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DYS Youth and Programs Showcase at the State House Posted on Jun 11

DYS Youth and Programs Showcase at the State House

  On June 11, the halls of the State House were filled with the artwork and accomplishments of the young people in DYS. Hundreds of supporters came to celebrate the Department of Youth Services’ first youth showcase including guest speaker, Secretary Polanowicz. “Today’s showcase is tangible evidence of the importance of   …Continue Reading DYS Youth and Programs Showcase at the State House

PSA From Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray: Marathon Recovery Resources Posted on May 14

    Learn More: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/feature-story/marathon-recovery-resources.html

A Moment of Silence – A message from Secretary Polanowicz Posted on Apr 22

A Moment of Silence – A message from Secretary Polanowicz

  This past week has been traumatic and emotional for the city of Boston and its residents, but it has also brought out the best in people who have come together with hope and compassion to heal the city. As President Obama said during his   …Continue Reading A Moment of Silence – A message from Secretary Polanowicz

New England Youth Coalition’s creation and signing of Sibling Bill of Rights highlights the importance of sibling bonds within foster families Posted on Jun 20

New England Youth Coalition’s creation and signing of Sibling Bill of Rights highlights the importance of sibling bonds within foster families

By DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain On May 24, I had the honor of joining members of the New England Youth Coalition (NEYC) as we signed the Sibling’s Bill of Rights. The Sibling’s Bill of Rights was developed to recognize the importance and value of sibling   …Continue Reading New England Youth Coalition’s creation and signing of Sibling Bill of Rights highlights the importance of sibling bonds within foster families

Strawberries: An Early Summer Superstar Posted on Jun 13

Strawberries: An Early Summer Superstar

By Lani Telian, Department of Public HealthHealth Communication Specialist at the Department of Public Health If someone asked me if I wanted a piece of fruit containing over 200 seeds, I’d politely decline and settle for a less-complicated banana. But if that same person asked   …Continue Reading Strawberries: An Early Summer Superstar

May is Older Americans Month Posted on May 2

May is Older Americans Month

By Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein May is Older Americans Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the nation’s seniors. Since 1963, when President John F. Kennedy first proclaimed May as Senior Citizens Month, political officials, advocacy groups, community organizations and families   …Continue Reading May is Older Americans Month

The Department of Youth Services (DYS) celebrates teens using artwork for positive change Posted on Mar 2

On February 28th, the Department of Youth Services (DYS) hosted a reception at the Boston federal courthouse to showcase the works of a unique group of artists. The artists are children that have been involved with DYS, the state juvenile justice agency. The theme of   …Continue Reading The Department of Youth Services (DYS) celebrates teens using artwork for positive change

Options Counseling opens doors for seniors and individuals with disabilities Posted on Dec 9

By Assistant Secretary for Elder Affairs Ruth Palombo Options Counseling is a gateway for many Massachusetts elders and people living with disabilities to receive community supports and services.  Launched throughout the Commonwealth in 2010, Options Counseling provides residents with objective information about long-term services and   …Continue Reading Options Counseling opens doors for seniors and individuals with disabilities

Honoring Veterans each and every day in the Commonwealth Posted on Nov 10

Honoring Veterans each and every day in the Commonwealth

By DVS Secretary Coleman Nee All of us at the Department of Veterans’ Services can sense excitement around this year’s Veterans’ Day (even beyond the fact that since it falls on a Friday it means a long weekend!).  First, it is significant because of the   …Continue Reading Honoring Veterans each and every day in the Commonwealth

Health resource planning and payment reform: taking steps to improve quality and control the costs of health care Posted on Jul 8

Health resource planning and payment reform: taking steps to improve quality and control the costs of health care

By DPH Commissioner John Auerbach Here in Massachusetts, we’re fortunate to have access to some of the best health care in the world, and more and more people have access to care due to the success of health care reform.  But the cost of health   …Continue Reading Health resource planning and payment reform: taking steps to improve quality and control the costs of health care