Rally to Restore MassHealth Adult Dental Benefits

Speak Up for Oral Health Rally to Restore MassHealth Adult Dental Benefits Oral health is a crucial part of overall health. Cuts to MassHealth adult dental benefits put vulnerable populations at risk and costs the state more money in the long run. Join us at the State House to make sure that public officials know…

SSI – An Important Life-Line For Youth With Mental Illnesses

December 22, 2010 SSI – An Important Life-Line For Youth With Mental Illnesses The recent Globe series on the challenges in administering the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program raised many important issues regarding eligibility, oversight and disincentives to work.  However, we are concerned that the series may have inadvertently fostered misinformation, faulty stereotypes and prejudice…

Experiences of a Certified Peer Specialist on a PACT Team

Experiences of a Certified Peer Specialist on a PACT Team by Mary Morin When asked to write this, I had originally thought that the working title could be, “The Typical Day of a Certified Peer Specialist”.  However, in my experience, there was no typical day!  My assignments and responsibilities were many, and varied greatly from…

EOHHS FY2012 Budget Hearing

EOHHS FY12 Budget Hearing The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) will be conducting a public hearing on the upcoming Fiscal Year 2012 budget. Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, M.D., and the Assistant Secretaries at EOHHS are looking forward to hearing the views of members of the community regarding the agencies under their purview.  The…

Open forums about Current Mental Health/Addictions Services & new directions in Mass

The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) The Partnership that Works Please join us for an open forum about current mental health and addictions services and new directions in Massachusetts. MBHP continues to develop and implement many innovative supports so that people with lived experience can lead lives of safety, stability, community, and accomplishment. This forum…

Dept. of Mental Health Public Forums

Department of Mental Health ANNOUNCING A SERIES OF PUBLIC FORUMS “Community First and Our Future” The Department of Mental Health will hold a series of public forums throughout the state to discuss and gain input on the Department’s vision and goal of Community First and the future of the public mental health system. The forums…

Proposed Closure of the Psychiatric Beds at HealthAlliance’s Burbank Campus

December 1, 2010 John Auerbach, Commissioner, Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street Boston, MA  02108 Re:  Essential Services testimony for the proposed closure of the Psychiatric Beds at HealthAlliance’s Burbank Campus Dear Commissioner Auerbach: I submit this testimony on behalf of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass).  The mission of…