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Group to Take Over Life Focus Center, Keep Workers

Head of new group says he aims to minimize disruption.

Clients of the Life Focus Center will begin receiving services from another organization in mid June, but they may not notice.

“[Our goal] for the people getting the services is that June 17 doesn’t look much different than June 16,” said Bill Sprague, president of Bay Cove Human Services.

Life Focus Center provides care for approximately 140 people with developmental disabilities, many of them who have spent their entire adult lives with the center and who have profound disabilities, according to the center.

Sprague said that the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services asked his agency to take over Life Focus Center’s functions on Friday. That decision, he said, followed the department’s meeting last week with families of the center’s clients. On Monday, Sprague met with those same families to explain his new role in the center’s continuing drama.

The state announced recently that it would after a state audit found that the center had misused taxpayer funds.

“It’s unfortunate that the last few months have been as difficult as they’ve been,” Sprague said. He noted that the center had an otherwise good reputation for multiple decades.

Sprague said that Bay Cove won’t take over the Life Focus Center as a whole—he expects some administrative positions to be trimmed—but he aims to keep the center’s face intact.

His organization is currently interviewing current Life Focus employees to continue working with the center’s clients, Sprague said.

His approach pleased at least some of those interested in the center. Charlestown Patch reader Donna O'Brien on an article that she was at the meeting.

"I believe Bay Cove will take this program to a whole new level for both the well cared for consumers and the committed staff," she said.

laura June 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM
My daughter is a client at lfc i donot care for this new agency. Bay cove . No more cooking. She sats there half the day and does coloring since jack took the tv the wii sySTEM ALSO TOOK THE MICROWAVE SO NOW THEY CANNOT WARM UP FOOD WHY DID THEY ALLOW HIM TO ROB THE PLACE. I DONT SEE ANY GREAT CHANGE WITH BAY COVE SINCE ALL THE EQUIPMENT IS GONE TO THIS AGENCY MY DAUGHTER IS JUST ANOTHER CLIENT TO ADD
Peter June 24, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Laura, that may be another lie coming from Kevin and his ass kissers, first of all he back stabbed Jack to take over LFC, Laura, before you post something, ask why no more TV, Games or Microwaves, No bowling, no trips out to mall or beach? Instead of pointing fingers at others, i find out that everything was given to the staff and charities, Bay Cove doesn't believe in social interaction while they are at the center. Work or do nothing and for the little check Jack used to give them. Not if they don't work and they are getting the same contract amount of money or maybe more or what Jack was getting in the past years. I asked why no TV or no outing trips? So i got my answer,..... yes your daughter is just another client to get money from the state or DDS, but some of us (all parents) choose it that way. At least Jack gave them the best of the best and everything they want TV's, trips, movies trips, cook outs every week with the best food you can buy. Thanks God we are removing my brother before all this BULLSHIT!!! continues or gets worse.
Charlestown joe June 24, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I am a little confused here...Peter. Are you talking about Jack Millerick, getting the best of everything? Or are you talking about the clients? Because,if you are talking about Jack he certainly did get the best of everything, for himself, his wife, daughter, son, and god only knows who else,in his little scheme of things. Put him away, No restitution, no pay offs, treat him like any other criminal! Because what he did is inexcusable! and criminal! All the rights in the world wouldn't correct this one wrong! The place in NH should also be donated to the center, and designated a a summer camp, ALL summer, not just a week or two for the clients.
Eyes Open September 09, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Charlestown Joe....You have blinders on if you think Jack Millerick took the best of everything for himself. Take a look a Kevin O'Halloran. Check out his backyard and you'll see lovely cast iron tables and chairs that the state bought for consumers but line around his pool.....you would think you were at the Hyatt. Kevin is nothing more than a slimy snake that takes from the disabled and cries WOLF!!! There is so much more on him but he made a deal with the State so he can walk away unscathed. But you know what they say.........snitches get stitches and end up in ditches!!!!!
Marianne Faithfull September 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Recovery is BIG MONEY, the disabled are BIG MONEY. And what does BIG MONEY in Massachusetts equate kiddies? Why it equates graft, natch.

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