Recently, at the annual DMH Forensic Services In-Service Conference, ACS’s own Kelly Quinn was presented the Early Career Achievement Award! In presenting the award, Dr. Debra Pinals, Assistant Commissioner of Forensic Mental Health* said, “Kelly is a model of the kind of committed clinician and advocate every court-involved child should have and every Juvenile Court Clinic would want to honor. She exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism and has made a very real difference in the lives of so many Middlesex County children and families.”
Kelly was recognized for her outstanding service during her three years as a court clinician. In the word of First Justice Jay Blitzman, “Kelly Quinn’s dedication to the children and families before the Court is demonstrated daily and will have a long-lasting impact as today’s court-involved children become tomorrow’s citizens.”
In accepting the award, Kelly who is bilingual in Spanish and English, emphasized the need for bilingual clinicians: With the US having one of the largest Spanish-speaking populations in the world, the need is greater than ever.
ACS’s staff and board join in congratulating Kelly on this well-deserved honor.
*The Forensic Division of the Department of Mental Health co-hosts the annual conference along with UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry, Law & Psychiatry Program and sponsors the award.
Kelly Quinn, center, with her award is joined by Dr. Debra Pinals, DMH Assistant Commissioner for Forensic Services and Dr. Geri Fuhrmann, Manager of Juvenile Forensic Services for DMH.
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