DMH Adult Services Overview

A brief overview of services offered by the Department of Mental Health

The Department of Mental Health Provides adult services to eligible individuals who meet the clinical criteria for service authorization. Generally speaking, DMH provides services for the most severe and persistent cases of mental illness. If you are privately insured and seeking outpatient therapy and services, contact your insurer for information on mental health services. If you are insured by MassHealth, or uninsured, contact MassHealth for information on outpatient mental health services. 

Adult Services Offered

Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS)*


*Formerly Community Based Flexible Supports (CBFS)

The DMH community service system: Rehabilitation, support, and supervision with the goal of stable housing, participation in the community, self management, self determination, empowerment, wellness, improved physical health, and independent employment. More Information


Respite Services

Respite Services provide temporary short-term, community-based clinical and rehabilitative services that enable a person to live in the community as fully and independently as possible.


Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)

A multidisciplinary team approach providing acute and long term support, community based psychiatric treatment, assertive outreach, and rehabilitation services to persons served.



Clubhouse Services provide skill development and employment services that help individuals to develop skills in social networking, independent living, budgeting, accessing transportation, self-care, maintaining educational goals, and securing and retaining employment. More Information

Recovery Learning Communities (RLCs)

Consumer-operated networks of self help/peer support, information and referral, advocacy and training activities. More Information

DMH Case Management


State-operated service that provides assessment of needs, service planning development and monitoring, service referral and care coordination, and family/caregiver support.

Homelessness Services


Comprehensive screening, engagement, stabilization, needs assessment, and referral services for adults living in shelters.

DMH Applications for Adult Services

Applications for Adult Services (Multiple Languages Available)

How to Apply for Adult Services (Instructions on Completing and Submitting the Application)

Find your Nearest DMH Office (choose your town from the list)

Additional Mental Health Resources

Contact   for DMH Adult Services Overview


Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line Massachusetts BHHL 


Available Monday through Friday 9am-5pm

This voicemail box is checked regularly Monday through Friday. Calls are returned within 48 hours.

Call or Text 24/7


Central Office
25 Staniford St., Boston, MA 02114

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