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Citizens' Guide to State Services

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Children: Health Services

B13 Head Start

B14 Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition

B15 Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood and Special Health Needs

B16 Office of Adolescent Health and Youth Development

B17 Healthy Start Program

B18 Division of Violence and Injury Prevention


B13 Head Start - State Collaboration Project
Department of Early Education and Care
51 Sleeper
Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Tel: 617-988-6600
Fax: 617-988-2451
www.state.ma.us/eec
E-mail: anita.moeller@state.ma.us

The Head Start Program in Massachusetts is sponsored by the Head Start-State Collaboration Project of Massachusetts, funded through the U.S. Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the Collaboration Project is to improve the lives of children and their families in Massachusetts by improving the way services and support for young children are designed, delivered, coordinated and organized. Services provided include the following:

Food, Clothing, and Housing
Financial Aid
Health
Safety
Legal Aid
Early Care and Education
Jobs and Training
Disability Services
Advocacy and Action
Success by 6 Parent Line


B14 Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-6060
Special Needs Community Support Line: 1-800-882-1435
TTY: 617-624-6001
Fax: 617-624-6062
www.mass.gov/dph/

The Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition focuses on the health of infants, children, adolescents as well as men and women through the following divisions: Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood and Special Health Needs; Catastophic Illness in Children Relief Fund and the Nutrition Division. The bureau targets its resources to low-income and special needs individuals and to high need areas of the state in an effort to reach those most at risk for health problems.


B15 Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood and Special Health Needs
Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-6060
Fax: 617-624-6062
www.mass.gov/dph/specialhealthneeds
E-mail: Ron.Benham@state.ma.us

The goal of the division is to reduce rates of infant mortality and low birthweight, to prevent health and developmental problems in infants and children, and to improve the long-term health outcomes in families by targeting services in the reproductive, childhood, and adolescent years. The division strives to reduce barriers to prenatal services, pediatric care and family planning services; and to provide primary care, and family support services to women of reproductive age, women who are pregnant, children and youth in a manner sensitive to individual needs and cultures. Its programs include: Early Intervention; F.O.R. Families (co-run with the Department of Transitional Assistance; see S6 for more information); Safe Motherhood and Universal Newborn Hearing Screening. The division plans, implements and evaluates public health programs for children with special health needs and their families. This role goes back to Title V of the Social Security Act, which established a system for states to provide care for children with special health care needs starting in 1935. Programs include case management of children with special health care needs, such as: the Massachusetts Genetics Program; the Special Medical Fund; which helps when it has been determined that public and private services are not available to the child. The Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund; MassStart (Mass. Technology Assistance Resource Team); and MassCare (Mass. Community AIDS Resource Enhancement Program) are also family-oriented health programs, while the Office on Health and Disability (OHD) seeks to improve the health and well being of persons of all ages with disabilities in Massachusetts.


B16 Office of Adolescent Health and Youth Development
Division of Primary Care and Health Access
Bureau of Community Health and Prevention
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-6078
TTY: 617-624-5992
Fax: 617-624-6062
www.masss.gov/dph

The focus of the division is school age and adolescent health services. The division includes the following programs: Coordinated School Health; School Health Services, Enhanced School Health Services, School-Based Health Centers, and the Office of Adolescent Health and Youth Development which oversees the Abstinence Education and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Challenge Fund.


B17 Healthy Start Program
MassHealth Enrollment center
P.O. Box 290794
Charlestown, MA 02129-0214
Toll Free:1-888-488-9161 (within Mass. only)
www.mass.gov/masshealth

The Healthy Start Program is a program developed in 1985 by the Department of Public Health and the Department of Transitional Assistance, now administered by the Division of Medical Assistance to reduce the incidence of low birthweight babies and infant mortality by promoting early, comprehensive and continuous prenatal care for low-income uninsured women. Healthy Start is focused on reducing the financial barrier to comprehensive obstetrical care. Programs are based at the five regional health offices but serve women throughout the Commonwealth. All information and assistance provided by Healthy Start staff is offered in the woman's primary language in a culturally sensitive manner. Healthy Start pays for comprehensive obstetrical care for women who meet the program's eligibility guidelines by enrolling in MassHealth first. Program staff actively assist women who qualify for Medicaid through the Medicaid enrollment process. Healthy Start assesses clients for other needs and provides information, referral, health education, and advocacy to ensure that those needs are met through community-based service providers. Healthy Start staff also conduct outreach to those populations and communities that are statistically at risk for low birthweight and infant mortality.


B18 Division of Violence and Injury Prevention
Bureau of Community Health and Prevention
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-5463
Fax: 617-624-5075
Llamanos: 1-800-223-5001 (within Mass. only)
Llamanos TTY: 1-800-688-4889 
www.mass.gov/dph/dvip
E-mail: Olga.Higuera@state.ma.us

This division oversees these programs: Emergency Medical Services for Children; Injury Prevention and Control Program; the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention; the Violence Prevention and Intervention Services; the Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services; and Llamanos, a statewide Spanish language sexual assault hotline.


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