Health & Human Services
The Health and Human Services Department was created in the spring of 2015 in efforts to reorganize departments that share a common human service mission. The Health Department, Library, Council on Aging (COA), Veterans Services and Recreation Department report directly to the Health and Human Services Director. The reorganization of these departments under one umbrella enables services to be delivered in a more efficient and effective manner. The merge fosters a collaborative partnership between the departments. The Library, COA, and Veterans Services underwent minimal changes in the reorganization other than respective Directors reporting to the new HHS Director. The Recreation division, which previously resided with Parks and Cemeteries, also saw no staffing changes during the transition other than its division head reporting to the new HHS Director as well.
The HHS Director is able to provide direct leadership that key services require, a more cohesive link to boards and commissions as well as offer daily support to various departments and divisions. The HHS Director acts at the point person, reporting to the City Manager, to carry out the vision of the Administration and Council.
The HHS Department promotes collaboration increasing opportunities for interdepartmental partnerships. Recreation and the Library enhance coordination of activities for the city’s youth. Recreation also works with the COA and Veterans Services for volunteer opportunities. The Library continues to build its relationship with the Council on Aging, including the satellite branch at the Senior Center. The Health and Human Services Department also has increased partnerships with nonprofits, health organizations and schools in Lowell who work tirelessly to make life better for city residents of all ages.