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Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week! Posted on May 6

Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week!

May 4th through the 10th is National Children’s Mental Health Week! Since 2002, the Governor of Massachusetts, along with dozens of mayors across the state, has issued an official proclamation for Children’s Mental Health Week. Children’s Mental Health Week is dedicated to increasing public awareness   …Continue Reading Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Posted on Apr 10

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

A Message from Kathleen Betts, Assistant Secretary, Office of Children, Youth, and Families: Did you know that 4,418 adolescents and adults are sexually assaulted across our Commonwealth each year?  This month, I proudly listened to Governor Deval Patrick proclaim April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  According   …Continue Reading Sexual Assault Awareness Month

LGBT Health Awareness Week Posted on Mar 31

LGBT Health Awareness Week

This past week marked the 11th Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week, a nationwide event that promotes the unique health and wellness needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. This week, we highlight the progress our Commonwealth and the country has made to   …Continue Reading LGBT Health Awareness Week

Happy Social Worker’s Month! Posted on Mar 11

Happy Social Worker’s Month!

  As we begin Social Worker Appreciation Month, we wanted to express how grateful we are for the hard work and tireless dedication of all our social workers across the Commonwealth.  These are the people holding the hands of the children in our care who may   …Continue Reading Happy Social Worker’s Month!

DYS Joins Patrick Administration in White Ribbon Day Pledge Posted on Mar 6

DYS Joins Patrick Administration in White Ribbon Day Pledge

From the halls of the State House to the halls of its youth programs, the Department of Youth Services’ (DYS) commitment to uphold the White Ribbon Day’s pledge was clearly visible. On March 6, DYS staff from various departments, including the Victim Services Unit and   …Continue Reading DYS Joins Patrick Administration in White Ribbon Day Pledge

Governor Patrick, Secretary Polanowicz Promote Safe and Succesful Youth Initiative Posted on Feb 26

Governor Patrick, Secretary Polanowicz Promote Safe and Succesful Youth Initiative

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

Massachusetts Celebrates National Adoption Day Posted on Nov 30

Massachusetts Celebrates National Adoption Day

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

Strengthening Support Services and Empowering Integrated Care Posted on Nov 6

Strengthening Support Services and Empowering Integrated Care

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

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

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: