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The Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC) has numerous publications about the rights of people with mental illness in Massachusetts. Click on the links below to view materials written by MHLAC and other organizations. You may also request a publication using MHLAC's Order Publications page. These publications are not a substitute for legal advice. MHLAC maintains an intake call-in line to answer specific legal questions. MHLAC provides advice and/or representation on some, but not all of the topics below. You can learn about other legal resources in Massachusetts from the MHLAC Legal Organizations Referral List.

 

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Acronyms

Acronyms Used in Massachusetts Mental Health Advocacy

Acronyms Used in the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

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Autism

Autism Resources

Rights of Youth with Autism Regarding Special Education

DDS Eligibility

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Child and Youth Rights

Children's Behavioral Health Initiative Services

Chapter 688 Process

Unified Planning Teams

Unified Planning Team Request Form

The Parents' How-to Guide to Children's Mental Health Services in Massachusetts  A publication of the Boston Bar Association with Children's Hospital Boston.

CHINS Reform Law  A website of the Children's League of Massachusetts.

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Community Rights

Service Animals

Access to Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Services

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Consumer Rights

Rights of Individuals with a Representative Payee

Managing Credit and Debt

What To Do If You Are In Debt

Debt Collection

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Criminal Justice

Hospitalization in Connection with a Criminal Case

A Road Map through the Criminal Justice System for Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families  A publication of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Department of Children and Families (DCF) Rights

Requesting a DCF Fair Hearing

DCF Fair Hearing Process

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Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Client Rights

DDS Eligibility

DDS Client Individual Support Planning

DDS Family Support Services

DDS MASSCAP and ICAP

DDS Residential Services

Resolving Problems with DDS

Resources for Clients of DDS

Transition to Adulthood for DDS Clients

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Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) Rights

Restraint in Massachusetts Residential School Programs

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Department of Mental Health (DMH) Client Rights

Introduction to DMH

Applying for DMH Services

DMH Service Authorization Determination Process

DMH Eligibility Appeals

DMH Services

DMH Case Management

DMH Service Plans

DMH Service or Eligibility Changes

DMH Community Based Flexible Support Services

DMH Complaint Process

DMH Complaint Process (Spanish)

DMH Complaint Process Form in PDF or
DMH Complaint Process Form in MS Word

DMH Privileges Policy Applicable to Certain Inpatient Psychiatric Units

DMH Restraint and Seclusion Regulations Applicable to Inpatient Psychiatric Units

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Department of Youth Services (DYS) Client Rights

MHLAC's DYS Project Resources  MHLAC's DYS Project publishes a wide array of resources for youths, families, and advocates. These resources are all available on this webpage.

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Education Rights

After School Programming for Youth with Disabilities

Rights of Youth with Autism Regarding Special Education

Access of Youth to Behavioral Health Services

Rights of College Age Youth With Disabilities

Rights Regarding School Discipline

Rights Regarding School Resource Officers

Rights Regarding Prosecution for Misconduct at School

Rights Regarding Extended Year Special Education Services

Rights of Youth Regarding Functional Behavior Assessments

Rights of Foster Children to Education

Taking the General Educational Development (GED) Test

Rights of Homeless Youth to Education

Rights of Youth Regarding Individualized Education Programs

Rights of Youth With Disabilities Regarding MCAS

Rights Under Special Education Law Regarding Classroom Observation

Rights of Youth Regarding Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Rights of Youth Regarding Education Records

Mental Health Resources Available in Schools

Rights of Youth in Institutional Settings to Special Education

Educational Services Available to Youth With Disabilities

Rights of Youth Regarding Special Education Disputes

Rights of Youth Regarding Special Education Eligibility

Rights of Youth Regarding Special Education Evaluations

Rights of Youth Regarding Special Education Placement

Rights of Youth Regarding Special Education Referral

Rights of Youth Regarding Special Education Transition Planning

Rights of Special Education Youth Regarding Exclusion

Rights of Regarding Termination and Suspension from Public or Private Special Education Schools

Rights of Youth With Disabilities Regarding Transportation to School

The Education Surrogate Parent Program

Educating Youth With Trauma Histories

Restraint in Massachusetts Public Schools

Restraint in Massachusetts Public Schools (Spanish)

Time-out in Massachusetts Public Schools

Time-out in Massachusetts Public Schools (Spanish)

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Family Law

Mass. Legal Help Children and Families webpage with multiple links to information on family law topics 

SSDI and Child Support Modifications

Restraining Orders

New England Psychologist article: When the issue of predictive neglect arises, a combination of legal and clinical services is key to successful outcomes. 

