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Fostering youth development at DCF’s Annual Youth Summit Posted on Jul 24

Fostering youth development at DCF’s Annual Youth Summit

By DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain On July 19 the Department of Children and Families (DCF) hosted the agency’s annual Foster Youth Summit for youth in our care. We were honored to be joined by Governor Patrick and Secretary Bigby to kick off this event. More   …Continue Reading Fostering youth development at DCF’s Annual Youth Summit

True stories of transitions to independence highlighted in Holyoke, Lowell and Worcester Posted on Jul 18

True stories of transitions to independence highlighted in Holyoke, Lowell and Worcester

By DTA Commissioner Dan Curley Recently, the Department was privileged to host distinguished members of Congress and the state Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, for events at three of our local Transitional Assistance Offices (TAOs).  The purpose was to highlight how   …Continue Reading True stories of transitions to independence highlighted in Holyoke, Lowell and Worcester

One year later, tornado response team remains strong Posted on Jun 1

One year later, tornado response team remains strong

 By DTA Commissioner Dan Curley When a tornado watch was announced for Western Massachusetts earlier this week, thousands of residents of the Commonwealth and hundreds of employees at the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) held their breath.  Memories of the June 1, 2011 tornados and   …Continue Reading One year later, tornado response team remains strong

Department of Transitional Assistance receives special recognition from the Obama Administration for its tornado response Posted on Apr 13

By Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families Marilyn Chase Following the unusual tornadoes that touched down last June in Central and Western Massachusetts, the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) quickly responded to ensure assistance for affected residents. The DTA team exhibited tremendous fortitude, putting   …Continue Reading Department of Transitional Assistance receives special recognition from the Obama Administration for its tornado response

Increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention Posted on Apr 5

Increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention

By DPH’s Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services Unit Marci Diamond Sexual violence is everyone’s issue: in fact, a new national study found that one in three women and one in five men in Massachusetts have experienced sexual violence, typically starting at a young age.   …Continue Reading Increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention

DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5 Posted on Apr 3

DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5

By DTA Commissioner Dan Curley Few of us will forget the sight of the darkened Prudential Tower and surrounding buildings on the evening of March 13, especially those who live in the immediate area and were forced to evacuate their homes. A fire at an   …Continue Reading DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5

National Brain Injury Awareness Month: Reaching Out to Veterans Posted on Mar 13

By Nicky Osborne, Director of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) – Brain Injury & Statewide Specialized Community Services (BI&SSCS) March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, when the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) redoubles its efforts to promote awareness that a brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere,   …Continue Reading National Brain Injury Awareness Month: Reaching Out to Veterans

Hire a Veteran ‘On Demand’ Posted on Mar 6

Hire a Veteran ‘On Demand’

By Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Coleman F. Nee Despite recent positive news on declining unemployment, veterans as a whole remain unemployed at a much higher rate than national and state averages. Unemployment rates are even higher among young veterans and women veterans. (For the   …Continue Reading Hire a Veteran ‘On Demand’

The role of the Office for Human Rights (OHR) at the Department of Developmental Services Posted on Feb 23

The role of the Office for Human Rights (OHR) at the Department of Developmental Services

By DDS Commissioner Elin Howe Many of you may be familiar with the mission and work of the Department of Developmental Services but may be less familiar with the Department’s Office for Human Rights (OHR). This important office oversees a system of safeguards to affirm,   …Continue Reading The role of the Office for Human Rights (OHR) at the Department of Developmental Services

Commonwealth’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative advances with powerful public service message Posted on Feb 15

Commonwealth’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative advances with powerful public service message By Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families Marilyn Anderson Chase The Patrick-Murray Administration’s $10 million Safe and Successful Youth Initiative is designed to end youth violence in communities throughout the Commonwealth. As part of this initiative, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) today unveiled an online public service announcement entitled: “Stop. Think. Let it Go.” The public awareness campaign is designed to encourage youth to think and reconsider the consequences of their actions before engaging in violent activity. The PSA follows a related radio campaign which began last summer to promote the state’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative.