MAMH, as a primary convener and facilitator for mental health policy and advocacy issues in the Commonwealth, works in close partnership with numerous organizations to achieve shared goals and objectives. We also advocate, educate, and collaborate with state and federal government entities on mental health policy, program, regulatory and legal issues. The issues MAMH addresses are large and complex, with multifaceted solutions advanced best in collaboration with stakeholder partners.  We draw upon and weave together the respective strengths of MAMH and our partners to move the needle on behavioral health reform.

Below is a list of organizations with whom MAMH works in partnership to further its mission.

Private Advocacy and Policy Organizations and Coalitions 

Association for Behavioral Health (ABH)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMA Foundation)

Center for Public Representation (CPR)

Children's Mental Health Campaign

Disability Law Center (DLC)

Foley Hoag, LLP

Health Care for All (HCFA)

Health Law Advocates (HLA)

Housing Partners, Inc.

Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems (MABHS)

Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and Care 

Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) 

Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR)

Mental Health and Substance Use Parity Coalition

Mental Health Coalition

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC)

National Association for Mental Illness Massachusetts (NAMI-MA)

Parent Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)

Patient Access and Safety Coalition

Prisoners Legal Services (PLS)

Recovery Learning Communities (RLCs)


Transformation Center 

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley 

State Government Organizations

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Department of Correction (DOC)

Department of Early and Secondary Education (DESE)

Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Department of Mental Health (DMH)

Department of Public Health (DPH)

Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)

Department of Youth Services (DYS)

Division of Insurance (DOI)

Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA)

Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPPS)

Health Policy Commission (HPC)


Office of the Attorney General (AG)

Federal Organizations

The Carter Center

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

The Kennedy Forum

Mental Health America

National Council for Behavioral Health

National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


MAMH Perspective

Effective advocacy is dependent upon knowledge, education, communication, consensus building and working collaboratively with partners with similarly aligned missions and goals. MAMH is fortunate to enjoy close working relationships with a number of non-profit advocacy and policy organizations as well as state and federal agencies. These partnerships are critical to advancing our shared goals and the key to our role as an agent of change for behavioral health system reform.

Partnerships in Action

MAMH and its partners have collaborated on key issues and initiatives affecting individuals with or at risk for mental health conditions. Such initiatives include the following:

Parity and Coverage Preservation MAMH works with HLA, HCFA, MHLAC and others to press DOI to regulate insurer adherence to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), including equitable application of Non Quantitative Treatment Limitations (NQTLs) and coverage of acute and rehabilitative care. Additionally, as a member of the Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and Care, MAMH leverages its technical expertise and board network to protect the parity law, essential health benefits, and the broader provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention: MAMH works with EOHHS, HPC, and accountable care organizations (ACOs) to advance through policy reports, regulatory action and budget advocacy the integration of behavioral health in primary and specialty care settings, emphasizing universal screening, early intervention, collaborative care, and referral to continued treatment.

Early Intervention and Outpatient Access: MAMH is partnering with DMH and DPH in leveraging alliances with PPAL, NAMI and ABH to advance broad scale replication of the MYCHILD and LAUNCH program models for early childhood mental health and the NIMH Early Psychosis program models for adolescents and young adults. To improve outpatient care access, MAMH will be working with the Mental Health Coalition, disseminating results from the BCBSMA Foundation study, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) survey, and case studies to stakeholder groups and legislative committees addressing insurers’ ghost networks, low reimbursement rates, claw-back provisions, and workforce shortages.

Housing as a Social Determinant of Health: MAMH advocates for affordable housing tied to treatment services to address people boarded – or “stuck” – in emergency rooms, inpatient care, on the streets and in shelters. MAMH is partnering with MHSA, ABH and DHCD to promote expansion of rental housing subsidies targeted to DMH clients, sponsoring legislative events, briefing public administrators across secretariats, and publishing the People Are Waiting 2018 report.

Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Reform MAMH worked with DLC, NAMI-MA, and PLS to promote recent reforms at Bridgewater State Hospital, reforms directed by the Governor’s Office, EOHHS, and EOPPS. MAMH, working with ABH and the BCBSMA Foundation, also leveraged its expertise to convene stakeholders and disseminate knowledge, and cosponsored a Policy Forum to educate policymakers about best practices in pretrial justice diversion and community reentry services. The Forum impact was enhanced by report dissemination, media coverage, and policy briefings. MAMH will continue an active role on the Bridgewater State Hospital (BSH) working group, monitoring to protect gains implemented by the Administration, while advocating for transfer of civilly committed patients to DMH in a strategic alliance with DLC and NAMI.

Sound System Solutions: MAMH works in support of the BCBSMA Foundation on several reform initiatives, gathering and analyzing data on program innovations and change strategies to forge consensus and build alliances for reform of behavioral health care in public and private insurance markets.