Rosie D.
Reforming the Mental Health System in Massachusetts

Family Resources

Information and support about child and adolescent mental health is available through several family and advocacy groups, including:

Bazelon Center for Mental Health:

Family Ties of Massachusetts:

Family Voices:

The Federation for Children with Special Needs:

Massachusetts Association for Mental Health:

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill/Massachusetts Chapter:

The National Center for Children in Poverty:
View their publication Towards Better Behavioral Health for Children, Youth and their Families - Financing that Supports Knowledge:

Parent / Professional Advocacy League (PAL):   617-542-7860 or

PAL's Parent Resource Network (PRN) Line: provides information regarding child and adolescent mental health issues; staffed by trained family advocates. 866-815-8122

Parental Stress Line: 24-hour hotline: 1-800-632-8188

Parents Helping Parents:   1-800-882-1250 or

The Parents' How-To Guide to Children's Mental Health Services in Massachusetts:, or
For a printed copy, contact 617-778-1934 or

Rosie D. and Me:  pediatrician David Keller's reflections and blog regarding children's mental health and the systems that are trying to help them.

United Way Parent Line: 1-800-231-4377

Insurance Information

Health Care for All:    617-350-7279

MassHealth Customer Service Center: 1-800-841-2900

MassHealth website:

Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership: 1-800-495-0086 or

State Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care:

Massachusetts Department of Education:  781-338-3000 or

Massachusetts Department of Mental Health:  617-626-8000  or

Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation:  617-727-5608 or

Massachusetts Department of Public Health:  617-624-5200 or

Massachusetts Department of Social Services:  617-574-8400 or

Massachusetts Department of Youth Services:  617-727-6603 or


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