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Welcome from Secretary Bigby

Ensuring that the Commonwealth offers optimal support and delivers high-quality and accessible services to children and families are top priorities for the Patrick-Murray Administration. Governor Patrick and I have heard from a diverse range of stakeholders - including families we serve, agency staff, and advocates - about the need for a more integrated and coordinated system of services that strengthens families through a respectful approach that is holistic, responsive to each family's unique needs, strengths-based, community-focused, and committed to healthy development.

EOHHS has continued to think critically about the evolving needs of families and how effective we are in serving those needs. The challenges families face are varied and complex, and our agencies and partners help make a positive difference in the lives of the families and children we serve.

Feedback from families has taught us a great deal. From continued discussions, we know that families value our services and programs. We also know that there are opportunities for improvement, particularly in the way we engage and support families, as well as how families engage and utilize our services and programs. We have heard the need for family-centric model that serves the whole child and family in a well-coordinated and effective manner, ensuring that the right support is offered to families at the right time.

With our legislative partners, we have formed a Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee to help us develop a plan for strengthening services to children, youth and their families. We will be looking at what other states have done to improve service delivery and will hold stakeholder forums to hear suggestions for improvements.

Governor Patrick and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services want to hear from you. If you have ideas and suggestions about how we can improve services or want to share your experience with us, please send an email to:

Thank you for your interest. I look forward to working with the Legislature and the Advisory Committee to design the best system and services for children, youth and families in the Commonwealth.

Advisory Committee Members

Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee Meetings

The meetings are not open to the public. Only Advisory Committee members, Ex Officio members and EOHHS Staff may attend the meetings. Thank you.

July 28, 2011
Great Hall
State House

August 18, 2011
John Adams Courthouse
Conference Suite 1, Floor 2
Boston, MA

September 8, 2011
Hadley Building (DMH)
167 Lyman Street
Westborough, MA 01581
Phone (508) 616-3500

October 3, 2011
Ashburton Café
1 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA

November 2, 2011 
To be determined

November 29, 2011 - CANCELLED

December 6, 2011
Ashburton Café
1 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA

Schedule of CYF Advisory Committee Stakeholder Feedback Forums

CYF Advisory Committee Working Groups 

Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Advisory Committee Final Report January 10, 2012  doc format of CYF Advisory Committee Final Report
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If you would like a copy of the appendix please send an email to

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