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May is Older Americans Month: Unleashing the Power of Age Posted on May 21

May is Older Americans Month: Unleashing the Power of Age

A message from the Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein Fifty years ago, the youngest United States president designated May Senior Citizens Month.  At the time President Kennedy issued his proclamation, 17 million Americans had reached their 65th birthday.  Medicare wouldn’t be enacted until   …Continue Reading May is Older Americans Month: Unleashing the Power of Age

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!

The Transformative Power of Performing Arts: Using Creative Arts to Strengthen DYS Youth Success Posted on Apr 8

The Transformative Power of Performing Arts: Using Creative Arts to Strengthen DYS Youth Success

By Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger, Communications Coordinator, Department of Youth Services Studies show that integrating the creative arts into a young person’s life enhances their academic, social, and personal developmental outcomes. The Department of Youth Services (DYS) uses creative arts programming to provide supportive relationships and to build skills   …Continue Reading The Transformative Power of Performing Arts: Using Creative Arts to Strengthen DYS Youth Success

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

Community partnership addresses important barriers for DYS youth Posted on Sep 18

Community partnership addresses important barriers for DYS youth

By Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger, communications coordinator for the Department of Youth Services Through an enduring government and nonprofit partnership, youth engaged with the Department of Youth Services (DYS) are receiving leadership and employment training from social enterprise More Than Words (MTW). Since 2006, More Than Words (MTW) has   …Continue Reading Community partnership addresses important barriers for DYS youth

Childcare for Refugee Populations: Partnerships for Increased Access Posted on Aug 30

By: Diane M. Randolph, Director, Community Building Unit/ Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) There is a well-known African adage: It takes a village to raise a child. Seemingly this phrase hasn’t lost its accuracy. The United States has consistently received an influx of   …Continue Reading Childcare for Refugee Populations: Partnerships for Increased Access

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

DYS state-wide training event celebrates staff and client achievement Posted on Jul 31

DYS state-wide training event celebrates staff and client achievement

By DYS Commissioner Edward Dolan The dedication and efforts of DYS staff are critically important to the mission of impacting the lives of youth in our care. We recently recognized our employee’s work by honoring more than 100 DYS clinicians, caseworkers, district managers and resource   …Continue Reading DYS state-wide training event celebrates staff and client achievement

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