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Yearly Archives: 2012

True stories of transitions to independence highlighted in Holyoke, Lowell and Worcester Posted on Jul 18

True stories of transitions to independence highlighted in Holyoke, Lowell and Worcester

By DTA Commissioner Dan Curley Recently, the Department was privileged to host distinguished members of Congress and the state Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, for events at three of our local Transitional Assistance Offices (TAOs).  The purpose was to highlight how   …Continue Reading True stories of transitions to independence highlighted in Holyoke, Lowell and Worcester

Recognizing veterans and their service this Independence Day: 4th Annual MASS Veterans tour kicks off Posted on Jul 3

Recognizing veterans and their service this Independence Day: 4th Annual MASS Veterans tour kicks off

  By DVS Secretary Coleman Nee Independence Day gives all of us an opportunity to remember, serve, and honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice by serving this nation. On July 4, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray will launch the Patrick-Murray   …Continue Reading Recognizing veterans and their service this Independence Day: 4th Annual MASS Veterans tour kicks off

New England Youth Coalition’s creation and signing of Sibling Bill of Rights highlights the importance of sibling bonds within foster families Posted on Jun 20

New England Youth Coalition’s creation and signing of Sibling Bill of Rights highlights the importance of sibling bonds within foster families

By DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain On May 24, I had the honor of joining members of the New England Youth Coalition (NEYC) as we signed the Sibling’s Bill of Rights. The Sibling’s Bill of Rights was developed to recognize the importance and value of sibling   …Continue Reading New England Youth Coalition’s creation and signing of Sibling Bill of Rights highlights the importance of sibling bonds within foster families

Strawberries: An Early Summer Superstar Posted on Jun 13

Strawberries: An Early Summer Superstar

By Lani Telian, Department of Public HealthHealth Communication Specialist at the Department of Public Health If someone asked me if I wanted a piece of fruit containing over 200 seeds, I’d politely decline and settle for a less-complicated banana. But if that same person asked   …Continue Reading Strawberries: An Early Summer Superstar

One year later, tornado response team remains strong Posted on Jun 1

One year later, tornado response team remains strong

 By DTA Commissioner Dan Curley When a tornado watch was announced for Western Massachusetts earlier this week, thousands of residents of the Commonwealth and hundreds of employees at the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) held their breath.  Memories of the June 1, 2011 tornados and   …Continue Reading One year later, tornado response team remains strong

MassVetsAdvisor.org launches Memorial Day weekend: Services and support for veterans just a click away with new web portal Posted on May 25

By U.S. Army Reservist Kyle Toto I joined the U.S. Army Reserves because I wanted to give back to my country and to carry on a tradition that had been in my family for three generations. After being in the reserves for three years, my   …Continue Reading MassVetsAdvisor.org launches Memorial Day weekend: Services and support for veterans just a click away with new web portal

MassHealth begins paying incentives to providers who adopt and use Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Posted on May 10

By MassHealth Health IT Project Manager Deborah Schiel Recently, I was referred to a specialist by my primary care physician. Prior to the appointment, the new physician requested my medical records so he could review my health history. It seemed easy enough. Since my physician   …Continue Reading MassHealth begins paying incentives to providers who adopt and use Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

May is Older Americans Month Posted on May 2

May is Older Americans Month

By Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein May is Older Americans Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the nation’s seniors. Since 1963, when President John F. Kennedy first proclaimed May as Senior Citizens Month, political officials, advocacy groups, community organizations and families   …Continue Reading May is Older Americans Month

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission partners with companies in Massachusetts to place people with disabilities in the workforce Posted on Apr 27

By MRC Director of Statewide Job Placement Services William Allen The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) recently announced that the overall unemployment rate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is 6.9%. According to the U.S. Department of Labor,  however, the unemployment rate for   …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission partners with companies in Massachusetts to place people with disabilities in the workforce

Department of Transitional Assistance receives special recognition from the Obama Administration for its tornado response Posted on Apr 13

By Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families Marilyn Chase Following the unusual tornadoes that touched down last June in Central and Western Massachusetts, the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) quickly responded to ensure assistance for affected residents. The DTA team exhibited tremendous fortitude, putting   …Continue Reading Department of Transitional Assistance receives special recognition from the Obama Administration for its tornado response