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BOSTON – Offering blood testing for people in areas exposed to PFAS, additional funds for statewide research, education, and surveillance, and passing laws restricting the use of certain firefighting foam and food packaging were all part of a set of recommendations a top academic expert offered this week to a state task force investigating the […]
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 […]