Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Health: Mental Health

H47 Department of Mental Health

H48 Division of Forensic Mental Health

H49 Department of Developmental Services


H47 Department of Mental Health (DMH)
Executive Office of Health and Human Services
25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-626-8000
Toll Free: 1-800-221-0053 (within Mass. only)
TTY: 617-727-9842
Fax: 617-626-8131
www.mass.gov/dmh/
E-mail: dmhinfo@state.ma.us

This department provides services to an average of 22,000 citizens, both adults and adolescents, with long-term or serious mental illness for early and on-going treatment and does research into its causes. In this ongoing process, the DMH has expanded community-based programs while meeting continuing care needs of individuals in public psychiatric facilities. The department supervises all facilities for the mentally ill, including state hospitals, comprehensive centers and clinics, and half-way houses; county and municipal programs; and private facilities and services. Services include: emergency services on a 24-hour basis, in-patient residential and out-patient care, partial hospitalization for day and night care, consultation and educational assistance to community agencies and professional personnel, and employment opportunities for patients. The Department of Mental Health retains responsibility for all adult and child/adolescent continuing or long-term care, including inpatient and an array of community-based services that promote independence, rehabilitation and recovery and prevent unnecessary hospitalization. In concert with the Department of Public Health and the Division of Medical Assistance, DMH has developed a single model of care to improve the treatment of individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Implementation is scheduled to begin this year with completion expected within five years. There are several regional offices; call or visit their website for the location nearest you.


H48 Forensic Mental Health Services
Department of Mental Health
25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-626-8094
www.mass.gov/dmh/

This division oversees court clinics. These mental health clinics in courts provide psychiatric services to the courts. Referrals are made by judges, chief probation officers, and probation offices. The division also provides clinical services to prisoners and their families as an extension of community mental health programs within the prison system.


H49 Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
Executive Office of Health and Human Services
500 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Tel: 617-727-5608
TTY: 617-624-7783
After Hours Emergency: 508-384-3114
www.mass.gov/dds/
E-mail:  DDS.Info@state.ma.us

Massachusetts has a comprehensive system of specialized services and supports to give individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunities to live the way they choose. The Department is the state agency that manages and oversees this service system providing these specialized services and supports to approximately 32,000 adults with intellectual disabilities and children with developmental disabilities. The types of specialized services and supports include day supports, employment supports, residential supports, family supports, respite, and transportation. DDS provides these services through facilities and community-based state operated programs and by contracting with 235 private provider agencies. There are several regional offices; call or visit their website for the nearest location.


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