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Strengthening Communities through Affordable Housing Posted on Aug 15

Strengthening Communities through Affordable Housing

The heat was suppressing, but the unbridled excitement of those crowded inside 48 Boylston St. in Boston paid no mind – they were there to celebrate the creation of affordable housing. Of course there was ample mention of the heat by speakers, but the investment   …Continue Reading Strengthening Communities through Affordable Housing

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

Ombudsman Eases Constituent Worries Posted on Jul 14

Ombudsman Eases Constituent Worries

What Cynthia Miller loves about public service most is helping people solve problems, and as a dedicated public servant, Miller has spent nearly 30 years in state service doing just that. For the past five years Miller has been the Director of Interagency Planning &   …Continue Reading Ombudsman Eases Constituent Worries

Massachusetts Leaders Rally Against Health Stigma Posted on Jul 5

Massachusetts Leaders Rally Against Health Stigma

Despite the fact that one in five adults are affected by mental health illnesses, many do not feel comfortable talking about it openly for fear of being labeled.  For that reason, many CEOs across Massachusetts are pledging to take a stand and help change perception   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Leaders Rally Against Health Stigma

A Day to Celebrate Progress and Strive for More Posted on Jun 15

A Day to Celebrate Progress and Strive for More

With 1 in 5 women suffering from postpartum depression within three months of delivery, many people feel the effects of it, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Marylou Sudders, said in her remarks during yesterday’s Postpartum Awareness Day at the Massachusetts   …Continue Reading A Day to Celebrate Progress and Strive for More

EHS Celebrates April with First Autism Commission Executive Director Posted on Apr 7

EHS Celebrates April with First Autism Commission Executive Director

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is honored to kick off April as Autism Awareness month with the swearing in of Carolyn J. Kain as the Commonwealth’s first Executive Director of the Autism Commission by Governor Charles D.  Baker. “Carolyn brings both   …Continue Reading EHS Celebrates April with First Autism Commission Executive Director

Four Things about “SNAP to Skills” in MA Posted on Mar 11

Four Things about “SNAP to Skills” in MA

This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance was selected to participate in the “SNAP to Skills” project to enhance education and training opportunities for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. As a recipient of SNAP individuals   …Continue Reading Four Things about “SNAP to Skills” in MA

What should you know about the Zika virus? Posted on Mar 2

What should you know about the Zika virus?

The Zika virus has received wide attention over the past several months. Although Zika is present in the United States, with more than 100 confirmed cases, most people who get the virus do not get sick.  In New England, there are three confirmed cases of   …Continue Reading What should you know about the Zika virus?

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