The MMA Human Services Council is recognized as a strong voice for human services in Massachusetts. The group, established in 1975 as the Local Officials Human Services Council, was founded with the understanding that municipal leaders are in a unique position to assess human needs in their communities and to respond effectively. It is the human services arm of the MMA.

Human services describes a wide variety of programs serving, among others, elderly, children, disabled persons, single parents, refugees and low-income families. 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.

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

HSC Officers

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