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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

“It Takes a Village…” Posted on Dec 7

By Director of Assistive Technology for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Karen Langley There is an old African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  When the child has a disability, it can take the involvement of many   …Continue Reading “It Takes a Village…”

Construction of new mental health facility progresses in Worcester Posted on Dec 1

Construction of new mental health facility progresses in Worcester

By DMH Commissioner Barbara Leadholm With less than a year until the opening of the Department of Mental Health’s new Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) I want to take the opportunity to thank the hundreds of individuals — consumers, family members, staff, providers, state   …Continue Reading Construction of new mental health facility progresses in Worcester

Giving Thanks by Giving Back Posted on Nov 28

Giving Thanks by Giving Back

By DMH General Counsel Lester Blumberg   Each year the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I find myself walking into Florian Hall in Dorchester along with dozens of volunteers from the Department Mental Health, kids from local schools, members of the Boston Fire Department Local 718, Friends of   …Continue Reading Giving Thanks by Giving Back

It takes a partnership…to provide alternatives for at-risk youth Posted on Nov 17

It takes a partnership…to provide alternatives for at-risk youth

By DYS Commissioner Jane Tewksbury Earlier this month the Department of Youth Services began the official implementation of a $610,000 Youth Mentoring Grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to the state Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public   …Continue Reading It takes a partnership…to provide alternatives for at-risk youth

Department of Transitional Assistance honored with USDA Hunger Champions Award Posted on Nov 14

Department of Transitional Assistance honored with USDA Hunger Champions Award

By DTA Commissioner Julia Kehoe The tornados and storms that struck Massachusetts on June 1, 2011 resulted in devastation across central and western Massachusetts.  State agencies and nonprofits worked together to provide relief to affected residents, and I am proud that the Department of Transitional   …Continue Reading Department of Transitional Assistance honored with USDA Hunger Champions Award