Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (SRHP) Special Projects

Information about the SRHP special projects.

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Access to Emergency Contraception

The MA Department of Public Health (DPH) is committed to helping people in need access Emergency Contraception (EC, or the "morning-after pill"). EC is a safe, effective way to prevent pregnancy up to five days after sex. A one-dose EC pill now available over-the-counter, however you still may be able to get a cheaper or more effective method of EC at an DPH-funded Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic.

For more information or help to access EC, ask your health care provider, pharmacist, or:

Family planning and health care reform

The DPH Sexual and Reproductive Health Program supports the success of Massachusetts health reform by helping to enroll and transition uninsured clients into publicly-funded insurance and safety net programs. The program also provides critical family planning services to clients who cannot stay insured throughout the year due to changing work and life circumstances, or who need confidential care.

Despite the success of healthcare reform, tens of thousands of clients continue to need access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services. The overall insurance rates have dramatically improved; not all Massachusetts residents can access continuous or comprehensive coverage that meets their sexual and reproductive health care needs or the high-quality standard of culturally competent, confidential health services provided by local DPH-funded Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics.

Data and Reports

Healthy Relationships/Healthy Sexuality

Historically, multiple bureaus and programs at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health have worked to prevent the negative consequences of unhealthy relationships and sexual risk behaviors.

As a critical primary prevention strategy to improve sexual health and well-being for all, the DPH Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality (HR/HS) Working Group was convened to promote and support multi-disciplinary efforts, not only to prevent adverse health outcomes, but also to promote positive, healthy relationships and sexuality.

HR/HS working group mission

  • To support the integration of multi-disciplinary programming, practices, and policy
  • To provide resources for understanding data trends and implementing promising practices to support health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention efforts
  • To promote positive sexual development across the lifespan to improve the health and well-being of all Massachusetts residents

Newly revised for 2014, the Healthy Relationships, Sexuality, and Disability Resource Guide is now available in both color and black and white (as well as an adaptable Microsoft Word document) to help connect people with disabilities with valuable health information. A promotional guide is also attached to help you share these resources via social media, program websites, and communications.

Related programs

Promoting healthy relationships, healthy sexuality, and sexual health requires a knowledge base grounded in family planning, infectious disease (including HIV/AIDS, STI, and viral hepatitis) prevention and treatment, substance use and abuse prevention and treatment, and violence prevention and intervention. Related programs at DPH include:

Mandatory reporting and minor access to confidential health services in Massachusetts

The following resources are provided to assist agencies in creating policies to ensure minors can access the health and social support services they need to stay healthy and free from harm.

Massachusetts State Law and Guidelines

  • A Mandated Reporter's Guide to Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting (DOC)
    Department of Children and Families (DCF) guide for mandated reporters of caretaker abuse and neglect as defined by DCF regulations at 110 CMR, section 2.00
  • Division of Violence and Injury Prevention Guide to Reporting Abuse
    Provides an overview of abuse reporting requirements, instructions and contact information for mandated reporting to state agencies including DCF and the Department of Public Health (DPH) Division of Health Care Facilities Licensure and Certification Complaint Unit
  • Mature minor rule
    Provides an overview of laws relating to mature minors’ ability to consent to care in Massachusetts.
  • Office of the Child Advocate 2009 Annual Report (DOC)
    Discusses essential implications of the Child Welfare Law of 2008 requiring all mandated reporters who the Commonwealth professionally licenses to complete training to recognize and report suspected child abuse and neglect

Training resources

Policy briefs and position papers

Policy guides


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