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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

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

Celebrating Health IT Week 2014: Reduce Costs, Improve Quality, Ensure Privacy Posted on Sep 15

Celebrating Health IT Week 2014: Reduce Costs, Improve Quality, Ensure Privacy

Health information technology is revolutionizing how care is delivered, health information shared, quality measured, reimbursements dispersed, and patients engaged in their own health and health care. This week we celebrate National Health IT Week and the critical role of health IT in transforming and improving the health of patients, health   …Continue Reading Celebrating Health IT Week 2014: Reduce Costs, Improve Quality, Ensure Privacy

PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Posted on Jun 26

PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

After a traumatic event, stress-related reactions are common, but not everyone gets Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects 20% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and untreated symptoms can disrupt normal life. Here are some quick facts about PTSD: PTSD can Affect Anyone There   …Continue Reading PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Massachusetts Mental Health Center Provides a “WARM” place Posted on May 15

Massachusetts Mental Health Center Provides a “WARM” place

The Massachusetts Mental Health Center of the Department of Mental Health (DMH), which is located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, is a “WARM” place. Brigham & Women’s Hospital operated medical clinic called “Wellness and Recovery Medicine,” or WARM, is a place where DMH   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Mental Health Center Provides a “WARM” place

Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week! Posted on May 6

Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week!

May 4th through the 10th is National Children’s Mental Health Week! Since 2002, the Governor of Massachusetts, along with dozens of mayors across the state, has issued an official proclamation for Children’s Mental Health Week. Children’s Mental Health Week is dedicated to increasing public awareness   …Continue Reading Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week!