Behavioral Health Resources and Factsheets

Our work focuses on policy and practice for supporting children's behavioral health needs in the commonwealth. If you are in need of direct assistance, we have provided a number of reliable resources:

Network of Care Massachusetts: a directory of over 5,000 programs and organizations across the Commonwealth to access if you are looking for information about resources in your community for children and adults with mental health and substance use needs

MSPCC provides mental health services for children across Massachusetts

PPAL mental health & emergency resources for transition-age youth & their families: emergency 24/7 resources on page one, next day resources on page two.

PPAL Mental health & emergency resources for families & youth: emergency 24/7 resources on page one, next day resources on page two.

Health Care For All Helpline is available to answer questions about health coverage in Massachusetts. Call 1-800-272-4232. 

Health Law Advocates provides pro bono legal representation to low-income residents experiencing difficulty accessing or paying for needed medical services. 

HandHoldMA offers tips, tools, and resources for parents and caregivers to help guide them through supporting their children's behavioral health. This resources is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Office of the Child Advocate, and Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Judge Baker Children's Center Parent & Caregiver Guide to Helping Your Family Before, During, and After a Crisis ENGLISH I EN ESPAÑOL

Office of Patient Protection can help you navigate the managed care requirements of your health insurer and appeal if your health insurer has denied a claim or access to services. 

Pathways RTC Telehealth for Transition Age Youth and Young Adults: Privacy, Emotional Safety and Welfare During Covid-19 and Beyond


BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (BHCA)

Many Massachusetts private health insurance plans includespecific benefits for Behavioral Health for Children and Adolescents (BHCA).

Check with your insurance plan or your employer’s human resources department to find out if your health insurance covers these important services.

In partnership with the Autism Insurance Resource Center (AIRC), Mass DMH has made a new resource avialable to assist DMH staff, families, and providers with navigating behavioral health commercial insurance benefits for children and adolescents. Learn more about this service.

Below is the Required Benefits for Behavioral Health Care and Adolescent Services FAQ, as well as links to PDF versions and templates to add your organization's branding.