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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Watching the Earth Move: Notes from an MRC Employment Specialist Posted on Oct 31

Watching the Earth Move: Notes from an MRC Employment Specialist

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the third annual Boston Disability Mentoring Day (DMD). This event was a partnership between the City of Boston Commission for Persons with Disabilities and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, to both conclude our mentor/internship program and recognize October as   …Continue Reading Watching the Earth Move: Notes from an MRC Employment Specialist

Health IT for Better Patient Care Posted on Oct 24

Health IT for Better Patient Care

  Remarks by Secretary Polanowicz: Health IT eHealth Collaboration for Better Patient Care Good morning. Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today, and to join my esteemed panelists. I would especially like to thank Senate President Therese Murray for her kind invitation. She   …Continue Reading Health IT for Better Patient Care

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Posted on Oct 22

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Over the past 30+ years, domestic violence services have grown beyond simply providing emergency shelter services, and with increased awareness, the effects of family violence have become better understood. President Obama points to this critical need in his 2013 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation: Ending violence   …Continue Reading October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Patrick Administration Proclaims White Cane Safety Day Posted on Oct 15

Patrick Administration Proclaims White Cane Safety Day

Governor Deval L. Patrick officially proclaimed October 15th as White Cane Safety Day in the Commonwealth.  In recognition the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) celebrated the independence of white canes and raised public awareness of Massachusetts White Cane Law with an event at the Grand Staircase of the   …Continue Reading Patrick Administration Proclaims White Cane Safety Day

It’s Time to Talk About Mental Illness Posted on Oct 10

It’s Time to Talk About Mental Illness

Everywhere across the globe today, people are celebrating World Mental Health Day. It’s a day for everyone to come together and talk about mental illness, mental health, and what we can do to acknowledge mental health conditions as diseases that can be treated. For people   …Continue Reading It’s Time to Talk About Mental Illness

Women Veterans Network Award for Outstanding Female Veteran Nominations Open Posted on Oct 8

Women Veterans Network Award for Outstanding Female Veteran Nominations Open

Calling all Deborah Sampsons! The Department of Veterans’ Services Women Veterans Network presents the Deborah Sampson Award each year to an outstanding female veteran. This prestigious award is given to a Massachusetts resident that has played an exceptional role in their community and in their military career.   …Continue Reading Women Veterans Network Award for Outstanding Female Veteran Nominations Open

Secretary Polanowicz Announces: Posted on Oct 7

Secretary Polanowicz Announces:

A Message from Secretary Polanowicz Today I’m pleased to announce Kristin Thorn as Medicaid Director and Olga Roche as Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Please join me in congratulating Kristin and Olga in their new positions. Medicaid Director – Kristin Thorn   …Continue Reading Secretary Polanowicz Announces:

October is More than Disability Employment Awareness Month! Posted on Oct 4

October is More than Disability Employment Awareness Month!

For the past 68 years, each October the nation comes together in a campaign to raise awareness about disability employment. In 1988, it was made official, and the month was proclaimed National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). October is a time to reflect and discuss   …Continue Reading October is More than Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Department of Developmental Services Comprehensive Energy Project Posted on Oct 3

Department of Developmental Services Comprehensive Energy Project

On Wednesday October 2nd, at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) hosted a ribbon cutting of the completed Hogan/Wrentham Comprehensive Energy Project at the Hogan Regional Center in Hathorne (Danvers). DDS Commissioner Elin Howe joined representatives of state agencies, the U.S. Department of Energy, utility representatives,   …Continue Reading Department of Developmental Services Comprehensive Energy Project