For over 40 years, children and adults with mental disabilities have looked to MHLAC for vindication of their rights against discrimination and to appropriate services. An independent state agency of the Supreme Judicial Court, MHLAC provides advice and direct legal representation on a wide range of legal issues. These include: access to services, treatment rights, equitable treatment in custody and visitation matters, guardianship abuse, insurance discrimination, educational rights, housing bias, and mistreatment in institutional and community settings. In addition to providing direct legal representation and advice, MHLAC lawyers also train judges, attorneys, and advocates; interpret and analyze legislation; and produce brochures and longer publications on pertinent legal matters.
This website is intended to inform individuals and families about the work of MHLAC, including special projects devoted to children confined in DYS facilities, protecting parents’ rights to fair treatment in custody and visitation actions (the Clubhouse Family Legal Support Project) and protecting the rights of workers experiencing discrimination in the workplace. This site is also intended to be a resource to advocates, lawyers, mental health professionals and others interested in assisting individuals with mental disabilities to assert their rights and advocate for themselves. MHLAC welcomes your comments, questions and suggestions about our website via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in learning more about MHLAC. Our online library lists publications and legal resources for many subject areas under headings according to each topic. To be added to the MHLAC mailing list or to schedule an outreach presentation at your event, please send your request to email@example.com.