How to Apply for Health Coverage for Your Child 

If your family is not on MassHealth, this guide will show you how to apply for healthcare coverage under MassHealth so that your child can access CBHI services.

Preparing for Your Appointment

This resource can help you prepare for an appointment with your child's pediatrician or other behavioral health provider when you have concerns about your child.

CANS Family Guide

MassHealth behavioral health service providers use the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool during assessment, the period of time when the provider is getting to know you and your child. This guide explains what the CANS is and how providers use it to help build a treatment plan for your child.

Other Helpful Resources

Bureau of Substance Abuse Services—Office of Youth and Young Adult Services (OYYAS) 

www.mass.gov/dph/youthtreatment

OYYAS connects youth, young adults, and their families experiencing substance use and co-occurring disorders to high quality services. Call Youth Central Intake at 617-661-3991 or 866-705-2807.

Mass 2-1-1

211 is an easy-to-remember telephone number. Call it to get information on health and human services available in your community.

The Family Resource Centers (FRCs) of Massachusetts

This statewide network provides a number of services. These include community-based, multicultural parenting programs, support groups, early childhood services, information, and referral resources and education for families with children from birth to age 18. To find your local FRC, visit www.frcma.org.

Department of Public Health Postpartum Depression

This DPH website provides basic information on postpartum depression and resources for mothers and caregivers.

Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project for Moms (MCPAP)

MCPAP has several resources for mothers and families with very young children. Click here for the Moms and Families resource page.

National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

With the Wraparound process, children, youths, and their families work with an intensive plan of care that is individualized to their needs. Learn more about Wraparound and its principles, which are at the heart of CBHI, at http://nwi.pdx.edu/.

Links to Family Organizations

This information is provided by MassHealth.