Senator Tolman also stopped in to support the bill; he also found the cost to be very reasonable and he thought that this would support the needs of children. Then is was:
Matt Noyes videotaped our testimony and posted it on YouTube:
Our testimony went well- Catherine Apostoleris of Winchendon spoke of the need for collateral contacts to coordinate care in the context of her school based services, and Toni Poti of the Webster Boys and Girls Club spoke of the need for need to integrate services in the community and how collateral contacts were the first step in that direction. The opposition didn’t speak and the chairs asked remarkably gracious questions. Overall, our bill was well supported by all of this testimony. There may have been more but I stepped out of the room, because I ran into an old college classmate who I haven’t seen in 30 yrs, who is also working in the area of mental health advocacy. Small world. When I stepped back inside, I discovered that someone had taken my umbrella while. Is the moral of the story that you should watch your things while testifying? Still, that is a small price to pay when you are trying to get the system to better reflect the reality of treatment in the children's mental health world.
Matt Noyes wrote a nice summary here; he has pictures.