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State Agencies

CLM works and coordinates with many state agencies that affect the lives of children and families. We participate in formal and informal working groups, task forces, commissions, and other groups convened by these agencies, and serve as a liaison between CLM members and agency leaders.
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State Agencies List

Department of Children and Families

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) works in partnership with families and communities to keep children safe from abuse and neglect. If you wish to report abuse of a child, contact DCF as directed on their site.

Department of Early Education and Care

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is the lead agency for all early education and care services in the Commonwealth. EEC licenses or approves group, school age, and family child care programs; family child care assistants; residential programs for children; and adoption/foster care placement agencies. EEC also oversees Background Record Checks that ensure the safety of children in child care programs.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) provides leadership, oversight, funding, support, and accountability for the Commonwealth's approximately 400 school districts that educate close to 1 million public school children each year. CLM’s focus is on children who are eligible for additional federal and state education supports due to their placement in foster care or congregate care, youth who are justice-involved, and youth who are experiencing homelessness.

Department of Mental Health

The Department of Mental Health, as the State Mental Health Authority, assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages; enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities.

Department of Public Health

The Department of Public Health (DPH) promotes the health and well-being of all residents by ensuring access to high-quality public health and healthcare services, focusing on prevention and wellness, and health equity for all. DPH is the hub for state information about COVID-19.

Department of Youth Services

As the Juvenile Justice agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Department of Youth Services (DYS) serves youth committed as juvenile delinquents or youthful offenders and detained youth awaiting judicial action. DYS programs address the unique educational, psychological and health needs of youth in their care and custody across a continuum of supervision and services.

Executive Office of Health and Human Services

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is the largest secretariat in state government and covers many areas of support. HHS provides access to medical and behavioral health care, substance misuse treatment, long term services and support, and nutritional and financial benefits to those with low incomes. HHS steers troubled youth towards a more successful path and does everything possible to keep children in our child welfare system safe.

Juvenile Court

The Juvenile Court Department oversees civil and criminal matters statewide involving children including youthful offender, care and protection, and delinquency cases. The Juvenile Court's mission is to protect children from abuse and neglect, to strengthen families, to rehabilitate juveniles, and to protect the public from delinquent and criminal behavior. A Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) case is one where parents, guardians, or school officials ask the court to help supervise a child.

Office of the Child Advocate

The Office of the Child Advocate works to ensure Massachusetts state agencies provide children with quality services and that children receiving services are protected from harm.
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