Boston Health Start Initiative

The Boston Health Start Initiative has been part of a national initiative to reduce racial inequities in infant mortality and poor birth outcomes for the past 25 years. BHSI provides direct support to pregnant and parenting women, children and families through care coordination, connection to resources, health education, and advocacy. Read below to learn more about BHSI services

BHSI is a free and voluntary program open to women in Boston who are pregnant or parenting children up to the age of 18 months. Women who enroll in BHSI have the opportunity to work one on one with staff called ‘Family Partners’ who support them to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.

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Boston Public Health Commission

The Boston Public Health Commission, the oldest health department in the United States, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Boston.

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Bureau of Substance Abuse Services 

BSAS oversees the statewide system of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support services for individuals, families, and communities affected by gambling and substance addiction.

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Community Action Network (BPHC)

The Community Action Network, or CAN for short, is a group of community residents, representatives from community-based organizations, healthcare, government, and other groups that are working together to reduce racial inequities in infant mortality and poor birth outcomes in Boston through policy and community level changes. 

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Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths

A multi-purpose tool developed for children’s services to support decision making, including level of care and service planning, to facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and to allow for the monitoring of outcomes of services. Versions of the CANS are currently used in 50 states in child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and early intervention applications. 

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Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

CAPTA provides Federal funding and guidance to States in support of prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment activities and also provides grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, for demonstration programs and projects. 

Additionally, CAPTA identifies the Federal role in supporting research, evaluation, technical assistance, and data collection activities; establishes the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect; and establishes a national clearinghouse of information relating to child abuse and neglect

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Community-Based Acute Treatment (CBAT)

Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham’s Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) Program is a 12-bed intensive, short-term acute residential unit for children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health difficulties. 

They provide your child with treatment and stabilization in a structured setting that can act as an alternative to inpatient psychiatric hospitalization or bridge between an inpatient hospitalization and home. They also work with families to help your child to learn living and coping skills in a safe community environment which supports a successful return to your family and school.

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Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative

CBHI partners with child and family serving state agencies, providers, and payers to ensure that services meet the individual needs of the child and family, are easy for families to find and access, and make families feel welcomed and respected. 

They focus on helping MassHealth children with behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs and their families with integrated behavioral health services and a comprehensive, community-based system of care. 

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Capacity Building and Training Initiative (BPHC)

The Division of Violence Prevention’s Capacity Building & Training Initiative (CBTI) prevents and addresses violence by strengthening trauma-informed and equitable approaches among providers and systems serving children, adults and families in Boston and beyond. 

They do this through two key strategies: innovative workforce development initiatives and building the organizational capacity of our governmental and community partners.

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Child Care Resource and Referral (EEC)

The Child Care Resource & Referral agency keeps information on all licensed and licensed-exempt programs including child care centers, family child care providers, Presehools, and out of school time programs. 

Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) receive funding from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to make it possible for families to have access to high-quality information, resources, and referrals to meet their child care needs. CCR&Rs educate families on the cost, quality, and availability of early education and out-of-school-time care, and provide eligible families with access to subsidized Child Care Vouchers. CCR&Rs employ experienced and highly trained staff who are able to provide services to families in multiple languages.

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