Massachusetts State Agencies and Organizations

Massachusetts State Agencies and Organizations

Office of the Attorney General
www.ago.state.ma.us
The Office of the Attorney General is a state agency to protect public safety and security and to protect the state's consumers.

Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance 
www.mass.gov/mova
The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) is an independent state agency that strives to advance victim rights by ensuring all victims and survivors and crime across the Commonwealth are supported and empowered through access to high-quality services that are trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, and reflective of diverse communities.  MOVA achieves this through survivor-informed work, advocac for enhances victim rights and services, partnerships with agencies and individuals, and a commitments to providing funding and services for underserved and marginalized communities.

Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-children-families
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state agency that receives and responds to child maltreatment reports and provides an array of services to children and families across the Commonwealth to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.

Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-mental-health
The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is the state agency that assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages; thus, enabling them to live, work, and participate in their communities.

Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-developmental-services
The Department of Developmental Services is the state agency that provides supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to enhance opportunities to become fully engaged members of their community.

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-early-education-and-care
The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is the state agency that supports the healthy growth and development of all children by providing high-quality programs and resources for families and communities, including licensing and approving child care programs.

Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-transitional-assistance
The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) is the state agency that assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achive long-term economic self-sufficiency.  DTA serves 1 in 8 residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assitance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities.

Massachusetts Executive Office of the Trial Court
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-the-trial-court
The Executive Office of the Trial Court facilitates communication and enables joint leadership of the Trial Court by the Chief Justice of the Trial Court and the Court Administrator.  The webiste provides information about court policies and initiatives, courthouse locations, and court data reports.

Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/sex-offender-registry-board
The Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) promotes public safety by educating and informing the public to prevent further victimization.  SORB registers and classifies convicted sex offenders according to their risk of re-offense and the degree of danger they pose.

Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-criminal-justice-information-services
The Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) is the state agency responsible for managing and administering the Commonwealth's law enforcement information and criminal records systems, the Firearms Records Bureau, and the post-conviction victim notification program.

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
www.mspcc.org
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (MSPCC) is a private, non-profit society dedicated to leadership in protecting and promoting the rights and well-being of children and their families by providing prevention, education, and treatment services both in the home and through community-based locations across the Commonwealth.

Child Witness to Violence Program
www.childwitnesstoviolence.org
The Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP), which is run under the auspices of the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, is a therapeutic, advocacy, and outreach project that focuses on the growing number of young children who are hidden victims of domestic and community violence and other trauma-related events.  CWVP is staffed by a multi-cultural, multi-lingual staff of social workers, psychologists and early childhood specialists as well as a consulting pediatrician and attorney.