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Massachusetts State Government

State Legislature 

Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) 

Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) 

Department of Children and Family (DCF) 

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) 

Department of Mental Health (DMH) 

Department of Developmental Services (DDS) 

Department of Public Health (DPH) 

Department of Youth Services (DYS) 

Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) 


Legal Representation

Center for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)  CPCS is a fifteen-member body established to oversee the provision of legal representation in nearly 300,000 cases annually to indigent persons in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Committee also oversees the operation of a state department comprised of 126 public attorneys, as well as administrators and administrative staff, which provide legal services of various types to indigent parties.

Disability Law Center (DLC)  DLC is a private, non-profit public interest law firm providing free legal assistance and information to people with disabilities throughout Massachusetts. It is the Protection and Advocacy agency for Massachusetts and as such, it is responsible for protecting and advocating for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities

Legal Advocacy and Resource Center (LARC)  LARC operates a free legal hotline to help low-income Massachusetts residents with legal problems by providing legal information and advice, and by making referrals to legal and social service agencies.

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)  GBLS is the primary provider of free, non-criminal legal assistance in the Greater Boston area. GBLS assists low-income individuals, families, and community-based organizations with a wide range of poverty law matters.

Prisoners' Legal Services (PLS)  PLS provides free civil legal assistance to poor people incarcerated in Massachusetts prisons and jails.

Center for Public Representation (CPR) CPR is a non-profit public interest law firm providing mental health law and disability law services.

Children's Law Center of Massachusetts (CLCM) The mission of the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts is to promote and secure equal justice and to maximize opportunity for low-income children and youth by providing quality advocacy and legal services.

Mass. Advocates for Children (MAC) MAC is a private non-profit organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities. MAC works to overcome these barriers by changing conditions for many children, while also helping one child at a time.

Health Law Advocates (HLA) HLA provides free legal assistance to income-eligible individuals who live or work in Massachusetts and are having difficulty obtaining health care or insurance coverage. HLA also provides help to consumers who have incurred medical debt due to wrongful denials by payors, inadequate insurance screenings by providers, or unfair or deceptive trade practices by payors or providers.

Massachusetts Advocacy Organizations

Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PAL)  PAL promotes a strong voice for families of children and adolescents with mental health needs. PAL advocates for supports, treatment and policies that enable families to live in their communities in an environment of stability and respect.

Health Care for All (HCFA)   HCFA is building a movement of empowered people and communities with the goal of creating a health care system that is responsive to the needs of all people, particularly the most vulnerable. Health Care For All is dedicated to making quality health care a right of all people.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill - Mass. Chapter  NAMI-Massachusetts works to improve the quality of life both for people with mental illnesses and for their families.

Civil Rights in Psychiatric Hospitals  Civil Rights in Psychiatric Hospitals works to end the demeaning, disempowering, and illegal violation of human rights at inpatient psychiatric facilities.

Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition (MCC) The MCC is a non-profit organization whose membership includes over 15,000 Massachusetts residents who have mental illness and the 32 recovery and rehabilitation centers called "Clubhouses" that help to sustain them.

MPOWER M-POWER is a member run organization of mental health consuemrs and current and former psychiatric patients. M-POWER advocates for political and social change within the mental health system, the community, city and statewide. 

The Transformation Center The Transformation Center is a peer-operated center with  a mental health focus on wellness and life recovery through dialogue, education, systems change advocacy, and peer support. The Center offers training for Peer Specialist Certification, Leadership Academy, WRAP Facilitation, Recovery Conversations for Providers and more. 

The Truth About JRC  This website provides the opportunity for anyone concerned about the Judge Rotenberg Center to post comments. Current and former employees, students, family members and interested advocates are invited to post information, ask questions and participate in discussions. Comments can be anonymous if people wish.

Mass. Association for Mental Health (MAMH) MAMH is a private, non-profit tax-exempt Massachusetts corporation based in Boston, MA and a leading voice for the creation of services for people with mental illnesses.

Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center The Center at U. Mass. Medical School conducts research to enhance services, improve the quality of life, and promote recovery for people with behavioral health conditions.

Coming Home Directory  The Coming Home Directory is a compilation of services available to ex-offenders returning to or living in communities in Greater Boston.

National Advocacy Organizations

Center for Law and Education (CLE) CLE works to make the right of all students to quality education a reality throughout the nation and to help enable communities to address their own public education problems effectively, with an emphasis on assistance to low-income students and communities.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of people with mental illnesses through changes in policy and law.

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA)  NARPA is an independent organization of survivors of mental health institutions, advocates, civil rights activists, mental health workers and lawyers. Its fundamental mission is to empower people who have been labeled mentally disabled so that they may learn to independently exercise their rights.

National Consumer Law Center  National Consumer Law Center is an advocacy organization for low-income consumer justice and an expert on low-income consumer issues.

National Disability Rights Network NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP). Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

National Empowerment Center (NEC) The NEC is a national technical assistance center for mental health consumers and believes in a strong model of individual recovery.

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP)  NHeLP is a national public interest law center that provides specialized assistance on indigent health care matters to attorneys and other advocates representing low-income clients throughout the United States. Services include litigation assistance, research, training, publications, legislative and administrative representation.

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse  The Clearinghouse is a consumer-run national technical assistance center serving the mental health consumer movement. The Clearinghouse connects individuals to self-help and advocacy resources, and offers expertise to self-help groups and other peer-run services for mental health consumers.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  SAMHSA works to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on U.S. communities.

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