010 Program Review or Other Areas of Concern
5.2(a)                            Student Record       At the time of the 2010
Contracts                          Review               Program Review, a review of
                                   Interviews           student records indicated that
28.06(3)(f)                                             Berkshire Meadows did not
                                                        obtain written contracts for
                                                        each enrolled student that
                                                        contained all required
                                                        elements and was signed by all
                                                        appropriate parties.

                                                        At the time of the Mid-cycle
                                                        Review, a review of student
                                                        records and interviews indicate
                                                        that Berkshire Meadows now
                                                        obtains written contracts for
                                                        each enrolled student that
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Criterion   Implementation   Method(s) of            Comments Regarding                   Corrective          Findings Regarding     Further Corrective Action
Number         Status of     Verification            Corrective Action Plan               Action Plan             Incomplete              Ordered by the
  and        Requirements                               Implementation                    Determined           Implementation of     Department of Elementary
 Topic             or                                                                      to be Not          Approved Corrective    and Secondary Education
              Corrective                                                                     Fully               Action Plan or          and Timelines for
              Action Plan                                                                Implemented            Identification of      Implementation and
              Determined                                                                       or             Additional Issues of       Further Progress
                 to be                                                                    Additional            Noncompliance               Reporting
             Substantially                                                                   Issues
             Implemented                                                                   Identified

                                                                                                
                                                 contains all required elements
                                                 and are signed by all
                                                 appropriate parties.




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          Commonwealth of Massachusetts
       Department of Elementary and Secondary
                      Education
                             Justice Resource Institute
                                    Berkshire Meadows
               A PRIVATE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM OPERATED PURSUANT TO
                                     603 CMR 18.00 AND 28.09


               249 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA 01236
Program Rate Based on: 23 Students
Approved Enrollment: 23 Students

                             Day Program                       Residential Program

   Summer Program           10 month program          11 month program            12 month program

APPROVED STUDENT:LICENSED EDUCATOR RATIO: N/A
APPROVED STUDENT:LICENSED EDUCATOR:AIDE RATIO: 8:1:5


                          APPROVAL STATUS
                                           FULL
                            Expires on: August 31, 2016
The current approval is a result of a Mid-cycle Review conducted in the 2012-2013 school year
and the next review is scheduled for the 2015-2016 school year.


               AMY B. KRUKONIS, EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST, PROGRAM QUALITY ASSURANCE
                                           SERVICES




                NINA M. MARCHESE, SUPERVISOR, PROGRAM QUALITY ASSURANCE SERVICES




                 DARLENE A. LYNCH, DIRECTOR, PROGRAM QUALITY ASSURANCE SERVICES
DATE
ISSUED:
10/11/2012

				
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