State and Local Government Relations

O’Neill and Associates provides comprehensive government relations services to clients with interests before municipal and state governments. Our dedicated team works across various industry sectors throughout New England advocating for legislation, identifying funding opportunities and shaping policy. O’Neill and Associates provides the strategic advice and advocacy necessary for success.

Below are some examples of just a few of the state government relations campaigns we are proud of. Click on the client to learn more.

Case Studies:

American Corrective Counseling Services (ACCS) 

Based in San Clemente, California, American Corrective Counseling Services (ACCS) is one of the largest private contractors in the United States for prosecuting attorneys conducting bad check diversion programs. The program depends on cooperation and support from district attorney’s offices and from public and private sector resources. ACCS was largely unknown in the New England area and lacked this needed cooperation with the DA’s offices throughout the commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as with local merchants. In an effort to secure new business for ACCS, O’Neill and Associates embarked on a government relations and marketing campaign to reach out to government officials in many of Massachusetts’ District Attorney offices on behalf of ACCS. O’Neill and Associates also provided relationship marketing services targeting major local and national New England-based merchants whom O’Neill and Associates identified as having potential interest in ACCS’s programs. Through its government relations services, O’Neill and Associates made introductions between ACCS and District Attorney’s offices across Massachusetts and aided ACCS in successfully beating out competitors to implement bad check programs in two of Massachusetts’ largest counties, Middlesex and Suffolk. As the work together continues, ACCS and O’Neill and Associates expect other county District Attorney’s offices to follow suit and implement ACCS’s services as well.

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Massachusetts Hospital School Foundation 

The Department of Public Health recently sought to shut down the Massachusetts Hospital School (MHS), a unique facility that specializes in providing 24-hour care, schooling and recreational opportunities for children with neuromuscular or other physically debilitating medical conditions, due to the high costs of maintaining the campus. The MHS Foundation sought assistance from O’Neill and Associates to ensure that funding for the organization was extended and that the facility remained open. O’Neill and Associates embarked on a state government relations campaign to inform policymakers of the unique and vital services that the MHS provides by reaching out to various members of the state legislature and their staffs. O’Neill and Associates was able to facilitate the insertion of language into the Massachusetts Legislature’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget that called an increase in the number of beds offered at the MHS. This measure effectively acted to extend state funding for the services offered at the MHS campus and mandated that the facility remain in operation. 

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Massachusetts Organization for Educational Collaboratives 

The Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives (MOEC) is the professional organization representing the Commonwealth’s educational collaboratives, which provide school districts, often struggling for professional development resources, the support they need.  Recently, a scandal engulfed one of its members. The public outcry over the misappropriation of tax dollars led to widespread news coverage; furthermore, Governor Patrick, Auditor Bump, and House and Senate leadership called for greater oversight of educational collaboratives. MOEC engaged O'Neill and Associates for public relations and government relations services. O’Neill and Associates guided MOEC through numerous oversight hearings, navigated the extensive legislative process and gave them the opportunity to share the important work collaboratives do with the administration and the legislature. Through media outreach and key media placements, MOEC effectively demonstrated their value, leading Governor Patrick to sign legislation that strengthened collaboratives’ ability to serve students, parents and school districts.  Many of the new regulations were based on reforms that MOEC had suggested as part of an education reform commission in 2010.

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The Boston Foundation 

The Boston Foundation engaged O’Neill and Associates to provide integrated public affairs services, including government relations and communications, to support its efforts to advance education reform legislation in Massachusetts and position the Commonwealth for federal education funding through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Race to the Top grant competition. The effort culminated with the passage of education reform legislation with all elements envisioned by The Boston Foundation. Signed by Governor Deval Patrick on January 18, 2010, the bill enabled the state to successfully apply for and secure $250 million in stimulus funding to implement landmark reforms in public education. Of the 12 winning states, Massachusetts’ application scored the highest.

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