Dept. of Mental Health
MGL c.123 Mental Health
MGL c.112, s.172A Protecting Patient Confidentiality
MGL c. 123, s.35 Commitment of Alcoholics or Substance Abusers
MGL c.6A, s.16P-16S Yolanda's Law: Enhancing children's mental health treatment
104 CMR Department of Mental Health
Interpretive Guidelines for 104 CMR 29 Determining Service Authorization for Children, Adolescents and Adults
Probate and Family Court Standing Order 4-11: Administrative Process for Uncontested Rogers Reviews and Extensions
EO 422 Services for Mentally Ill Individuals Under Age 19
In the Matter of G.P.
, 473 Mass. 112 (2015).
"Discussion of G. L. c. 123, § 35, which authorizes... involuntary civil commitment ...where there is a likelihood of serious harm as a result of the person's alcoholism or substance abuse, or both... Discussion of the Uniform Trial Court Rules for Civil Commitment Proceedings for Alcohol and Substance Abuse, which will take effect in February, 2016."
Rogers v. Commissioner of the Dept. of Mental Health , 390 Mass. 489 (1983). Outlines the requirements to be met in order to involuntarily administer anti-psychotic medications.
Rosie D. v. Romney
, 410 F.Supp. 2d 18 (2006)
Found that Massachusetts "violated ...provisions of the Medicaid Act by failing to offer necessary medical services to children in this Commonwealth who suffer from serious emotional disturbances."
- Applying for Mental Health Services, Office of Health and Human Services
Links to the Interpretive Guidelines for 104 CMR 29 Determining Service Authorization for Children, Adolescents and Adults , with links to "details on the following topics: Application Process, Clinical Criteria, Needs and Means Criteria, Notification of Rights, and Appeal Guidelines."
- Campus Mental Health Know Your Rights: A Guide for Students Who Want to Seek Help for Mental Illness or Emotional Distress , Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, 2008
- Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) , Children's Law Center. "an effort by MassHealth to provide more community-based behavioral health or mental health services to youth under the age of 21 with MassHealth and who meet certain criteria. Sometimes these services are also called "Rosie D." services." Explains eligibility and more.
- DMH Resource Guides, Department of Mental Health, Health and Human Services
- DMH Resource Guide
A handy listing of the cities and towns will direct you to the appropriate DMH Site Office and contact.
- DMH Consumer and Family Resource guide
Tailored to the needs of consumers and families.
- DMH Multicultural Populations Resource Guide
Contains information about agencies and institutions in the Commonwealth that offer culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
- DMH Young Adult Resource Guide
Developed to reflect the changing needs of the young adult population who need assistance in reaching their goals.
- Emergency Services Program (ESP) Resource Guide
Lists all ESPs statewide and toll-free crisis number
- Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Resources and Services: A Guide for Early Education and Care Professionals
This resource includes basic information on infant and early childhood mental health and services and supports for families with young children, as well as resources to benefit early education and care programs.
- Mental Health Care , Mass. Legal Help. Geared toward dealing with insurance companies or MassHealth. "This part of the website tells you how to get insurers like MassHealth to pay for your or your family's mental health services. We do not talk about how to get onto MassHealth or where to get free services. We do answer questions about how to get services paid for once you have public or private insurance."
- Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee . An independent agency of the SJC, provides both advice and direct representation. Their Resources and Publications include:
- Credit and Debt Management
- DMH Complaint Process
- Hospitalization in connection with a Criminal Case
- Rights in Hospitals Regarding Restraint and Seclusion
- Rights of Adults to Move Freely on a Hospital Ward
- Rights Regarding Treatment Plans
- Six Fundamental Rights of Persons Receiving Services at Inpatient Mental Health Facilities in Massachusetts
- Your Rights Regarding Access to Mental Health Records
- Your Rights Regarding Hospitalization and Discharge
- Your Rights Regarding Medication
- Your Rights Under the Community Residence Tenancy (CRT) Law
- and many more
- Parents' How-To Guide on Children's Mental Health Services in Massachusetts
, 3d ed., 2011, Boston Bar Association
Includes steps for getting help, paying for services, services in your child's school, and more
- Keep Your Housing: A Guide to Help Massachusetts Tenants with Mental Health Issues Keep Their Housing
, Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, August 2006
Detailed guide to obtaining reasonable accommodation, with forms
- Quick Reference on CBHI Mental Health Services for Youth
, Children's Law Center, 2013.
Massachusetts must provide "behavioral health screening, diagnostic evaluation, and an array of new behavioral health services to children up to age 21 who have MassHealth." Explains services available and how to access them.
- CPCS Mental Health Proceedings in Massachusetts: A Manual for Defense Counsel , MCLE, 2015
- Mental Health Law, Mass. Practice Series v.53 , Thomson/West, with supplement
- Mental Health Proceedings Under Chapter 123 , Judicial Institute, Spring 2011
Last update: January 9, 2017