Who is a member?
Our members are the local governments of Massachusetts and their elected and appointed leadership.
The MMA Human Services Council (formerly Local Officials Human Services Council) was established in 1975 as the human services arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the statewide advocacy group providing legislative lobbying for and technical assistance to cities and towns. The Human Services Council (HSC) was founded with the understanding that municipal leaders are in a unique position to assess human needs in their communities and to respond effectively.
The HSC’s mandates are:
• To provide a coordinated response to state policies affecting local human service delivery
• To enhance the effectiveness of local human service planning and programming
• To share ideas and promote cooperation among human service officials
The Massachusetts Municipal Human Services Council is recognized as a strong voice in Massachusetts for human services. Human services describes a wide variety of programs serving, among others, elderly, children, disabled persons, single parents, refugees and low-income families. In other words, citizens of the Commonwealth. Meeting the social needs of the community is as important as street repairs or education. The HSC provides a voice for local officials who address these needs in their communities every day.
President: Laura Ducharme, community services coordinator, Acton
Vice President: Anne Bisson, human services director, Taunton
Secretary: Sheila Ronkin, outreach coordinator, Bellingham
Treasurer: Sue Baldauf, youth and family services director, Bedford
For upcoming meeting information, see MMA Events calendar.