Re: Massachusetts DMH Human Rights issues

Tom Boland (
Mon, 4 May 1998 00:56:58 -0700 (PDT)

Bruce, when you go into work, I suggest that you say something like this to
your supervisor(s) and co-workers:

"I plan to investigate the alleged complaint(s) by residents, but to do so
with utmost carefulness about the facts of the case(s).  I neither want to
sweep actual abuse under the rug, nor permit sanctions on the unjustly
accused.  However, I must make clear that it is my legal responsibility as
Human Rights Officer to investigate all alleged abuse.

If you feel that I am mistaken about my legal responsibilities, I invite
you to go with me to those officials whose mandate is to see that I do my
job as Human Rights Officer, and let these officials clarify my duties."

In short, let them know that you are serious in a business-like tone,
without either being rude or backing down.--Tom

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