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Marylou Sudders Appointed State Health and Human Services Secretary

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has appointed Associate Professor Marylou Sudders to head the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the largest state agency in Massachusetts.

The appointment will mark a return to public service for Sudders, who was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003. She also served as New Hampshire's Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. Sudders joined the Boston College School of Social Work in 2012.

"Leaving teaching is one of the few regrets I have," Sudders said. "I love teaching at the Boston College School of Social Work, I love the students, I love the opportunity to engage them in both public policy and a commitment to public service, but the honor to serve the commonwealth is too great an honor to refuse. You don't apply to be a Secretary of Health and Human Services, a governor asks you to serve."  More about Marylou Sudders's appointment »

BCSSW in the News
Westy Egmont on CNN to Discuss Obama's Immigration Executive Order

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Following Barack Obama's announcement that he would use executive authority on immigration policy, BC Social Work Professor Westy Egmont went on CNN to discuss what the order means for the millions of immigrants affected by the president's decision.

"I'm sure that tonight, there's a lot of weeping and joy in millions of homes across the United States," Egmont told CNN International anchor Errol Barnett. "This is a profound opportunity for people to come out of the shadows…It means for some people the ability to go to work legally. It means for many people the ability to stay with their children who have already been given under DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] the opportunity to stay in the country. It certainly is going to mean an emotional opportunity to breathe deeper, to feel cohesively a part of the community in which in they live, and to take hope for the future."  More about Westy Egmont on CNN »

Events

Forum on Housing for Vulnerable Young Adults

JUNE 11, 2013
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
RSVP required by May 28, 2013, to agingouttaskforce@gmail.com.

The Forum on Housing for Vulnerable Young Adults will bring together representatives of agencies with successful housing programs for vulnerable populations from across Massachusetts to discuss who they serve, what type of housing and services are provided, where housing is located, when and how it was established, and why their program is working.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Department of Child & Family Serivces (DCF) Care and the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Schedule
9:009:30 a.m. Welcome and Continental Breakfast
9:3011:00 a.m. Panel Presentations
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion and Q&A

Welcome and Continental Breakfast
The program will begin with a welcome address presented by Joan Wallace-Benjamin, PhD, President & CEO, The Home for Little Wanderers, and Maria Z. Mossaides, JD, Executive Director, Cambridge Family & Children's Service.

Panel Presentations
Representatives from five area programs, Gándara Center of Springfield, The Children's Study Home of Springfield, Dial/Self of Greenfield, Caritas Communities of Braintree, and The Home for Little Wanderers of Boston, will present about their housing programs for vulnerable populations:

Pamela Cook — Director, Gándara Center
Kim Majewski — Director of Community Services, Gándara Center
Kaylee Nicholls — Case Manager, Gándara Center
Eliza Crescentini — Executive Director, The Children's Study Home
Christine Lopez — Director of Residential Programs, The Children's Study Home
Robert Perry — Community Volunteer, The Children's Study Program
Phillip Ringwood — Acting Executive Director, Dial/Self
Lisa Goldsmith — Senior Director of Programs, Dial/Self
Mark Winkeller — Executive Director, Caritas Communities
Lavette Pitts — Program Director, Roxbury Village, The Home for Little Wanderers

Roundtable Discussion and Audience Q&A
The program will close with a roundtable discussion with a question and answer session facilitated by Stephanie Berzin, PhD, MSSW, Chair of the Children, Youth, and Families Concentration at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

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The Massachusetts Task Force on Aging Out of DCF Care is a coalition co-chaired by the Home for Little Wanderers and Cambridge Family & Children's Service. Overall membership includes more than 40 child welfare and human service providers, state agencies, and others who, through advocacy, research and public education, are working to help youth in transition have the tools necessary to be contributing members of their communities.