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.

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 photos from the 2019 Friend & Leader celebration!

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.

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.

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.

Mental Health Parity

Despite parity laws at both the state and federal levels, coverage and access to mental health and substance use services remain more restrictive than for physical health services. In testimony before the MA Joint Committee on Financial Services on June 6, MAMH President Danna Mauch said that H.910/S.588 provides crucial protections to ensure equal coverage for behavioral health conditions. Read MAMH's testimony.

Preschool Expulsions

Research shows that young children who are expelled or suspended from school are as much as 10 times more likely to drop out of high school, experience academic failure, have negative attitudes toward school, and face incarceration. MAMH supports H.401/S.264, which aims to reduce suspensions and expulsions by setting benchmarks and incentivizing skills training for preschool teachers and staff. Read MAMH's testimony.

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.

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 support mental health initiatives in Massachusetts!