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The purpose of this blog is to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between the public and employees of the agencies overseen by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services as well as the executive office itself (EOHHS). We encourage your comments, ideas and concerns and hope that you will find the information here helpful in understanding what your government is doing and what you can do to help. This is a moderated blog, so all comments will be reviewed for compliance with our policies before posting. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage state resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.
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We expect conversations to follow the rules of polite discourse and we ask that participants treat each other, as well as our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that include:
• Profanity and vulgar or abusive language
• Threats of physical or bodily harm
• Sensitive information (for example, information that could compromise public safety)
• Offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups
For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain “on-topic.” This means that comments will be posted only as they relate to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post.
We will not post comments that include:
• Off-topic comments (if you have topics you’d like to hear more about, please suggest them here. If you have off-topic comments that are relevant to our agencies, please email them to Hhswebservice@state.ma.us.
• Questions from the media; and
• Identical posts by the same user (please don’t submit over and over expecting the post to show up faster) or multiple users (a group of people sending identical messages or one person submitting under different aliases). In the case of identical posts, we will post the first submission.
For the purpose of facilitating discussion, we allow users to embed hyperlinks to other websites in their comments. However, we will not post comments containing the following:
- Any code or embedded materials, including, but not limited to images, videos and executable code, except for except for links to another website.
- Any links to a website that contains malicious code, including, but not limited to spyware, viruses and other malware.
If comments are submitted in violation of these provisions, EOHHS reserves the right to either delete the offending materials or to refuse to publish the post in its entirety.
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Autism Awareness Month posted on Apr 22
During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to supporting and improving the lives of individuals living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Under the Patrick Administration, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Autism Program has distinguished itself from many other national programs as the nation’s only …Continue Reading Autism Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month posted on Apr 10
A Message from Kathleen Betts, Assistant Secretary, Office of Children, Youth, and Families: Did you know that 4,418 adolescents and adults are sexually assaulted across our Commonwealth each year? This month, I proudly listened to Governor Deval Patrick proclaim April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. According …Continue Reading Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans posted on Apr 4
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame!” Friday, April 4, 2014 is the Home Opener for the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox. The incredible sights and sounds of Fenway Park are widely discussed, and the current organization has done a wonderful job to ensure that …Continue Reading Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans