Boston Countering Violent Extremism

Waqas Mirza filed this request with the Department of Mental Health of Massachusetts.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all briefs, memos, directives, PowerPoint slides, guidelines or other documents concerning the countering violent extremism (CVE) model developed by the Greater Boston Regional Collaborative.

A copy of all records that define, display, present, state, update, clarify, teach, or explain Boston's model for CVE.

A copy of all emails, letters, and other written communication between MA Department of Mental Health and between the MA Department of Mental Health and other governmental partners concerning CVE.

You can restrict your search to records created after January 1, 2014 to the date this request is processed.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Waqas Mirza

From: dmhinfo

Dear Waqas Mirza,

Please see the response below that was sent to you on 2/22/16.

Thank You
__________

From: Garcia, Misael (DMH) On Behalf Of DMH RAO
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2016 10:03 AM
To: dmhinfo
Subject: RE: Public Records Law Request: Boston Countering Violent Extremism

Dear Waqas Mirza,

I am writing in response to your Public Records Request dated February 11, 2016. In that request you asked for:

A copy of all briefs, memos, directives, PowerPoint slides, guidelines or other documents concerning the countering violent extremism (CVE) model developed by the Greater Boston Regional Collaborative.

A copy of all records that define, display, present, state, update, clarify, teach, or explain Boston's model for CVE.

A copy of all emails, letters, and other written communication between MA Department of Mental Health and between the MA Department of Mental Health and other governmental partners concerning CVE.

I have forwarded your request to the appropriate department(s) to process. We will be in touch as soon as we have an estimate of the cost to produce the records you have requested. Then we can communicate on how you would like to receive said responsive documents.

Misael Garcia
Paralegal
25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
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From: DMH RAO

Dear Waqas Mirza,

We apologize for any delays caused by our extensive search for all pertinent and relevant responses to your request. We are still coordinating between offices and continuing to gather more documents for your request below. Please check back next week for further updates, as we are continuing to identify additional documents for their relevance from our statewide offices.

Sincerely,

Misael Garcia
Paralegal
25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Confidentiality Notice: Protected Health Information from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Protected Health Information (PHI) is personal and sensitive information related to a person's health care. If this e-mail contains PHI, it is being sent to you after appropriate authorization from the person or under circumstances that do not require authorization.
Important Warning: This message is intended only for the use of the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is governed by applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the intended recipient, the disclosure, copying or distribution of this information is Strictly Prohibited. If you have received this message by error, please notify the sender immediately.

From: Waqas Mirza

Thank you for the update, Misael. I appreciate all your help with this.

Waqas.

From: Garcia, Misael (DMH)

Waqas Mirza,

We have collected many documents that you have requested and are reviewing them for release. We are also waiting for one last batch of responsive documents from one of our offices, so we will have to review those as well. I am hoping we will receive them before Friday so that I can review everything and have it to you early next week. Want to check in with me on Tuesday to see where we stand?

Best,

Misael Garcia
Paralegal
25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Confidentiality Notice: Protected Health Information from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Protected Health Information (PHI) is personal and sensitive information related to a person's health care. If this e-mail contains PHI, it is being sent to you after appropriate authorization from the person or under circumstances that do not require authorization.
Important Warning: This message is intended only for the use of the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is governed by applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the intended recipient, the disclosure, copying or distribution of this information is Strictly Prohibited. If you have received this message by error, please notify the sender immediately.

From: Waqas Mirza

Thank you for the update, Misael. I appreciate all your help with this. I will check in with you on Tuesday!

Waqas.

From: Waqas Mirza

Hi Misael,

Just wanted to check in with you about the request for documents related to Countering Violent Extremism.

Thank you,

Waqas.

From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 10, 2016. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Waqas Mirza

Hello,

I want to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 10, 2016. I was told that the responsive documents would be sent to me by the first week of April. I still have not received anything and your department has stopped responding to my queries.

I'd appreciate a prompt response and the documents as originally requested.

Waqas.

Waqas.

From: Garcia, Misael (DMH)

Dear Waqas,

My apologies about responding to the updates to your request. I think there was a bit of confusion as to who was supposed to get back to you due to new hirings in the Communications office (whom will be responding to all press matters in the future).

We are assembling all material documents for you which comprise of memos, emails and other documents that are responsive to your request. Please allow us some time as we review for relevance and any privacy matters, which we are required to assess per regulatory and statutory privacy laws.

I will be in touch once we have an update for your request.

Sincerely,

Misael Garcia
Paralegal
25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Confidentiality Notice: Protected Health Information from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Protected Health Information (PHI) is personal and sensitive information related to a person's health care. If this e-mail contains PHI, it is being sent to you after appropriate authorization from the person or under circumstances that do not require authorization.
Important Warning: This message is intended only for the use of the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is governed by applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the intended recipient, the disclosure, copying or distribution of this information is Strictly Prohibited. If you have received this message by error, please notify the sender immediately.

From: Waqas Mirza

Thank you, Misael. Is there an estimated completion date?

From: Garcia, Misael (DMH)

Waqas,

It is difficult to tell how much longer we will need to go through documents but you can email me directly next week for an update status. I’ll be sure to respond to you until we have our communications position filled.

Best,

Misael Garcia
Paralegal
25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Confidentiality Notice: Protected Health Information from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Protected Health Information (PHI) is personal and sensitive information related to a person's health care. If this e-mail contains PHI, it is being sent to you after appropriate authorization from the person or under circumstances that do not require authorization.
Important Warning: This message is intended only for the use of the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is governed by applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the intended recipient, the disclosure, copying or distribution of this information is Strictly Prohibited. If you have received this message by error, please notify the sender immediately.

From: Waqas Mirza

Thank you, Misael.

From: Waqas Mirza

Hi Misael,

Any updates?

Waqas.

From: Garcia, Misael (DMH)

Hello Waqas,

I’m redacting private information from the communications but should be done in the near future. I will contact you next week with an update and we will speak about how you would like to receive them, because there are so many that they cannot not fit as email attachments.

Best,

Misael Garcia
Paralegal
25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Confidentiality Notice: Protected Health Information from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Protected Health Information (PHI) is personal and sensitive information related to a person's health care. If this e-mail contains PHI, it is being sent to you after appropriate authorization from the person or under circumstances that do not require authorization.
Important Warning: This message is intended only for the use of the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is governed by applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the intended recipient, the disclosure, copying or distribution of this information is Strictly Prohibited. If you have received this message by error, please notify the sender immediately.

From: Waqas Mirza

Thank you, Misael!

From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 10, 2016. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.

Thanks for your help.

Waqas.

From: Garcia, Misael (DMH)

Dear Waqas Mirza,

Please find attached the Department of Mental Health’s response to your February 11, 2016 request.

Sincerely,

Misael Garcia
Paralegal
25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Confidentiality Notice: Protected Health Information from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Protected Health Information (PHI) is personal and sensitive information related to a person's health care. If this e-mail contains PHI, it is being sent to you after appropriate authorization from the person or under circumstances that do not require authorization.
Important Warning: This message is intended only for the use of the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is governed by applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the intended recipient, the disclosure, copying or distribution of this information is Strictly Prohibited. If you have received this message by error, please notify the sender immediately.

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