According to today's Boston Globe, it is expected that Governor Patrick will replace Department of Social Services Commissioner Harry Spence. The article (linked below) says that Spence will be replaced by "Angelo McClain, executive director of Value Options New Jersey, the private entity that handles the state's behavioral health services for children.
"In the 1990s, McClain worked in Massachusetts as vice president of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership ... ."
Not to say that Spence has been good (or bad) for DSS, but my recollection is that it was in the 1990s, when the behavioral health partnership began, that services for children with behavioral health issues became harder to obtain and harder for advocates and juvenile court judges to effectively intervene to get effective treatment for them.
I don't remember McClain from when he was in Massachusetts before. We'll have to wait to see if the "shake up" is for the benefit of the children and families of the Commonwealth.