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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

Watching the Earth Move: Notes from an MRC Employment Specialist Posted on Oct 31

Watching the Earth Move: Notes from an MRC Employment Specialist

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the third annual Boston Disability Mentoring Day (DMD). This event was a partnership between the City of Boston Commission for Persons with Disabilities and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, to both conclude our mentor/internship program and recognize October as   …Continue Reading Watching the Earth Move: Notes from an MRC Employment Specialist

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!

SECRETARY POLANOWICZ COMMENDS WORK OF AUTISM COMMISSION Posted on Mar 27

SECRETARY POLANOWICZ COMMENDS WORK OF AUTISM COMMISSION

Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz commended the members of the Governor’s Special Commission Relative to Autism for their important work in developing and releasing their report. Secretary Polanowicz was joined by Representative Danielle Gregoire, Autism Commission Chair and former Representative Barbara L’Italien, Assistant Secretary   …Continue Reading SECRETARY POLANOWICZ COMMENDS WORK OF AUTISM COMMISSION

White Cane Day and Disability Mentoring Day celebrate independence of individuals with disabilities Posted on Oct 19

White Cane Day and Disability Mentoring Day celebrate independence of individuals with disabilities

Help blind pedestrians while you drive By MCB Commissioner Janet LaBreck The white cane is a symbol of independence reflecting an individual who is blind’s ability to travel independently. Governor Deval L. Patrick has officially proclaimed October 15th as White Cane Safety Day in the   …Continue Reading White Cane Day and Disability Mentoring Day celebrate independence of individuals with disabilities

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

MCDHH and MRC’s Transition to Work Program 2012 Posted on Aug 29

MCDHH and MRC’s Transition to Work Program 2012

By Commissioner Heidi Reed  For the second consecutive summer, the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) offers Summer Transition to Work services from June to September 2012.  Sixty Deaf and Hard of Hearing   …Continue Reading MCDHH and MRC’s Transition to Work Program 2012

Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital opens today: New facility reflects new frontier for mental health Posted on Aug 16

Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital opens today: New facility reflects new frontier for mental health

By DMH Commissioner Marcia Fowler Today marks the official opening of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH). The new, state-of-the-art facility represents an evolution in modern public psychiatric care and treatment and reflects a remarkable collaboration among scores   …Continue Reading Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital opens today: New facility reflects new frontier for mental health

On the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a resolve to continue championing all rights of all individuals with disabilities Posted on Jul 25

On the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a resolve to continue championing all rights of all individuals with disabilities

By MRC Commissioner Charles Carr As we approach 22nd Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this Thursday, now is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made.  The ADA, a broad civil rights law for people with   …Continue Reading On the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a resolve to continue championing all rights of all individuals with disabilities

True stories of transitions to independence highlighted in Holyoke, Lowell and Worcester Posted on Jul 18

True stories of transitions to independence highlighted in Holyoke, Lowell and Worcester

By DTA Commissioner Dan Curley Recently, the Department was privileged to host distinguished members of Congress and the state Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, for events at three of our local Transitional Assistance Offices (TAOs).  The purpose was to highlight how   …Continue Reading True stories of transitions to independence highlighted in Holyoke, Lowell and Worcester