Mass Health and Human Services Blog

Making Massachusetts a better place to live

Category Archives: Human Services

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.

State plan for managing Alzheimer’s advances Posted on Feb 15

State plan for managing Alzheimer’s advances

By Elder Affairs’ Secretary Ann Hartstein Last week the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders State Plan was released by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) and the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts /New Hampshire chapter. The plan provides recommendations, resources, goals and strategies to improve the lives   …Continue Reading State plan for managing Alzheimer’s advances

Providing enrichment and support to 40,000 children every day: DCF Kids Fund Posted on Feb 1

Providing enrichment and support to 40,000 children every day: DCF Kids Fund

By DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain For many children in the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), there is a need for additional support and services in order to meet their basic and life-enriching needs. Fortunately, these children have the support of the DCF   …Continue Reading Providing enrichment and support to 40,000 children every day: DCF Kids Fund

An introduction from new DTA Commissioner Dan Curley Posted on Jan 17

An introduction from new DTA Commissioner Dan Curley

I am honored and excited to join the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) team.    Like many of our staff members, I have a long history in the health and human services fields.  Prior to joining DTA, I was the Executive Director for JRI Health, a   …Continue Reading An introduction from new DTA Commissioner Dan Curley

Six years of creating opportunities to purchase assistive technology Posted on Jan 12

Six years of creating opportunities to purchase assistive technology

By MRC Commissioner Charles Carr   In December the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program commemorated six years of successfully securing more than $8.6 million in low-interest loans to state residents with disabilities and their families so they can buy equipment and services that help them   …Continue Reading Six years of creating opportunities to purchase assistive technology

Governor Patrick and ChopChop Magazine Team Up to Provide Healthy Recipes for Children and Their Families Using Locally Grown Produce Posted on Dec 20

Governor Patrick and ChopChop Magazine Team Up to Provide Healthy Recipes for Children and Their Families Using Locally Grown Produce

By Emma Morrison, Communications Fellow at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services As I walked into Community Servings (www.servings.org) in Jamaica Plain today, I was surprised to find so many excited children milling around, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Governor Deval Patrick.  As   …Continue Reading Governor Patrick and ChopChop Magazine Team Up to Provide Healthy Recipes for Children and Their Families Using Locally Grown Produce