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Guardianship, Conservatorship, and their Alternatives

Guardianship of an Adult in Massachusetts

Alternatives to Guardianship in Massachusetts

Alternatives to Conservatorship in Massachusetts

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Health Care Rights

Medication Rights

Medication Rights (Spanish)

Where to Direct Complaints about Mental Health Service Providers in Massachusetts

Where to Direct Complaints about Licensed Mental Health Professionals in Massachusetts

How to File a Complaint with the Division of Insurance regarding a Health Care Insurance Company

How to File a Complaint about Health Care with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

Legal Guide to Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders

Practical Guide to Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders

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Health Care Reform and Insurance

January 2012 MHLAC Comments on EOHHS's draft proposal for a state demonstration project that combines Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for dual eligible services through an integrated care entity

January 2012 MHLAC Testimony in Support of H. 1174, An Act requiring mental health parity for disability policies

January 2012 MHLAC Testimony in Support of H. 1177, An Act relative to the continuity of care of mental health treatment

June 2012 MHLAC Letter to legislators on Healthcare Payment Reform

September 2012 MHLAC & HCFA Comments on Division of Insurance Regulations and Procedures Under Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, Sections 23 and 254

Consumer Control of Mental Health Information

Eradicating Stigma

Caseloads Time Quality

Provider and Treatment Choice

October 2014 Recommendations on utilization review to the Division of Insurance Health Care Access Bureau

The Unintended Results of Payment Reform and Electronic Medical Records

Choice and Continuity of Care as Significant Issues for Equality in Mental Health Care

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Housing Rights

Community Residence Tenancy Law

Keep Your Housing Handbook

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Inpatient Rights

Admission and Discharge Rights

Admission and Discharge Rights (Spanish)

Section 35 Commitment for Substance Abuse Rights

Hospitalization in Connection with a Criminal Case

Basic Rights on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Six Fundamental Rights

Movement Rights on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Medication Rights

Medication Rights (Spanish)

Restraint and Seclusion in Hospitals, Including Emergency Rooms

Know Your Discharge Planning Rights from Massachusetts Licensed Psychiatric Units

DMH Privileges Policy Applicable to Certain Inpatient Psychiatric Units

DMH Restraint and Seclusion Regulations Applicable to Inpatient Psychiatric Units

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Records

Access to Mental Health Records

Consumer Control of Mental Health Information

Individuals’ Right under HIPAA to Access their Health Information  An excerpt from a guidance by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Unintended Results of Payment Reform and Electronic Medical Records

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Restraint Rights

Restraint in Massachusetts Public Schools

Restraint in Massachusetts Public Schools (Spanish)

Time-out in Massachusetts Public Schools

Time-out in Massachusetts Public Schools (Spanish)

Restraint in Massachusetts Residential School Programs

DMH Restraint and Seclusion Regulations Applicable to Inpatient Psychiatric Units

Restraint and Seclusion in Hospitals, Including Emergency Rooms

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Substance Abuse

Acronyms Used in the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Selected Bibliography of Substance Abuse Topics

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Transportation

The RIDE and Other ParaTransit Services

Reduced-Cost Public Transportation

Transportation to and from MassHealth Appointments

Transportation Benefits for SSI and SSDI Recipients

Transportation Services for Elders

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Vocational Education and Employment

Vocational Education

State Agency Vocational Services

Employment Services

Benefits and Health Insurance for Working People

Vocational Education and Employment Resources

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