Thank you for using the website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). We hope that EOHHS has made your dealings with your state government easier and more efficient.

1. Users Agree to These Terms. This document contains terms of use for EOHHS. By using the EOHHS portal you agree to these terms and conditions. Please note that individual state agencies or other Commonwealth entities may adopt additional terms of use that apply to specific Web-based transactions with those agencies or data posted on their websites. In addition, you should also review the EOHHS privacy policy to learn about information collected by EOHHS, what that information is used for, and how it may be shared.

2. Other Sites Have Other Policies. For your convenience, EOHHS' website contains hypertext or other links to external Internet sites that are not provided or maintained by the Commonwealth. Please note that the Commonwealth cannot guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of these external sites. In addition, the inclusion of links to non-governmental sites is not intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered, on these sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites. In particular, please note that although the Executive Office of Health and Human Services' weblog ("blog") Commonwealth Conversations: Health and Human Services and the Department of Public Health's weblog ("blog") Commonwealth Conversations: Public Health appear to be part of this site, they are hosted by a third party, Typepad. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services blog Commonwealth Conversations: Health and Human Services ( http://blog.mass.gov/hhs) is intended to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between the public and employees of the agencies overseen by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services as well as the executive office itself. Similarly, the Department of Public Health blog, Commonwealth Conversations: Public Health at http://publichealth.blog.state.ma.us is intended to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between the public and the Commissioner of Public Health and his administration. While we encourage your comments, ideas and concerns, please note that when visiting either of these blogs, you are subject to the Terms and Conditions of the third party, Typepad, including Typepad's site terms (Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and Copyright Policy) which are available to you at www.typepad.com.

3. Public Record and Copyright. All of the material posted on the Commonwealth's websites and accessible to the public without use of an authenticating and authorizing mechanism (such as a "PIN" or password) is public record. Most of the public record posted on Commonwealth websites can be copied and used for any purpose. For example, all judicial opinions and all laws and regulations are public record. However, some of the public record posted on the Commonwealth's websites is also copyrighted material (for example, regulations based on technical codes developed and copyrighted by private organizations). With respect to material copyrighted by the Commonwealth, including the design, layout, and other features of EOHHS' website, the Commonwealth forbids any copying or use other than "fair use" under the Copyright Act. "Fair use" includes activities such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, research, and other related activities. In addition, please be advised that EOHHS makes use of materials (including, but not limited to, photographs) copyrighted by third parties, which also cannot be copied or used for use other than "fair use" without permission of the copyright owner. If you want to make use other than "fair use" of any copyrighted information on this website, you must seek permission directly from the copyright owner. The only part of this site to which the copyright rules stated above do not apply is the Department of Public Health's blog. Content on Commonwealth Conversations: Public Health is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Content includes all materials posted by the Executive Department of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition, visitors to Commonwealth Conversations: Public Health agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to this site under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. A copy of this license is available online at http://creativecommons.org/licenses.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Department respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask users of our Web sites to do the same. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable law, we have adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at our sole discretion, users, subscribers, or account holders who are deemed to be repeat infringers. We may also at our sole discretion limit access to our website and/or terminate the accounts of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.

Notice and Procedure for Notifying Designated Agent of Claims of Copyright Infringement 

If you believe that any material on this website infringes upon any copyright which you own or control, or that any link on this website directs users to another website that contains material that infringes upon any copyright which you own or control, you may file a notification of such infringement with our Designated Agent as set forth below. Notifications of claimed copyright infringement must be sent to EOHHS Designated Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement. Our Designated Agent may be reached as follows:

General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
1 Ashburton Place, 11th floor
Boston, MA 02108
telephone: (617) 573-1600

4. No warranty, endorsement or liability. The Commonwealth makes no warranty that the materials contained within EOHHS' website are free from copyright claims, or other restrictions or limitations on free use or display. The Commonwealth disclaims any liability for the improper or incorrect use of information obtained from EOHHS.

With respect to the EOHHS website, any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other nongovernmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using the website. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the Governor, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or its officers and employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying Governor Deval Patrick's or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

EOHHS does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on the website is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. EOHHS may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on Department of Public Health's Commonwealth Conversations: Public Health by any other person. The views expressed on the Department of Public Health's Commonwealth Conversations: Public Health by non-state commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of EOHHS or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

5. No waiver; Laws, Regulations and Policies Take Precedence. The content published on this website is subordinate to, and is not to be interpreted as an amendment to or waiver of, the Federal and State laws, regulations and policies applicable to the matters addressed in the site's content.