Reemphasizing the commitment of the Administration to stopping youth violence, Governor Deval Patrick and Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz visited Safe and Successful Youth Initiative Programs (SSYI) in Springfield and Boston this month. Launched in 2011, SSYI has provided over $18 million in grants …Continue Reading Governor Patrick, Secretary Polanowicz Promote Safe and Succesful Youth Initiative
In a very special court proceedings, Health and Human Services Secretary Polanowicz was joined by other officials in the Patrick Administration’s celebration of the 11th Annual National Adoption Day. At the Edward Brooke Courthouse in Boston, Secretary Polanowicz remarked that the day not only marked …Continue Reading Massachusetts Celebrates National Adoption Day
Remarks by Secretary Polanowicz to 38th Annual Providers’ Council Convention & Expo: Champions for Change Good afternoon. Thank you for inviting not only me to speak with you all today, but many of my Assistant Secretaries and Commissioners. I am confident that throughout the panels today, you …Continue Reading Strengthening Support Services and Empowering Integrated Care
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
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:
Today, we celebrate Citizenship Day. On this date in 1787, the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed America’s foundational government document, and is now celebrated in a federal observance that highlights citizenship as our common bond to the Constitution. The Unites States, known as the Land of …Continue Reading Let’s Celebrate Citizenship!
I had the pleasure of joining over 100 foster youth from across the Commonwealth at the 13th Annual Department of Children and Families’ Foster Youth Summit. I was joined by Health and Human Services’ Secretary Polanowicz and David Dirks of BNY Mellon, our event sponsors. …Continue Reading Department of Children & Families 2013 Foster Youth Summit
Since 1949, May has been officially recognized as Mental Health Month. The first Thursday in May is celebrated as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy …Continue Reading May is Mental Health Month: Take the Hero of Hope Pledge!
By Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger, Communications Coordinator, Department of Youth Services Studies show that integrating the creative arts into a young person’s life enhances their academic, social, and personal developmental outcomes. The Department of Youth Services (DYS) uses creative arts programming to provide supportive relationships and to build skills …Continue Reading The Transformative Power of Performing Arts: Using Creative Arts to Strengthen DYS Youth Success
By Daniela Trammell, director of marketing at MRC Last week the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), the City of Boston, and a number of local businesses assembled in Boston's City Hall to celebrate “Disability Mentoring Day.” This event affirmed the joint partnership between MRC and the City, both …Continue Reading Don’t Give Up, Be Persistent: Lessons from Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall