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Below is a list of links to articles, interviews, press releases and other media activities by MHLAC and MHLAC staff:

  • Watch former MHLAC Senior Attorney, Miriam Ruttenberg talking about student arrests at school on Channel 5 Investigates.

    See full segment here!


  • See Phil Kassel's letter to the Boston Globe in response to the Spotlight Team's first article about mental health services during Summer 2016.

  • See Lauren Roy, mentioned in Pulse of Longwood's article on mental health patients' rights to access fresh air while in the hospital.

  • See Phil Kassel quoted in a Patriot Ledger article by Chris Burrell about staff safety concerns at a psychiatric hospital in Pembroke.

  • See our February 5, 2015 Fresh Air Press Release . Go to for the law's language.

  • See Jennifer Honig's article about the involuntary committment of women with substance use issues appearing in Boston Bar Journal's Winter edition.

  • Screenshot of Disability Connection
  • See February 10, 2014 letter appearing in the Boston Globe by Phil Kassel, Miriam Ruttenber and colleague Dan Losen on student arrests.

  • See Susan Fendell appearing on a episode of the Disability Law Center's Disability Connection discussing the sharing of electronic medical records of psychiatric patients.

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