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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

Zakim Goes Green For Mental Health Month Posted on May 22

Zakim Goes Green For Mental Health Month

Last year, when Josh Powers saw the Zakim Bridge lit up in blue for autism awareness, he immediately knew what he wanted to do.  He wanted to see the bridge lit with green lights to raise awareness around mental health.  “I want more people to   …Continue Reading Zakim Goes Green For Mental Health Month

Celebrate Mental Health Month with DMH on Twitter Posted on Apr 27

Celebrate Mental Health Month with DMH on Twitter

31 Days of May – #MentalHealthMonth May is Mental Health Month and this is the time of year when the Department of Mental Health (DMH) observes and celebrates the importance of how much mental health matters to all of us. Each day in May, we will   …Continue Reading Celebrate Mental Health Month with DMH on Twitter

From Serving Homeless To Setting Policy: Meet Dr. Monica Bharel Posted on Feb 25

From Serving Homeless To Setting Policy: Meet Dr. Monica Bharel

We are proud to welcome a champion of human rights and health care for everyone. From tackling homelessness to reducing disparities in care, Dr. Monica Bharel, our new Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, will bring experience and passion to the task of keeping   …Continue Reading From Serving Homeless To Setting Policy: Meet Dr. Monica Bharel

Medicare Open Enrollment is Here: October 15th to December 7th! Posted on Nov 4

Medicare Open Enrollment is Here: October 15th to December 7th!

Every year, the arrival of autumn brings falling leaves, cooler days and nights, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Medicare Open Enrollment. Medicare beneficiaries or prospective beneficiaries have the option of signing up for Medicare health and prescription drug benefit plans, including Medicare Advantage, during Open Enrollment.  If   …Continue Reading Medicare Open Enrollment is Here: October 15th to December 7th!

Health Information Technology Driving State Innovation Posted on Sep 18

Health Information Technology Driving State Innovation

The Massachusetts State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative, funded by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is driving enhancements to health information technology and data collection infrastructure across the Commonwealth.  The SIM initiative is a coordinated inter-agency effort to use advancements in technology to   …Continue Reading Health Information Technology Driving State Innovation