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Free Mass. Rehabilitation Commission Screenings Offered to Veterans Posted on Aug 27

Free Mass. Rehabilitation Commission Screenings Offered to Veterans

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s (MRC) has several ongoing efforts to reach out to Iraq and Afghanistan (OIF/OEF) veterans who may have sustained a combat-related concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Last week, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s (MRC) Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) offered screening   …Continue Reading Free Mass. Rehabilitation Commission Screenings Offered to Veterans

SNAP Challenge Concludes with “A Place at the Table” Posted on Jun 19

SNAP Challenge Concludes with “A Place at the Table”

Following seven days of bagged lunches and homemade meals — all purchased on a budget of $31.50 — Secretary  Polanowicz, Commissioner Monahan and other participants are at the end of the 2013 SNAP Challenge. However, for millions of Americans, the challenge to fight hunger continues.   …Continue Reading SNAP Challenge Concludes with “A Place at the Table”

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