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BOSTON – A wide-ranging bill aimed at addressing a what advocates say is a youth behavioral health crisis would create a group tasked with state officials on behavioral health, provide technical assistance and professional development to school districts, and mandate age-appropriate behavioral health education. The Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recovery Committee heard testimony Wednesday […]
BOSTON – Permitting familial searches and partial DNA matches in investigations into certain unsolved homicides and missing persons cases is a crucial step in solving investigations, advocates and legislators said, pointing to legislation that would allow familial searches in Massachusetts. At a virtual event with legislators and law enforcement officials, advocates pushed for the measure […]
BOSTON – As Massachusetts officials prepare to lift the state of emergency that the Baker administration has used to slow COVID-19 transmission, advocates for people experiencing homelessness are concerned about the fate of emergency services and resources that have provided lifelines to unsheltered persons during the pandemic. Gov. Charlie Baker announced at the start of the week […]
BOSTON – The newly-minted commission tasked with certifying and regulating law enforcement officers in Massachusetts has a long road ahead of them before members can dive into the bulk of their work, the chair of the body said Monday during a swearing-in ceremony. Almost a year after George Floyd was killed while pinned at the […]
BOSTON – A former Massachusetts Superior Court judge selected by Gov. Charlie Baker will head up the state’s brand new commission tasked with certifying and holding police officers accountable. The state’s top executive and law enforcement official made public on Thursday their picks to the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission. The state’s new […]
BOSTON – Students in public school districts would receive medically accurate, age appropriate sexual health education regardless of gender, race, disability status, or sexual orientation, under a refiled bill that education advocates are once again hoping the Legislature will take up, and pass this time. The policies are outlined in legislation dubbed the Healthy Youth […]