The State Organization Index provides an alphabetical listing of government organizations, including commissions, departments, and bureaus.
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MGL c.19 Dept. of Mental Health
MGL c.123 Mental Health
MGL c.112, s.172A Protecting Patient Confidentiality
MGL c. 123, s.35 Commitment of Alcoholics or Substance Abusers
MGL c.6A, s.16P-16S Yolanda's Law: Enhancing children's mental health treatment
104 CMR Department of Mental Health
Interpretive Guidelines for 104 CMR 29 Determining Service Authorization for Children, Adolescents and Adults
District Court Department Standards of Judicial Practice: Civil Commitment and Authorization of Medical Treatment for Mental Illness
Probate and Family Court Standing Order 4-11: Administrative Process for Uncontested Rogers Reviews and Extensions
Uniform Trial Court Rules for Civil Commitment Proceedings for Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders G. L. c.123 s.35
EO 422 Services for Mentally Ill Individuals Under Age 19
DMH Forms, Dept. of Mental Health.
Mental Health Forms, Mass. Trial Court.
Uncontested Extension of Orders for Antipsychotic Medications (Rogers), Mass. Probate and Family Court.
In the Matter of G.P. , 473 Mass. 112 (2015).
"Discussion of G. L. c. 123, § 35, which authorizes... involuntary civil commitment ...where there is a likelihood of serious harm as a result of the person's alcoholism or substance abuse, or both... Discussion of the Uniform Trial Court Rules for Civil Commitment Proceedings for Alcohol and Substance Abuse, which will take effect in February, 2016."
Rogers v. Commissioner of the Dept. of Mental Health , 390 Mass. 489 (1983). Outlines the requirements to be met in order to involuntarily administer anti-psychotic medications.
Rosie D. v. Romney , 410 F.Supp. 2d 18 (2006)
Found that Massachusetts "violated ...provisions of the Medicaid Act by failing to offer necessary medical services to children in this Commonwealth who suffer from serious emotional disturbances."
Applying for Adult Mental Health Services, Department of Mental Health
Applying for child, youth, and family services, Department of Mental Health
Campus Mental Health Know Your Rights: A Guide for Students Who Want to Seek Help for Mental Illness or Emotional Distress , Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, 2008
Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) , Children's Law Center. "an effort by MassHealth to provide more community-based behavioral health or mental health services to youth under the age of 21 with MassHealth and who meet certain criteria. Sometimes these services are also called "Rosie D." services." Explains eligibility and more.
DMH Resource Guides, Department of Mental Health, Health and Human Services
Mental Health Care , Mass. Legal Help. Geared toward dealing with insurance companies or MassHealth. "This part of the website tells you how to get insurers like MassHealth to pay for your or your family's mental health services. We do not talk about how to get onto MassHealth or where to get free services. We do answer questions about how to get services paid for once you have public or private insurance."
Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee . An independent agency of the SJC, provides both advice and direct representation. Their Resources and Publications include:
Parents' How-To Guide on Children's Mental Health Services in Massachusetts , 3d ed., 2011, Boston Bar Association
Includes steps for getting help, paying for services, services in your child's school, and more
Keep Your Housing: A Guide to Help Massachusetts Tenants with Mental Health Issues Keep Their Housing , Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, August 2006
Detailed guide to obtaining reasonable accommodation, with forms
Quick Reference on CBHI Mental Health Services for Youth , Children's Law Center, 2013.
Massachusetts must provide "behavioral health screening, diagnostic evaluation, and an array of new behavioral health services to children up to age 21 who have MassHealth." Explains services available and how to access them.
CPCS Mental Health Proceedings in Massachusetts: A Manual for Defense Counsel , MCLE, 2015
Mental Health Law, Mass. Practice Series v.53 , Thomson/West, with supplement
Mental Health Proceedings Under Chapter 123 , Judicial Institute, Spring 2011