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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Helping Massachusetts refugees ‘RISE’ toward independence Posted on Jan 23

By Emel Hadzipasic, director of development and planning for the Office of Refugees and Immigrants (ORI)  Recently, the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide enhanced employment services to newly arrived refugees   …Continue Reading Helping Massachusetts refugees ‘RISE’ toward independence

An introduction from new DTA Commissioner Dan Curley Posted on Jan 17

An introduction from new DTA Commissioner Dan Curley

I am honored and excited to join the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) team.    Like many of our staff members, I have a long history in the health and human services fields.  Prior to joining DTA, I was the Executive Director for JRI Health, a   …Continue Reading An introduction from new DTA Commissioner Dan Curley

Six years of creating opportunities to purchase assistive technology Posted on Jan 12

Six years of creating opportunities to purchase assistive technology

By MRC Commissioner Charles Carr   In December the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program commemorated six years of successfully securing more than $8.6 million in low-interest loans to state residents with disabilities and their families so they can buy equipment and services that help them   …Continue Reading Six years of creating opportunities to purchase assistive technology

Through collaboration with Department of Public Health, MassHealth members quit smoking while saving the Commonwealth $3 for every $1 spent Posted on Jan 10

By Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby  Some of you may have heard the great news last week from George Washington University, which released a study showing that that for every dollar MassHealth spends helping its members quit smoking, it saves the   …Continue Reading Through collaboration with Department of Public Health, MassHealth members quit smoking while saving the Commonwealth $3 for every $1 spent

New program will help fortify state’s 21% drop in homelessness among veterans Posted on Jan 6

New program will help fortify state’s 21% drop in homelessness among veterans

By Department of Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Coleman Nee  Yesterday, the New England Center for Homelessness and the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) unveiled the Statewide Housing Advocacy for Reintegration and Prevention (SHARP) initiative, a new federally-funded pilot program that will serve chronically homeless veterans in   …Continue Reading New program will help fortify state’s 21% drop in homelessness among veterans

Making resolutions you can really keep Posted on Jan 5

Making resolutions you can really keep

By Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein   It’s the start of the New Year, and many of us are being inundated by an avalanche of New Year’s resolutions. We are warned to start exercising regularly; address weight concerns; stop smoking; give up   …Continue Reading Making resolutions you can really keep