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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

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