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Category Archives: Children, Youth and Families

Honoring Sheridan Haines: 7 Years Leading Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence Posted on Dec 12

Honoring Sheridan Haines: 7 Years Leading  Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence

On June 6, 2007,  Governor Deval Patrick signed Executive Order 486 establishing the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence with the goals of improving policies, legislation and responses. This month, the Commonwealth’s First Lady Diane Patrick thanked the Council’s Executive Director Sheridan Haines for   …Continue Reading Honoring Sheridan Haines: 7 Years Leading Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence

Dept of Transitional Assistance Recognized for Excellence in Technology Posted on Dec 8

Dept of Transitional Assistance Recognized for Excellence in Technology

In recognition of the successful implementation of the Department of Transitional Assistance’s (DTA) Business Process Redesign, Commissioner Stacey Monahan was recognized at the annual Massachusetts Excellence in Technology Awards for DTA’s new Business Process Redesign (BPR). The Department’s  new business model and technological advancements ensure efficient and accurate   …Continue Reading Dept of Transitional Assistance Recognized for Excellence in Technology

Secretary Polanowicz Congratulates New Americans Posted on Dec 4

Secretary Polanowicz Congratulates New Americans

Remarks from Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz at the December 4, 2014 Naturalization Ceremony at Faneuil Hall. Good afternoon and congratulations on this final step in your incredible journey! I am John Polanowicz, Secretary of Massachusetts’ Health and Human Services, and it is truly   …Continue Reading Secretary Polanowicz Congratulates New Americans

HHS Secretary Polanowicz Promotes Infant Safe Sleep at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital Posted on Nov 19

HHS Secretary Polanowicz Promotes Infant Safe Sleep at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital

Health and Human Services Secretary Polanowicz tours the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital Maternity Suite to promote infant safe sleep practices to reduce risks associated with Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), the leading cause of death among infants between the ages of one to 11 months and often   …Continue Reading HHS Secretary Polanowicz Promotes Infant Safe Sleep at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital

Department of Youth Services Leadership and Programs Receive National Recognition Posted on Oct 27

Department of Youth Services Leadership and Programs Receive National Recognition

The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) was nationally recognized by the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) for excellence in residential youth programming and exemplary leadership. DYS staff at the Worcester Secure Treatment, a DYS hardware residential center for boys, won the 2014  CJCA Barbara Allen-Hagen Award   …Continue Reading Department of Youth Services Leadership and Programs Receive National Recognition

Secretary Polanowicz Visits DYS Youth in Westborough Posted on Sep 4

Secretary Polanowicz Visits DYS Youth in Westborough

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

Refugee Entrepreneurs Growing Our Economy Posted on Aug 5

Refugee Entrepreneurs Growing Our Economy

Nothing embodies the American spirit quite like entrepreneurship. Like America, entrepreneurship thrives on hard work, perseverance, optimism, and an unyielding capacity for renewal. It is because of these qualities that people from around the world dream of a life in America as an independent business   …Continue Reading Refugee Entrepreneurs Growing Our Economy

ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees Posted on Jun 18

ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees

Within refugee communities and during the general resettlement process, LGBTQ refugees face significant challenges. They may have suffered trauma and stigmatization in their home or secondary countries based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, and may still suffer or fear that they will suffer   …Continue Reading ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees

#IWantAWorld Massachusetts Posted on Jun 16

#IWantAWorld Massachusetts

This month in celebration LGBQ\T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Transgender) Pride and as we look back over 10 years of Massachusetts being the first state to legalize marriage equality and the 16 other states have since followed suit, we look forward toward the next   …Continue Reading #IWantAWorld Massachusetts

Massachusetts Celebrates Africa Week 2014 Posted on Jun 11

Massachusetts Celebrates Africa Week 2014

The Office for Refugees and Immigrants is delighted to join Governor Deval Patrick in celebrating Africa Week. ORI’s mission is to promote the full participation of refugees and immigrants as self-sufficient individuals and families in the economic, social, and civic life of Massachusetts. Given the myriad trials   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Celebrates Africa Week 2014