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MassHealth moving forward in transitioning toward Accountable Care Organizations and investing in Behavioral Health and Supports for individuals with disabilities under innovative 5-year waiver Posted on Mar 29

Massachusetts Secretary for Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders announced the next steps in the MassHealth program’s transition from the current fee-for-service system towards coordinated and integrated care to improve members’ health and contain costs under its innovative five-year 1115 waiver. The MassHealth program is   …Continue Reading MassHealth moving forward in transitioning toward Accountable Care Organizations and investing in Behavioral Health and Supports for individuals with disabilities under innovative 5-year waiver

Mass. Selected for SAMHSA Policy Academy Focused on Improving Outcomes for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorders Posted on Feb 1

Mass. Selected for SAMHSA Policy Academy Focused on Improving Outcomes for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorders

Next week, a team of Massachusetts leaders will participate in the 2017 Policy Academy: Improving Outcomes for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Opioid Use Disorders and their Infants, Families and Caregivers. The Academy is sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental HealthService Administration (SAMHSA) of the   …Continue Reading Mass. Selected for SAMHSA Policy Academy Focused on Improving Outcomes for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorders

September is National Recovery Month Posted on Sep 12

September is National Recovery Month

Did you know that 7.9 million U.S. adults report having had a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, or what’s also known as a co-occurring disorder?[i] During September, the Department of Mental Health is observing National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month educates Americans   …Continue Reading September is National Recovery Month

A New Hope for Women with Addictions Posted on Aug 8

A New Hope for Women with Addictions

The second phase of the Women’s Recovery from Addictions Program (WRAP) in Taunton opened in July, 2016 officially closing the chapter on the day when women with substance use disorders are sent to prison for treatment. State officials who recently toured the new unit including Governor   …Continue Reading A New Hope for Women with Addictions

HHS Summer Tips and Activities Posted on Aug 2

HHS Summer Tips and Activities

There’s always plenty to do in Massachusetts in the summer. While so many options are available for you, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services has a couple suggestions on how to enjoy the summer. Farmer’s Markets through DTA and EOEA Fresh fruits and   …Continue Reading HHS Summer Tips and Activities

22nd Express Yourself “Illuminates” Citi Performing Arts Center Posted on Jun 9

22nd Express Yourself “Illuminates” Citi Performing Arts Center

As DMH Commissioner Joan Mikula proclaimed that evening, this year’s Express Yourself (EXYO) event was magical! True to the theme of “Illuminate” the entire Citi Performing Arts Center was shining as the thanks to the florescent glow sticks each audience member received. There was no   …Continue Reading 22nd Express Yourself “Illuminates” Citi Performing Arts Center

MASSHEALTH OPERATIONS: Employee Spotlight on Jean Batty Posted on Feb 17

MASSHEALTH OPERATIONS: Employee Spotlight on Jean Batty

Do you know what a “disability accommodations ombudsperson” is? And if so, did you know that MassHealth has one? Our ombudsperson is Jean Batty. She’s held this position for about two years, and can be found at 100 Hancock Street in North Quincy. Despite being   …Continue Reading MASSHEALTH OPERATIONS: Employee Spotlight on Jean Batty

Massachusetts Ranked #11 in Healthy Living in Recent Resident Survey Posted on Feb 1

Massachusetts Ranked #11 in Healthy Living in Recent Resident Survey

Recently, a survey that spread throughout major cities in the United States ranked Massachusetts as the 21st best state in which to own a home. In what areas did we excel? The consensus across the country is that Massachusetts offers high levels of educational opportunity,   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Ranked #11 in Healthy Living in Recent Resident Survey

September, National Recovery Month Posted on Sep 21

September, National Recovery Month

  For DMH’s Deaf and hard of hearing community, the benefits of peer specialists are beginning to blossom  September marks the 26th anniversary of Recovery Month, a time to spread the word that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is   …Continue Reading September, National Recovery Month

21st Annual Express Yourself Posted on Jun 2

21st Annual Express Yourself

For the past 21 years, Joan Mikula has championed Express Yourself (EXYO) and the youth served by all the programs and supports offered by the DMH Child and Adolescent Services Division. This year, as our new Commissioner, she made her first official EXYO stage appearance with   …Continue Reading 21st Annual Express Yourself