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New program will help fortify state’s 21% drop in homelessness among veterans Posted on Jan 6

New program will help fortify state’s 21% drop in homelessness among veterans

By Department of Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Coleman Nee  Yesterday, the New England Center for Homelessness and the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) unveiled the Statewide Housing Advocacy for Reintegration and Prevention (SHARP) initiative, a new federally-funded pilot program that will serve chronically homeless veterans in   …Continue Reading New program will help fortify state’s 21% drop in homelessness among veterans

Making resolutions you can really keep Posted on Jan 5

Making resolutions you can really keep

By Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein   It’s the start of the New Year, and many of us are being inundated by an avalanche of New Year’s resolutions. We are warned to start exercising regularly; address weight concerns; stop smoking; give up   …Continue Reading Making resolutions you can really keep

Fostering ‘epic’ experiences and building a stronger workforce Posted on Dec 30

Fostering ‘epic’ experiences and building a stronger workforce

By Massachusetts Commissioner for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Heidi L. Reed  The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is committed to supporting deaf and hard of hearing residents look for, and transition to, gainful employment so that they may   …Continue Reading Fostering ‘epic’ experiences and building a stronger workforce

Manager at Soldier’s Home in Chelsea receives award for updating and modernizing aging infrastructure Posted on Dec 27

Manager at Soldier’s Home in Chelsea receives award for updating and modernizing aging infrastructure

By Chelsea Soldiers’ Home Commandant Michael Resca The Chelsea Soldiers’ Home is a multi-faceted health care facility available to eligible veterans of Massachusetts.  One of the persistent challenges faced by the Home is the ability to provide modern services on a campus that includes a   …Continue Reading Manager at Soldier’s Home in Chelsea receives award for updating and modernizing aging infrastructure

$26.75 Billion waiver agreement with CMS will strongly support integrated health care in Massachusetts Posted on Dec 22

$26.75 Billion waiver agreement with CMS will strongly support integrated health care in Massachusetts

By Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby Earlier this week, Governor Patrick announced that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has renewed Massachusetts’ 1115 Research and Demonstration Waiver Agreement, commonly referred to as the Waiver. Yesterday’s announcement of a $26.75   …Continue Reading $26.75 Billion waiver agreement with CMS will strongly support integrated health care in Massachusetts

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

Another step forward to integrate care for MassHealth and Medicare members Posted on Dec 15

Another step forward to integrate care for MassHealth and Medicare members

By Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby I am delighted to update you on a very important MassHealth initiative. Readers of “Commonwealth Conversations: Health and Human Services” may have read about this initiative in June. MassHealth and the federal government are working   …Continue Reading Another step forward to integrate care for MassHealth and Medicare members

“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…”

Construction of new mental health facility progresses in Worcester Posted on Dec 1

Construction of new mental health facility progresses in Worcester

By DMH Commissioner Barbara Leadholm With less than a year until the opening of the Department of Mental Health’s new Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) I want to take the opportunity to thank the hundreds of individuals — consumers, family members, staff, providers, state   …Continue Reading Construction of new mental health facility progresses in Worcester

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