Massachusetts is the nation’s leader in health reform to pursue near universal access. We lead the nation in insuring our population, with more than 98 percent of residents insured. However, our work is far from complete. We continue to make high-quality, affordable health care available to all residents while pursuing innovative strategies to reduce health care costs.
People should feel safe where they live, work, learn, and play. In partnership with other Massachusetts state agencies, EOHHS builds safe communities — places residents across all geographies and populations call "home.” EOHHS' role in building safe communities includes prevention of violence, abuse, and neglect and interventions to protect vulnerable populations, including children, elders, and individuals with disabilities, and individuals impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Access to employment opportunities is vital to self-sufficiency, which is a core goal we hold for all of the individuals we serve. We work closely with people with disabilities, refugees and immigrants, individuals with mental illness, veterans, and low-income people to help them obtain meaningful employment opportunities in community-based settings.
“Community First" represents the Commonwealth's commitment to empower and support individuals with disabilities and elders to live with dignity and independence in the community. Individuals with long-term support needs prefer to remain in the community and direct their own services rather than receive care or services in a nursing facility or other institutional setting. Additionally, in many instances, home and community-based services can be more cost-effective than services in a nursing facility or institution.
Families often face complex challenges. We are committed to working collaboratively across state government and with families to be more responsive to the diverse needs of children. EOHHS, with its partners, seeks to transform the Massachusetts Children, Youth and Family system to a strengths-based, family-centric model that serves the whole child and family, allowing children to go to school ready to learn and determined to stay in school.
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