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Category Archives: Children, Youth and Families

An inspirational visit with lasting effects Posted on Apr 11

By DYS Assistant Commissioner Peter Forbes Recently, Celtics guard Keyon Dooling met with DYS youth at the Metro Youth Service Center in Dorchester. Keyon spoke to them about his life experiences, from growing up in a rough neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, to becoming an NBA   …Continue Reading An inspirational visit with lasting effects

Increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention Posted on Apr 5

Increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention

By DPH’s Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services Unit Marci Diamond Sexual violence is everyone’s issue: in fact, a new national study found that one in three women and one in five men in Massachusetts have experienced sexual violence, typically starting at a young age.   …Continue Reading Increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention

Fifth annual White Ribbon Day campaign culminates March 1 Posted on Feb 27

Fifth annual White Ribbon Day campaign culminates March 1

By DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain  “From this day forward, I promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women.” – Massachusetts White Ribbon Pledge  On December 6, 2011, Jane Doe Inc., a statewide coalition against sexual assault and domestic violence, launched the   …Continue Reading Fifth annual White Ribbon Day campaign culminates March 1

Commonwealth’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative advances with powerful public service message Posted on Feb 15

Commonwealth’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative advances with powerful public service message By Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families Marilyn Anderson Chase The Patrick-Murray Administration’s $10 million Safe and Successful Youth Initiative is designed to end youth violence in communities throughout the Commonwealth. As part of this initiative, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) today unveiled an online public service announcement entitled: “Stop. Think. Let it Go.” The public awareness campaign is designed to encourage youth to think and reconsider the consequences of their actions before engaging in violent activity. The PSA follows a related radio campaign which began last summer to promote the state’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative.

A smart step toward reducing alcohol use among our youth Posted on Feb 7

A smart step toward reducing alcohol use among our youth

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

Providing enrichment and support to 40,000 children every day: DCF Kids Fund Posted on Feb 1

Providing enrichment and support to 40,000 children every day: DCF Kids Fund

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

Governor Patrick and ChopChop Magazine Team Up to Provide Healthy Recipes for Children and Their Families Using Locally Grown Produce Posted on Dec 20

Governor Patrick and ChopChop Magazine Team Up to Provide Healthy Recipes for Children and Their Families Using Locally Grown Produce

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

“It Takes a Village…” Posted on Dec 7

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…”

Giving Thanks by Giving Back Posted on Nov 28

Giving Thanks by Giving Back

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

Finding ways to deliver optimal support Posted on Nov 22

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