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Executive Office Approves New Leaders for Elder Affairs, Transitional Assistance Posted on Apr 22

Executive Office Approves New Leaders for Elder Affairs, Transitional Assistance

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services recently announced appointments in two key positions – the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Department of Transitional Assistance. We are pleased to welcome Secretary Alice Bonner and Commissioner Jeff McCue. Alice Bonner is a nationally known   …Continue Reading Executive Office Approves New Leaders for Elder Affairs, Transitional Assistance

THE OPIOID CRISIS: Governor’s Working Group Hears From The Community Posted on Apr 9

THE OPIOID CRISIS: Governor’s Working Group Hears From The Community

Four listening sessions. Hundreds of voices. “My daughter felt ashamed, isolated. Stigma keeps kids from getting help.” -Jennifer “We need to create compelling reasons for parents to come to the table and have conversations and we are not talking about middle school and high school.   …Continue Reading THE OPIOID CRISIS: Governor’s Working Group Hears From The Community

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

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