DMH Regulations

Department of Mental Health Regulations (104 CMR)

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Table of Contents (TOC) for DMH Regulations (104 CMR)

104 CMR 25  

  • Authority, Vision, Mission, Definitions and Computation of Time

104 CMR 26  

  • Organizational Structure and Citizen Participation

104 CMR 27  

  • Licensing and Operational Standards for Mental Health Facilities

104 CMR 28  

  • Licensing and Operational Standards for Community Services

104 CMR 29  

  • Application for DMH Services, Referral, Service Planning and Appeals

104 CMR 30  

  • Fiscal Administration

104 CMR 31  

  • Human Subject Research Authorization and Monitoring

104 CMR 32  

  • Investigation and Reporting Responsibilities

104 CMR 33  

  • Designation and Appointment of Qualified Mental Health Professionals

104 CMR 34  

  • Repealed October 24, 2014. See 101 CMR 15 : Criminal Offender Record Checks

DMH Licensing Division

Inpatient/IRTP Licensing Division

The Licensing Division of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health licenses and monitors all acute private and general hospitals with inpatient psychiatric units in the Commonwealth of MA.  The Division also licenses and monitors the Intensive Residential Treatment Programs (IRTPs) for adolescents throughout the state.

Inpatient/ IRTP Licensing Division Page

Community Licensing Division

A program license is required for any program not operated or contracted for by the Department which operates a residential site and is organized primarily to provide treatment, rehabilitation, support and supervision for mentally ill persons.

Community Licensing Division Page

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