DMH Young Adult Resource Guide Information about EOHHS and Other State Agencies

Department of Mental Health Young Adult Resource Guide - Information about the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and other state agencies.

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Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)

  • The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) which encompasses Mass Health, is the responsible secretariat for the coordination of all children’s services in Massachusetts. The agencies within EOHHS serving children exclusively are the Departments of Children and Families (DCF), and Youth Services (DYS). The Departments of Public Health (DPH), Mental Health (DMH), Developmental Services (DDS), and Transitional Assistance (DTA) and the Commissions for the Blind, and Deaf and Hard-of- Hearing, serve children and adults.

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)

  • MRC assists individuals with disabilities to live and work independently.These goals are achieved through enhancing and encouraging personal choice and the right to fail in the pursuit of independence and employment in the community. MRC is responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Community Services, and eligibility determination for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) federal benefits programs for Massachusetts citizens with disabilities.

Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)

  • DTA assists low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, increase their incomes, and improve their quality of life. DTA administers benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program), Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), and Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC).

Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD)

  • The Department works on behalf of job seekers, apprentices, union members, claimants, employers, attorneys and researchers. They provide a wide variety of programs and services to serve constituents across the Commonwealth. The cornerstone of their services is the network of 37 One-Stop Career Centers and the field offices across the Commonwealth.

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

  • DCF ensures the safety of children in a manner that holds the best hope of nurturing a sustained, resilient network of relationships to support the child’s growth and development into adulthood. DTA programs and services include: Placement services in congregate care and in family settings, Family Support services that assist families in keeping their children safely at home, Domestic Violence services to assist victims with advocacy, counseling and shelter, adoption services, and case management.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

  • DESE is charged with the responsibility of ensuring improved teaching and learning in all of the Commonwealth's public schools. DESE’s mission is to improve the quality of the public education system so that students are adequately prepared for higher education, rewarding employment, continued education, and responsible citizenship. They carry out their mission in partnership with Massachusetts school districts and other organizations that provide educational programs and services.

Department of Youth Services (DYS)

  • The mission of DYS is to protect the public and prevent crime by promoting positive change in the lives of youth committed to our custody, and by partnering with communities, families, government and provider agencies toward this end. DYS accomplishes this mission through interventions that build knowledge, develop skills and change the behavior of the youth in our care.

Department of Public Health (DPH)


  • The Department of Public Health provides many programs that support young adults. DPH programs and services include: the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Youth Development, Family Planning, HIV/AIDS, Youth Violence Prevention, and Suicide Prevention.

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