Welcome to the new blog space for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This space, Commonwealth Conversations: Health and Human Services, will serve as a platform for EOHHS to communicate to you important issues related to health and human services, clarify what are often confusing, or at times controversial, topics and deliver news that this office and our 16 public agencies have to share.
Some of you may be familiar with Commonwealth Conversations: Public Health, where I have posted on numerous topics during the past year. From national health care reform, to adoption, to breast cancer awareness, to how we pay for health care in the Commonwealth, I have written about a variety of health and human service issues that affect us all.
Similarly, this space will cover a wide range of topics and concerns that affect all residents of Massachusetts, just as, collectively, our agencies do every day. We also anticipate that there will be guest bloggers in this space, to reflect a variety of issues from our agencies as well as those throughout state government. The hope is that in this space, you will be able to understand how our many agencies work together to deliver the services that we do. We’re interested in hearing from all health and human services staff from the heads of the agencies we support, to program managers who juggle projects and coordinate state initiatives, to our many dedicated employees working hard directly with Massachusetts residents everyday.
Additionally, we’ll continue to ‘tweet’ our new blog posts. We invite you to follow us on Twitter: @Mass_HHS and stay informed about our posts and other news from EOHHS. We look forward to your comments and feedback, and hope you’ll engage in the Commonwealth Conversation on this and other important broadcast channels we have developed to keep you up-to-date and informed about our work.
Dr. JudyAnn Bigby
Teaming Up for DYS Youth: A Long-standing Partnership Serves to Inspire posted on Feb 17
If you tried, you probably could hear a pin drop in the room. On a February evening, during a special visit to the Department of Youth Services (DYS) Metro Pre-Trial Detention Unit, nearly a dozen young men sat attentively and completely absorbed in the words …Continue Reading Teaming Up for DYS Youth: A Long-standing Partnership Serves to Inspire
DCF Increases Focus on Foster Care Awareness with the Help of 15 New Recruiters posted on Feb 8
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) begins 2017 with the addition of 15 staff members dedicated to recruiting foster parents across the state. DCF created the foster care recruiter positions as part of the system-wide reform initiated in September 2015 by the Baker-Polito Administration …Continue Reading DCF Increases Focus on Foster Care Awareness with the Help of 15 New Recruiters
Mass. Selected for SAMHSA Policy Academy Focused on Improving Outcomes for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorders posted on Feb 1
Next week, a team of Massachusetts leaders will participate in the 2017 Policy Academy:Improving Outcomes for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Opioid Use Disorders and their Infants, Families and Caregivers. The Academy is sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental HealthService Administration (SAMHSA) of the United …Continue Reading Mass. Selected for SAMHSA Policy Academy Focused on Improving Outcomes for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorders