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February 21, 2013

State commends Opportunity Works

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — State commends Opportunity Works

To the editor:

Opportunity Works was commended by the state’s Department of Developmental Services Office of Survey and Certification in its biannual survey review.

The report states, “As a result of the survey, Opportunity Works achieved an overall rating of 97 percent of the licensing indicators evaluated and achieved a rating of 100 percent of the certification indicators reviewed. The organization is congratulated for its continued efforts at creating and providing highly personalized and quality day services and vocational supports to those it serves. Opportunity Works’ strength continues to be in its ability to support people in the area of human rights and self-advocacy.’’

In a letter to Jane Harris-Fale, executive director of Opportunity Works, Amanda Chalmers, northeast regional director, said, “It is with great pleasure that I extend my congratulations to you and your staff for earning a two-year license from our office of Survey and Certification with 90 percent or more indicator standards met. This demonstrates a very strong commitment to the individuals supported by your agency. At all levels of your agency, you and your staff have demonstrated exemplary skill and dedication to providing excellent services. Please convey my congratulations to all your staff.’’

Opportunity Works supports 210 individuals from 19 communities across the Merrimack Valley Region through employment supports, community based day services, day habilitation and clinical and therapeutic services. Our sites are located in Haverhill and Newburyport.

Deborah Andrews,