Civil Commitment Report
The civil commitment process for individuals who are involuntary admitted to a hospital due to imminent risk of harm to self or others by reason of mental illness was significantly modified by Chapter 249 of the Acts of 2000. This law took effect November 2000 and changed the procedures for emergency psychiatric hospitalization under M.G.L. Chapter 123. State law requires the Department of Mental Health to file this report annually with the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means.
Assisted Outpatient Treatment Pilot Fiscal Year 2015
The Assisted Outpatient Treatment Pilot program was established by special funding from the Legislature to the Department of Mental Health in FY2015. Eliot Community Mental Health was identified as the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) service provider for identified individuals for a span of approximately five months. The AOT Pilot supports under-served individuals who demonstrate a high need of mental health services yet do not maintain a consistent connection with outpatient services. The Eliot Outpatient Clinic in Everett was the location for this pilot program. All services and supports provided to individuals in this program are voluntary.
DDS/DMH Joint Agency Autism Plan Report
The Autism Omnibus Bill (Chapter 226 of the Acts of 2014) included a section requiring DDS and DMH to develop a plan to provide services to those with both severe mental illness and a developmental disability. This plan was submitted to the legislature December 31, 2015. It establishes how DDS and DMH will work together to understand and provide appropriate services, develop the workforce through training, and use a multi-strategic approach in the best interests of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and severe and persistent mental illness.
Department of Mental Health Report on the Distribution of Funds, January 2017
This report is prepared in response to a stipulation in the FY2017 budget requiring the Department of Mental Health (DMH) to submit to the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means the distribution of funds per adult and child planning population and the types of mental health services the funding supports in each Area.
This report reflects for a given year the spending per planning population for a given geographical area for adult and child/adolescent population.
Children’s Behavioral Health Knowledge Center Annual Report 2015-2016
Established in Chapter 321 of the Acts of 2008: An Act Relative to Children’s Mental Health, the mission of the Children’s Behavioral Health (CBH) Knowledge Center is to ensure that:
- The workforce of clinicians and direct care staff providing children’s behavioral health services are highly skilled and well-trained;
- The services provided to children in the Commonwealth are cost-effective and evidence-based; and
- The Commonwealth continues to develop and evaluate new models of service delivery.
The Children’s Behavioral Health Knowledge Center is located at the Department of Mental Health (DMH) in the Child & Adolescent Services Division. As part of the DMH state mental health authority role, the Knowledge Center's purview is the entire children’s behavioral health system, across Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) agencies and public and private payers.
The Knowledge Center fills a gap in the children’s behavioral health system by serving as an information hub through its Annual Symposium, website, workshops, and webinars. Center staff work with colleagues who are developing, implementing, and advocating for practices, programs, and service delivery models that are based on the best available evidence about what works to improve outcomes for young people. As an intermediary organization, the Center’s activities facilitate connection among the rich array of children’s behavioral health researchers, program developers, providers, practitioners, and consumer advocates in Massachusetts. The Center’s projects generally focus on the application, not the production, of research knowledge.
Enhanced Outpatient Treatment Pilot Fiscal Year 2016
The Enhanced Outpatient Treatment pilot program (formerly the Assisted Outpatient Treatment program) was established by special funding from the Legislature to the Department of Mental Health in FY2015. The Enhanced Outpatient Treatment pilot program has been providing service to the identified population for approximately 12 months. The program supports under-served individuals who demonstrate a high need of mental health services yet do not maintain a consistent connection with outpatient services. The Eliot Outpatient Clinic in Everett was the location for this pilot program. All services and supports provided to individuals in this program are voluntary.
This information is provided by the Department of Mental Health