Since 1913, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH) has worked to improve understanding of mental health conditions and combat disparities in health services access. We envision a day when all individuals and families across the Commonwealth have the resources and opportunities they need to promote resilience and protect overall health.

Network of Care

Network of Care Massachusetts is a free website with info about more than 5,000 mental health, substance use, and social service resources in Massachusetts. From Boston to the Berkshires, when you or a loved one are facing problems with mental health, drugs, or alcohol, take the first step today at www.massachusetts.networkofcar...!

Friend & Leader

Each year, we honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to advance access to effective mental health services in the Commonwealth. Please click here for information about our 2020 Friend & Leader celebration on Sept. 16 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston! For photos from the 2019 Friend & Leader event, please click here.

Mental Health ABC Act

On Feb. 13, the MA Senate passed the Mental Health ABC Act to more effectively enforce mental health parity laws, improve insurance coverage for Emergency Services Programs and other mental health services, and support individuals from diverse backgrounds to pursue mental health careers. Please watch Senate President Karen Spilka's video about why it's so important that we pass this bill!

Coronavirus and Mental Health

Protecting and maintaining mental health is essential to an overall public health prevention program. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. The CDC provides information and tips for protecting your mental health while helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Health Reform 2.0

Governor Charlie Baker's health reform bill prioritizes behavioral health and primary care, requiring insurers, hospitals, and physician groups to increase spending in these areas by 30% by 2023. The bill would address barriers to parity and improve access to behavioral health in urgent care clinics and emergency rooms.

Children's Urgent Care

Children and adolescents seeking behavioral health care often experience delays in access to quality services. With key support from the Miller Innovation Fund, MAMH and its partners in the Children's Mental Health Campaign propose a strategy to build an effective, sustainable system of Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care to provide earlier intervention while reducing the need for hospitalization. Read our discussion on the #Crisis Now blog, and then read the full Report on Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care.

Criminal Justice System Reform

In Middlesex County Jail & House of Correction, about 45% of inmates and detainees have mental health or substance use conditions. This new legislative report by the Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission explores whether restoration centers -- behavioral health facilities providing urgent psychiatric care, crisis stabilization, and related social and health services -- can help to lower incarceration rates and reduce the use of costly hospital Emergency Departments. Read the Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission Year One Findings and Recommendations.

MAMH President & CEO Danna Mauch participated in the development of the SAMHSA National Guidelines for Crisis Care: A Best Practice Toolkit, which advances national guidelines in recovery-oriented crisis care within a toolkit that supports program design, development, implementation, and continuous quality improvement.

Crisis Services

Danna Mauch talks with WBUR reporter Martha Bebinger about why walk-in mental health and urgent care centers are so important to increasing timely access to life-saving mental health treatment and supports.

Mental Health Education

A significant and growing number of youth experience mental health issues or stress that interferes with academic performance, social development, and health. On July 9, MAMH joined students and the Children's Mental Health Campaign to advocate for mental health education to provide information, skills, and support students need to understand and protect their mental health. Read MAMH's testimony.

Preventing Suicide

Join MAMH in supporting the International Declaration for Zero Suicide Healthcare. No suicide is fated! Learn more by watching the Zero Suicide Call to Action video. For 24/7, free and confidential support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Please join us to advocate for equitable access to effective mental health services in Massachusetts!

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