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Category Archives: Children, Youth and Families

Boston Public Market Opening Ceremony Posted on Aug 11

Boston Public Market Opening Ceremony

The highly-anticipated Boston Public Market is officially open, providing residents and patrons access to nutritious food at a first of its kind market in the United States. Similar to the iconic year-round Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, the Boston Public Market offers yet another destination   …Continue Reading Boston Public Market Opening Ceremony

DYS Statewide Youth Showcase 2015 Posted on Jun 5

DYS Statewide Youth Showcase 2015

3rd Annual Event A Huge Success! On May 27th, honored guests, youth, staff, and community stakeholders gathered to spotlight the positive successes and work of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) youth and programs at the hugely successful 3rd Annual DYS “Share Your Art,   …Continue Reading DYS Statewide Youth Showcase 2015

Foster Parents are Lifelong Parents Posted on May 28

Foster Parents are Lifelong Parents

Growing up, Eleanor and Norman Herzig were accustomed to the constant hum of a household with eight or more children living under one roof. It was the noise of their childhood – they came from families of eight and 11 children respectively – and it   …Continue Reading Foster Parents are Lifelong Parents

DYS Statewide Event Spotlights Youth Success Posted on May 14

DYS Statewide Event Spotlights Youth Success

A common challenge for many adolescents is finding healthy outlets where they can explore their interests in constructive ways. For many youth who come into our care and custody, individual access to healthy outlets can sometimes be a significant challenge. One way the Department of   …Continue Reading DYS Statewide Event Spotlights Youth Success

Executive Office Approves New Leaders for Elder Affairs, Transitional Assistance Posted on Apr 22

Executive Office Approves New Leaders for Elder Affairs, Transitional Assistance

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services recently announced appointments in two key positions – the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Department of Transitional Assistance. We are pleased to welcome Secretary Alice Bonner and Commissioner Jeff McCue. Alice Bonner is a nationally known   …Continue Reading Executive Office Approves New Leaders for Elder Affairs, Transitional Assistance

Honoring Sheridan Haines: 7 Years Leading Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence Posted on Dec 12

Honoring Sheridan Haines: 7 Years Leading  Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence

On June 6, 2007,  Governor Deval Patrick signed Executive Order 486 establishing the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence with the goals of improving policies, legislation and responses. This month, the Commonwealth’s First Lady Diane Patrick thanked the Council’s Executive Director Sheridan Haines for   …Continue Reading Honoring Sheridan Haines: 7 Years Leading Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence

Dept of Transitional Assistance Recognized for Excellence in Technology Posted on Dec 8

Dept of Transitional Assistance Recognized for Excellence in Technology

In recognition of the successful implementation of the Department of Transitional Assistance’s (DTA) Business Process Redesign, Commissioner Stacey Monahan was recognized at the annual Massachusetts Excellence in Technology Awards for DTA’s new Business Process Redesign (BPR). The Department’s  new business model and technological advancements ensure efficient and accurate   …Continue Reading Dept of Transitional Assistance Recognized for Excellence in Technology

Secretary Polanowicz Congratulates New Americans Posted on Dec 4

Secretary Polanowicz Congratulates New Americans

Remarks from Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz at the December 4, 2014 Naturalization Ceremony at Faneuil Hall. Good afternoon and congratulations on this final step in your incredible journey! I am John Polanowicz, Secretary of Massachusetts’ Health and Human Services, and it is truly   …Continue Reading Secretary Polanowicz Congratulates New Americans

HHS Secretary Polanowicz Promotes Infant Safe Sleep at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital Posted on Nov 19

HHS Secretary Polanowicz Promotes Infant Safe Sleep at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital

Health and Human Services Secretary Polanowicz tours the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital Maternity Suite to promote infant safe sleep practices to reduce risks associated with Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), the leading cause of death among infants between the ages of one to 11 months and often   …Continue Reading HHS Secretary Polanowicz Promotes Infant Safe Sleep at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital

Department of Youth Services Leadership and Programs Receive National Recognition Posted on Oct 27

Department of Youth Services Leadership and Programs Receive National Recognition

The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) was nationally recognized by the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) for excellence in residential youth programming and exemplary leadership. DYS staff at the Worcester Secure Treatment, a DYS hardware residential center for boys, won the 2014  CJCA Barbara Allen-Hagen Award   …Continue Reading Department of Youth Services Leadership and Programs Receive National Recognition