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 Assistance (DTA) played a part.
Recently, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its Hunger Champions awards for 2011. These awards typically honor ongoing work in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); however, this year USDA gave special recognition for SNAP disaster assistance. I am pleased to announce that our Springfield and Southbridge offices received this special recognition in honor of their “extremely well-organized and immediate response to the needs of over 10,000 people in communities and neighborhoods in western Massachusetts that experienced a June 1, 2011 tornado.”
Please join me in congratulating the following Directors of Transitional Assistance Offices (TAOs) in the western region: Claudette Champagne (Springfield, Liberty Street); Melissa Pietraszkiewicz (Springfield, State Street); and Roxanne Smith-Miller (Southbridge), and all of their staff who are recognized by this award. In addition, I extend hearty congratulations and thanks to the hundreds of my DTA colleagues from across the state who worked long hours in many locations throughout the disaster relief effort. Ours was truly a Department-wide response; I am humbled by the teamwork and dedication you demonstrated in June, and continue to demonstrate each and every day.
To see all of the recipients of the 2011 SNAP Hunger Champions Awards, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/coalition/hunger-champions_11.pdf.
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