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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month posted on Oct 15

In 1994, after four years of intense investigation and testimony, Congress concluded  that there was a pervasive problem of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking among women in the United States.  As a result,the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed.  This legislation  was the   …Continue Reading October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month posted on Oct 6

This month, Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz announced an infant safe sleep campaign focused on the importance of infant safe sleep practices and promoting ways to reduce risks associated with Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), the leading cause of death among infants between   …Continue Reading October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Statewide Listening Sessions: Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-deafened Adults and Children

Statewide Listening Sessions: Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-deafened Adults and Children posted on Sep 25

Join Heidi Reed, Commissioner of Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), DHILS providers, the Disability Policy Consortium, and the Disability Law Center at a listening session in communities across the Commonwealth to share experiences with state services for deaf, hard of hearing, and late-deafened adults   …Continue Reading Statewide Listening Sessions: Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-deafened Adults and Children

Secretary Polanowicz Gets Vets’ Plates: Here’s How You Can Too!

Secretary Polanowicz Gets Vets’ Plates: Here’s How You Can Too! posted on Sep 19

On September 19, Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz visited the new Haymarket Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) location and joined Registrar Celia Blue to get his veteran license plates for his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Secretary Polanowicz, an Army veteran and West Point graduate, joins tens of thousands of Massachusetts veterans   …Continue Reading Secretary Polanowicz Gets Vets’ Plates: Here’s How You Can Too!

Health Information Technology Driving State Innovation

Health Information Technology Driving State Innovation posted on Sep 18

The Massachusetts State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative, funded by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is driving enhancements to health information technology and data collection infrastructure across the Commonwealth.  The SIM initiative is a coordinated interagency effort to use advancements in technology to   …Continue Reading Health Information Technology Driving State Innovation

Celebrating Health IT Week 2014: Reduce Costs, Improve Quality, Ensure Privacy

Celebrating Health IT Week 2014: Reduce Costs, Improve Quality, Ensure Privacy posted on Sep 15

Health information technology is revolutionizing how care is delivered, health information shared, quality measured, reimbursements dispersed, and patients engaged in their own health and health care. This week we celebrate National Health IT Week and the critical role of health IT in transforming and improving the health of patients, health   …Continue Reading Celebrating Health IT Week 2014: Reduce Costs, Improve Quality, Ensure Privacy

A Celebration of Vitality: Mass Rehabilitation Commission at the ADA Legacy Tour

A Celebration of Vitality: Mass Rehabilitation Commission at the ADA Legacy Tour posted on Sep 12

On September 5 – 7, 2014, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) exhibited at the Abilities Expo at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.  More than than merely promoting our latest brochures and fact-sheets, this Expo was an opportunity to celebrate an intensity for life and to   …Continue Reading A Celebration of Vitality: Mass Rehabilitation Commission at the ADA Legacy Tour

Secretary Polanowicz Visits DYS Youth in Westborough

Secretary Polanowicz Visits DYS Youth in Westborough posted on Sep 4

Health and Human Services Secretary Polanowicz recently spent an afternoon visiting with staff and youth from the Department of Youth Services.  Accompanied by DYS Commissioner Peter Forbes, Regional Director Barbara Morton, and Director of Operations of Central Region, Dan O’Sullivan, Secretary Polanowicz observed residential treatment programs   …Continue Reading Secretary Polanowicz Visits DYS Youth in Westborough

Patrick Administration Honors Massachusetts Commission for the Blind’s 11 Years of Successfully Placing Summer Interns

Patrick Administration Honors Massachusetts Commission for the Blind’s 11 Years of Successfully Placing Summer Interns posted on Sep 2

The Patrick Administration’s Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) recently celebrated its eleventh year of the MCB Summer Internship Program, as well as the 77 summer interns who participated in this year’s program during a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House’s Great Hall of Flags.   …Continue Reading Patrick Administration Honors Massachusetts Commission for the Blind’s 11 Years of Successfully Placing Summer Interns

Public Meeting: Workplace Violence Prevention and Crisis Response Plan

Public Meeting: Workplace Violence Prevention and Crisis Response Plan posted on Aug 29

Public Meeting Workplace Violence Prevention and Crisis Response Plan – Regulation Date:                 September 29, 2014 Time:                10:00 AM Location:          Worcester Public Library     Main Library, Saxe Room   …Continue Reading Public Meeting: Workplace Violence Prevention and Crisis Response Plan