For Immediate Release - June 14, 2011

Patrick-Murray Administration Opens New 'HHS Center' in Lynn

Office Consolidations Will Save Taxpayer Dollars and Improve Services for Consumers

LYNN - The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) today announced the opening of its third consolidated "HHS Center." The center, which is now open in Lynn, offers consumers access to two state agencies in one convenient location.

The Lynn HHS Center is the third in a series of office consolidations that will bring significant savings for the state and improve services for residents of the Commonwealth. The Lynn office consolidation alone will save the state $17,600 each year. The state's plan to co-locate other health and human service agency offices across the state over the next year is projected to save more than $1 million annually by reducing the leased real estate footprint by 10 to 15 percent and curbing energy costs.

The new HHS Center in Lynn will also offer consumers improved access to multiple state agencies, including the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Mental Health. Co-location of these agencies is particularly beneficial to individuals and families served by both agencies, as HHS Centers reduce the need for multiple office visits and also break down physical barriers to staff serving the same clients. At HHS Centers, staff can collaborate across agencies to meet client needs.

"The Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to identifying opportunities to save taxpayer dollars and streamline services for our diverse consumers," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby said. "The state's new HHS Center in Lynn is the third of many office consolidations designed to make it easier for consumers to access an array of vital services in one convenient location."

"The Division of Capital Asset Management is pleased to support the efforts of our health and human service client agencies in improving service delivery while reducing the costs associated with their leases," said DCAM Commissioner Carole Cornelison. "This approach will help to preserve critical funding for HHS programs and will directly benefit those served by HHS agencies."

"Consolidating these state services not only provides better service to the residents and visitors of Lynn, but it helps save the Commonwealth money as well," said Senator Thomas McGee. "It is great to see that Secretary Bigby and the community are working together to bring this cost effective and streamlined change to the community while setting an example of how we can work together to spend money in a more wise and effective way."

"A comprehensive Health and Human Services Center is a great addition to the city," said Representative Steven Walsh. "By creating a central office for both DMH and DCF services, individuals and families will be provided with a one stop shop that is consumer friendly and most importantly, easily accessible by public transportation."

Consumers are encouraged to visit the new HHS Center at 330 Lynnway, Suite 201, Lynn MA. Consumers can also call the center and its agencies at its new main number at 781-477-1600.

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