Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

Health: Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Rehabilitation

H5 Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108-4609
Tel: 617-624-5111
Alcohol and Drugs Toll Free: 1-800-327-5050
TTY Toll Free: 1-800-720-3480
Gambling: 617-624-5012

The goal of the division is to provide a spectrum of treatment options for low-income individuals who would not otherwise receive treatment. Alcohol, drug and gambling treatment services and programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of different geographical areas and populations throughout the state. Particular emphasis is given to development of services designed to meet specialized needs of ethnic and linguistic minorities, high risk youth, women, the physically disabled, and individuals with a "dual diagnosis" of mental illness and substance abuse. The services include emergency treatment, residential services, ambulatory services, and prevention/early intervention programs. It licenses drug/alcoholism programs and facilities and purchases care from a statewide network of self-help and hospital agencies, provides training to enhance substance abuse treatment skills; as well as conducts needs assessments, research and evaluation studies.  The division also encourages statewide, regional, and local programs for the prevention and treatment of drug dependency through cooperation of interested public agencies and private organizations. In addition, Substance Abuse Services administers the driver alcohol re-education programs pursuant to MGL Ch. 90:24.

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