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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Fifth annual White Ribbon Day campaign culminates March 1 Posted on Feb 27

Fifth annual White Ribbon Day campaign culminates March 1

By DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain  “From this day forward, I promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women.” – Massachusetts White Ribbon Pledge  On December 6, 2011, Jane Doe Inc., a statewide coalition against sexual assault and domestic violence, launched the   …Continue Reading Fifth annual White Ribbon Day campaign culminates March 1

State undertakes a new initiative to improve the quality of health care Posted on Feb 23

By Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Áron Boros and Commissioner of Public Health John Auerbach Firmly established as a national leader in guaranteeing health coverage for all its residents, Massachusetts is turning to the next phase of innovation, improving value   …Continue Reading State undertakes a new initiative to improve the quality of health care

The role of the Office for Human Rights (OHR) at the Department of Developmental Services Posted on Feb 23

The role of the Office for Human Rights (OHR) at the Department of Developmental Services

By DDS Commissioner Elin Howe Many of you may be familiar with the mission and work of the Department of Developmental Services but may be less familiar with the Department’s Office for Human Rights (OHR). This important office oversees a system of safeguards to affirm,   …Continue Reading The role of the Office for Human Rights (OHR) at the Department of Developmental Services

Commonwealth’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative advances with powerful public service message Posted on Feb 15

Commonwealth’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative advances with powerful public service message By Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families Marilyn Anderson Chase The Patrick-Murray Administration’s $10 million Safe and Successful Youth Initiative is designed to end youth violence in communities throughout the Commonwealth. As part of this initiative, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) today unveiled an online public service announcement entitled: “Stop. Think. Let it Go.” The public awareness campaign is designed to encourage youth to think and reconsider the consequences of their actions before engaging in violent activity. The PSA follows a related radio campaign which began last summer to promote the state’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative.

State plan for managing Alzheimer’s advances Posted on Feb 15

State plan for managing Alzheimer’s advances

By Elder Affairs’ Secretary Ann Hartstein Last week the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders State Plan was released by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) and the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts /New Hampshire chapter. The plan provides recommendations, resources, goals and strategies to improve the lives   …Continue Reading State plan for managing Alzheimer’s advances

A smart step toward reducing alcohol use among our youth Posted on Feb 7

A smart step toward reducing alcohol use among our youth

By Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby There’s no question that underage drinking is a serious public health problem in communities across the nation. Here in Massachusetts, we’ve made progress in reducing rates of alcohol consumption among our young people, but there’s still   …Continue Reading A smart step toward reducing alcohol use among our youth

Providing enrichment and support to 40,000 children every day: DCF Kids Fund Posted on Feb 1

Providing enrichment and support to 40,000 children every day: DCF Kids Fund

By DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain For many children in the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), there is a need for additional support and services in order to meet their basic and life-enriching needs. Fortunately, these children have the support of the DCF   …Continue Reading Providing enrichment and support to 40,000 children every day: DCF Kids Fund