Utilizing funds recovered by the AG’s Office through a $1.7 million settlement with Life Insurance of North America (LINA), resolving allegations that the company marketed its cancer and surgical health insurance through a variety of improper tactics to more than 1,000 Massachusetts veterans, the Access to Mental Health Services Grant Program will allow qualified nonprofit organizations to provide or expand services that offer access to mental health services, treatment for trauma-related mental health conditions, or suicide prevention programs.

The Access to Mental Health Services Grant opportunity is designed to promote programs in the Commonwealth that assist Massachusetts service members and/or veterans, seniors, students, or residents with mental health related conditions.  It is anticipated that grants will be awarded for the period of June 30, 2013 to June 30, 2015. Below is a list of grantees. Should you have questions about an individual program, please click the respective link:

Veteran’s Inc.:

Servicing: Worcester, with satellite locations in Harvard, Whitinsville, Springfield, New Bedford

  • Funding for program to address each stage of mental health care for veteran’s to help them achieve stability.

Bedford VA Research & Education Corp (BRCI):

Servicing: Bedford and 30 surrounding towns including: Acton, Billerica, Leominster, Harvard, Westford, Newton, Shirley, Chelmsford, Tewksbury, Danvers

  • Funding for program that assists returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who have indication of stress and/or psychological issues yet have difficulty approaching traditional treatment. This non-traditional approach uses physical exercise as an intervention to reach veterans.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):

Servicing: 13 Peer Support Groups Statewide

  • Funding for program to train veterans for their Peer to Peer support program that provides emotional/practical support to fellow veterans.  

Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)

Servicing: Boston, Holyoke, Hyannis, Lawrence, Lowell, Worcester

  • Funding for Military Family Support Program (MFSP) to provide military families and children experiencing individual and family difficulties as a result of medical, social, psychological, and/or financial challenges associated with the deployment of a family member.

Screenings for Mental Health:

Servicing: 50 School Districts Across the Commonwealth

  • Funding for Signs of Suicide (SOS) program to decrease suicide attempts by increasing knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression in school age children and young adults.