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Category Archives: Children, Youth and Families

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:

Let’s Celebrate Citizenship! Posted on Sep 17

Let’s Celebrate Citizenship!

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!

DYS Initiative Wins 2013 Governor’s Award Posted on Aug 20

DYS Initiative Wins 2013 Governor’s Award

The Department of Youth Services’ Central Region Reception Center (CRRC) was recently awarded the 2013 Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service. Presented annually, the Carballo award is given to the top 10 employees or groups of employees who exemplify the highest standards   …Continue Reading DYS Initiative Wins 2013 Governor’s Award

Department of Children & Families 2013 Foster Youth Summit Posted on Jul 22

Department of Children & Families 2013 Foster Youth Summit

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

June 20: Massachusetts Refugee Day Posted on Jun 20

June 20: Massachusetts Refugee Day

Each year on June 20th the United Nations and countless civic groups around the world celebrate World Refugee Day. It was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength, and determination of women, men, and children who are forced to flee their homes   …Continue Reading June 20: Massachusetts Refugee Day

May is Mental Health Month: Take the Hero of Hope Pledge! Posted on May 10

May is Mental Health Month: Take the Hero of Hope Pledge!

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!

The Transformative Power of Performing Arts: Using Creative Arts to Strengthen DYS Youth Success Posted on Apr 8

The Transformative Power of Performing Arts: Using Creative Arts to Strengthen DYS Youth Success

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

Don’t Give Up, Be Persistent: Lessons from Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall Posted on Oct 19

Don’t Give Up, Be Persistent: Lessons from Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall

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