By Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby There’s no question that underage drinking is a serious public health problem in communities across the nation. Here in Massachusetts, we’ve made progress in reducing rates of alcohol consumption among our young people, but there’s still …Continue Reading A smart step toward reducing alcohol use among our youth
By DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain For many children in the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), there is a need for additional support and services in order to meet their basic and life-enriching needs. Fortunately, these children have the support of the DCF …Continue Reading Providing enrichment and support to 40,000 children every day: DCF Kids Fund
By Emma Morrison, Communications Fellow at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services As I walked into Community Servings (www.servings.org) in Jamaica Plain today, I was surprised to find so many excited children milling around, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Governor Deval Patrick. As …Continue Reading Governor Patrick and ChopChop Magazine Team Up to Provide Healthy Recipes for Children and Their Families Using Locally Grown Produce
By Director of Assistive Technology for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Karen Langley There is an old African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” When the child has a disability, it can take the involvement of many …Continue Reading “It Takes a Village…”
By DMH General Counsel Lester Blumberg Each year the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I find myself walking into Florian Hall in Dorchester along with dozens of volunteers from the Department Mental Health, kids from local schools, members of the Boston Fire Department Local 718, Friends of …Continue Reading Giving Thanks by Giving Back
By Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families Kathy Betts Throughout the tenure of the Patrick-Murray Administration, we have heard consistently from Commonwealth residents across the state that the needs of children, youth and families receiving services from state agencies could be better coordinated. The …Continue Reading Finding ways to deliver optimal support
By Ann Nelson, adoptive parent in Swampscott Today, on National Adoption Day, my husband and I will adopt our second child. Our adoption story began 30 years ago when our two birth sons were seven and five-years-old, and we adopted a baby girl. My …Continue Reading Rediscovering the joys of adoption, 30 years later
By DYS Commissioner Jane Tewksbury Earlier this month the Department of Youth Services began the official implementation of a $610,000 Youth Mentoring Grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to the state Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public …Continue Reading It takes a partnership…to provide alternatives for at-risk youth
Did you know that there are over 107,000 youth and children waiting to be adopted in the United States? Closer to home, there are 600 children and youth waiting and hoping to find a loving, permanent home in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth has a proud history …Continue Reading November is National Adoption Month!
Posted by Donna Lazorik, RN, MS. Donna is the Immunization Coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The best way to protect yourself and your family from getting sick this flu season is to get vaccinated. …Continue Reading Flu Season is Here – Get Vaccinated Today.