For Immediate Release - May 07, 2013

DTA Commissioner Monahan Announces 2nd Half of 'Bridge to Stability' Listening Sessions

DTA Interim Commissioner Monahan Announces 2nd Half of 'Bridge to Stability' Listening Sessions

DTA invites residents of Attleboro, Greenfield, Boston and Woburn to provide feedback on programs

BOSTON – Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan today announced the next leg of her statewide listening tour, which will allow residents from each region of the Commonwealth to share ideas, provide feedback and tell stories about transitional assistance programs that provide an important bridge to stability during difficult times.

The next leg of the tour began in Hyannis on May 6, and will continue in Attleboro on May 9, Greenfield on May 10, Boston on May 13, and Woburn on May 16. Additional events are scheduled throughout June.

“The listening tour will help the Department improve our policies, procedures and processes to ensure that taxpayer resources are used appropriately and as intended,” said Interim Commissioner Monahan. “The feedback we have received during our listening sessions has been very informative and I am grateful for all who participated.”

The sessions will allow residents to share comments directly with Interim Commissioner Monahan, DTA leaders and local elected officials. The sessions will also inform residents about the important changes happening at DTA to enhance program integrity and ensure that taxpayer resources are going to only those who are truly eligible.

In March, DTA launched its 100 Day Action Plan to enhance program integrity and improve client services. Read about the plan:
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/press-releases/eohhs/dta-launches-100-day-action-plan.html

The Department announced a new partnership with statewide law enforcement associations to increase data sharing, while giving local police the tools they needs to ensure that clients and retailers are abiding by the law. The partnership is the first of its kind for DTA.

UPCOMING DTA “BRIDGE TO STABILITY” LISTENING SESSIONS:

Thursday, May 9 - Attleboro
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton
247 Maple St., Attleboro

Friday, May 10 - Greenfield
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Greenfield Community College
270 Main St., Greenfield

Monday, May 13 - Boston
Updated Time: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Carter Auditorium
35 Northampton St., Boston

Thursday, May 16 - Woburn
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Woburn Senior Center
144 School St., Woburn

Additional events TBA
Meeting space will be accessible to persons with disabilities. American Sign Language and foreign language interpreters will be provided. If you or someone you know will need an accommodation in order to fully participate, please contact Peter Sasso at 617-989-2302.

Interim Commissioner Monahan has already held events in Framingham, Holyoke, Lowell, Taunton, Pittsfield, Worcester, Springfield, Brockton, Methuen, Salem, Fitchburg, and Hyannis.

DTA ensures that the emergency and transitional needs of the individuals and families of the Commonwealth are met through a combination of federal-and state-funded benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and cash assistance.

DTA has many successful initiatives, including internship programs that lead to career success, partnerships with other agencies to promote healthy lifestyles and a nationally-recognized emergency SNAP assistance program that helped residents in Western Mass affected by the devastating tornadoes.
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