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Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Children: Health Services

B16 Head Start

B17 Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition

B18 Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs

B19 Office of Adolescent Health and Youth Development

B20 Division of Violence and Injury Prevention


B16 Head Start - State Collaboration Project
Department of Early Education and Care
51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Tel: 617-988-6600
www.mass.gov/eec

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 Early Childhood Learning &Knowledge Center: 1-866-763-6481 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.


B17 Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-6060
TTY: 617-624-6001
Fax: 617-624-6062
www.mass.gov/orgs/bureau-of-family-health-and-nutrition

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 for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs (see B18 below); 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.


B18 Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needss
Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-6060
Community Support Line: 1-800-882-1435
Fax: 617-624-6062
www.mass.gov/dph/specialhealthneeds
E-mail: Elaine.Gabovitch@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; 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 Pediatric Palliative Care Network; 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.


B19 Office of Adolescent Health and Youth Development
Division of Health Access
Bureau of Community Health and Prevention
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-6060
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.


B20 Division of Violence and Injury Prevention
Bureau of Community Health and Prevention
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-624-5413
www.mass.gov/dph/dvip

This division oversees the 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. Its Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Unit offers programs related to batterer intervention, bullying prevention, gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender youth. The Child and Youth Violence Prevention Unit offers programs and services that include gang intervention, and high-risk youth mentor/apprentice and job readiness and employment programs.


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