The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) sets the standards for mental health care for the operation of mental health facilities and community residential programs. DMH also provides clinical, rehabilitative and supportive services for adults with serious mental illness, and children and adolescents with serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance. More information about the Department's mission, operational goals, and history may be found here: About the Department of Mental Health.

The overarching goal of DMH's service delivery is to integrate public and private services and resources to provide optimal community-based care and opportunities. As the Commonwealth's mental health authority, DMH is mandated by statute to "take cognizance of all matters affecting the mental health of citizens of the Commonwealth," and to provide for "research into the causes of mental illness."

Through an Interagency Service Agreement between DMH and MassHealth (formerly known as the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA)), most emergency and acute hospitalization services are provided through MassHealth's mental health and substance abuse vendor, the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership. Extended stay inpatient services and community-based services are provided by DMH, either directly or through contracted vendors.

In addition to DMH's continuing care adult inpatient facilities, latency age and adolescent inpatient and intensive residential treatment facilities, DMH also covers a wide array of community-based mental health services such as the following:

  • Residential Options (for both children and adults)
  • Case Management
  • In-home Treatment (for both children and adolescents)
  • Flexible Supports in the Community (for both children and adults)
  • Outpatient Services
  • Dual-Diagnosis Treatment
  • Clubhouses (DMH eligibility not required)
  • Day Treatment
  • Skills Training
  • Supported Employment

To find out if you meet the requirements for DMH services, please refer to Applying for Mental Health Services on this website.

This information is provided by the Department of Mental Health