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Department of Transitional Assistance receives special recognition from the Obama Administration for its tornado response Posted on Apr 13

By Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families Marilyn Chase Following the unusual tornadoes that touched down last June in Central and Western Massachusetts, the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) quickly responded to ensure assistance for affected residents. The DTA team exhibited tremendous fortitude, putting   …Continue Reading Department of Transitional Assistance receives special recognition from the Obama Administration for its tornado response

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

DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5 Posted on Apr 3

DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5

By DTA Commissioner Dan Curley Few of us will forget the sight of the darkened Prudential Tower and surrounding buildings on the evening of March 13, especially those who live in the immediate area and were forced to evacuate their homes. A fire at an   …Continue Reading DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5

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

State undertakes a new initiative to improve the quality of health care Posted on Feb 23

By Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Áron Boros and Commissioner of Public Health John Auerbach Firmly established as a national leader in guaranteeing health coverage for all its residents, Massachusetts is turning to the next phase of innovation, improving value   …Continue Reading State undertakes a new initiative to improve the quality of health care

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

Helping Massachusetts refugees ‘RISE’ toward independence Posted on Jan 23

By Emel Hadzipasic, director of development and planning for the Office of Refugees and Immigrants (ORI)  Recently, the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide enhanced employment services to newly arrived refugees   …Continue Reading Helping Massachusetts refugees ‘RISE’ toward independence

An introduction from new DTA Commissioner Dan Curley Posted on Jan 17

An introduction from new DTA Commissioner Dan Curley

I am honored and excited to join the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) team.    Like many of our staff members, I have a long history in the health and human services fields.  Prior to joining DTA, I was the Executive Director for JRI Health, a   …Continue Reading An introduction from new DTA Commissioner Dan Curley

Through collaboration with Department of Public Health, MassHealth members quit smoking while saving the Commonwealth $3 for every $1 spent Posted on Jan 10

By Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby  Some of you may have heard the great news last week from George Washington University, which released a study showing that that for every dollar MassHealth spends helping its members quit smoking, it saves the   …Continue Reading Through collaboration with Department of Public Health, MassHealth members quit smoking while saving the Commonwealth $3 for every $1 spent