A city councillor says Cambridge Health Alliance employees have told him a change in seeing psychiatric emergency patients has been rocky, with more suicide attempts, patients leaving without permission, use of restraints and calls for police help.
With social emotional support for kids, help for low-testing schools and teacher coaching identified as budget priorities, district officials talked a lot about how to refocus resources already in place.
The results of Cambridge’s $500,000 experiment in participatory budgeting were announced Tuesday, with six projects announced as getting funded, ranging from a public toilet to bilingual books for kids learning English.
Cambridge Hospital emergency patients spent more time in the emergency room after the closing of a separate emergency service for psychiatric patients, and the average stay for those needing mental treatment rose even more.
Full-time faculty members at Lesley University plan have filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board, hoping to join more than 500 adjunct instructors in talks to improve their pay, benefits and stability.