Mental/Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Resources

Information about services for children and youth with mental health needs and/or substance abuse issues.

Department of Mental Health (DMH)

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) supports children and adults with mental health needs. DMH provides services directly to clients and also connects individuals and families to mental health services that are available in their communities.  DMH also works on public policy issues that affect those with mental health needs and supports research on mental health issues.

For more information on their services or how to apply, visit the DMH website or call 1-800-221-0053 (TTY: 617-727-9842)

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Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) Brochure

CBHI created five brochures - one for each region of the state - that have information about the mental and behavioral health services available to children and youth enrolled in MassHealth.  Examples of services include in-home therapy, crisis intervention, and support for parents and families.

The brochures are also available in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Chinese, and Vietnamese.  Use the link below to order copies in other languages.

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Office of Youth and Young Adult Services (OYYAS) Directory

OYYAS is a part of the DPH Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS).  The office oversees substance abuse recovery programs for youth and young adults.  OYYAS created a directory of substance abuse recovery programs that are available to youth across the state. 

For more information or assistance finding a substance abuse recovery program, contact the Youth Central Intake Coordination Line at 1-866-705-2807 (TTY: 617-661-9051).


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Massachusetts Association on Mental Health (MAMH)

MAMH provides help to individuals and families who are looking for mental health services. MAMH also helps families fill out applications for mental health services from the Department of Mental Health, MassHealth, and other government departments.  Contact MAMH by calling 617-742-7452 or by visiting their website below.

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National Alliance of Mental Illness - Massachusetts (NAMI)

NAMI provides information and support to adults and children with mental health issues.  NAMI also provides support and education programs for parents and caregivers who care for a child with mental health needs. 

For more information, visit their website or contact their helpline at 1-800-370-9085.

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