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Secretary of Health and Human Services Visits Forum

Updated: May 16, 2019

Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders (left), visits Forum House, a VIABILITY clubhouse.

On Friday, Feb. 22, Forum House hosted Marylou Sudders, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services. Secretary Sudders sat with members and staff to hear their personal experiences with the clubhouse and mental health services.

Members shared their experiences about returning to work while trying to maintain essential health care benefits provided by programs, such as MassHealth and OneCare. Through these stories, Secretary Sudders heard about the essential aspects of recovery that Forum House provides, including skills development, job placements, benefits counseling, and relationship building. Members also shared the unique opportunities they have had with Forum House, such as working as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer dressed as Santa Claus and contributing to Forum’s renovations by ripping up carpet and painting.

Secretary Sudders, served as commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1996-2003, is a fierce advocate for those with mental health conditions. While at Forum House, she shared her personal experiences supporting family members with mental health conditions and maintaining their employment. As secretary, she has been a supporter of health care initiatives aimed at providing increased services to those with disabilities, as well as efforts to address the opioid epidemic.

Read more about Secretary Sudders and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services here: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-health-and-human-services