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The State Advisory Board in the Dept. of Public Welfare (known until reconstitution in 1967 as the Advisory Board) advises the department's commissioner and approves membership of community service area boards. St 1952, c 602 gave the board authority to hold public hearings on and to approve by majority vote proposed departmental rules and regulations. Series includes transcripts of such hearings (with supporting documentation) and of meetings to vote -- Topics include aid to dependent children and fees charged for medical and surgical services under Medicaid and Medicare
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Seeking to reevaluate this function in preparation for an annual report, Visiting Agent Gardiner Tufts sent a questionnaire to a variety of parties involved in this process (e.g., judges, trial justices, lawyers) inquiring as to whether court attendance continued to be a useful mandate of the agency. Series consists of responses to the questionnaire as written letters giving opinions on the issue. Includes copy of the original Tufts printed letter
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
In its statutory role as advocate for services to children in Massachusetts, the Office for Children coordinates such services in privately funded and particularly public programs, evaluating and monitoring programs in departments and agencies within the Executive Office of Human Services and other executive offices (MGLA c 28A, s 4). Through FY1991 the office's advocacy unit in its Help for Children Program provided comprehensive information, referral, and advocacy services to assure children appropriate social, health, or financial support, administered on a community basis through ca. 43 area offices. These offices, grouped under ca. six regional offices, were supported by volunteer area-based councils for children, which were given technical assistance by the central office's Community Development Program and were mandated (MGLA c 28A, s 7) to evaluate local services for children, identify related needs, and review for the office proposals for state or federal funding of such ... Read More
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
In its statutory role (MGLA c 28A) as advocate for services to children in Massachusetts, the Office for Children may supply information or take action based on requests of state legislators on behalf of constituents. Series is maintained by the office's communications unit (legislative liaison) to administer and document office response to such requests -- Files contain incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence with legislators and constituents
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
In its statutory role as advocate for services to children in Massachusetts, the Office for Children coordinates such services in privately funded and particularly public programs, evaluating and monitoring programs in departments and agencies within the Executive Office of Human Services and other executive offices (MGLA c 28A, s 4). Through FY1991 the office's advocacy unit in its Help for Children Program provided comprehensive information, referral, and advocacy services to assure children appropriate social, health, or financial support, administered on a community basis through ca. 43 area offices grouped under ca. six regional offices. Cases involving such service needs not resolvable on a area level were referred to an interagency (interdepartmental) childrens' services team convened by the office from human services (public health, mental health, mental retardation, social services) and education agencies, first at the regional office level and then if necessary at the ... Read More
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Series contains case histories and running notes as kept by Dr. Sarah M. Crawford, a medical officer in the Dept. of Outdoor Poor -- Information includes name, birthdate, case no., date found or transferred to custody of the Dept. of Outdoor Poor, parent names, residence, and other information affecting settlement (grandparents, immigration, naturalization, etc). Case history is followed by visit notes by physician, with some added entries in other hands or referring to other physicians. Visits, made every month or two, or more frequently when the child was ill, include comments on the child's physical and emotional condition, care in the home, and details of medical treatments. Occasionally a child remained with his mother while receiving state support. Dated notations were made when the child died, was transferred to another doctor's care, was discharged for adoption, or was transferred to the Dept. of Indoor Poor at age three. Some entries indicate case numbers corresponding to ... Read More
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
In its statutory role as advocate for services to children in Massachusetts, the Office for Children promotes the development of such programs and services (MGLA c 28A, s 4(b)) by researching and reporting on related issues. Series is maintained by the office's communications unit (public relations) to document research disseminated to office personnel, allied volunteer units, other state agencies, and legislators
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
In its statutory role (MGLA c 28A) as advocate for services to children in Massachusetts, the Office for Children coordinates such services in public and privately funded programs and regulates providers of day care and substitute care for children. Series is created for the office director (commissioner from 1987) to govern internal functioning of agency operations and relations with other agencies providing services to children -- Topics include human services interagency teams; agreements with human services agencies; licensing; grievance, hiring, and personal data policies; community review; and proposals on reorganization of children's services
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
In its statutory role of advising the commissioner of the Office for Children on policy, planning, and priorities of need for services to children (MGLA c 28A, s 8), the council meets to review office regulations, budgets, programs, and policies. Series is created to support this activity -- Files contain minutes, memorandums, correspondence, annual and special reports, and newsletters. Topics include proposed legislation, budget analysis, public opinion on children's needs, and program issues
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
In its statutory role as advocate for services to children in Massachusetts, the Office for Children coordinates such services in privately funded and particularly public programs, evaluating and monitoring programs in departments and agencies within the Executive Office of Human Services and other executive offices (MGLA c 28A, s 4). Through FY1991 the office's advocacy unit in its Help for Children Program provided comprehensive information, referral, and advocacy services to assure children appropriate social, health, or financial support, administered on a community basis through ca. 43 area offices. These offices, grouped under ca. six regional offices, were supported by volunteer area-based councils for children, which were given technical assistance by the central office's Community Development Program and were mandated (MGLA c 28A, s 7) to evaluate local services for children, identify related needs, and review for the office proposals for state or federal funding of such ... Read More

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