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Intake Areas Covered

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MHLAC may provide representation to people with, or perceived to have, a mental health condition who have legal concerns in the following areas:

Community Based Mental Health Services  

  • Denial or termination of DMH’s Community Based Flex Supports (CBFS) services.

  • Denial or termination of MassHealth’s Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) services.


  • Denial of appropriate educational services to youth under 22 years old confined in a DYS or DMH run facility, county jail, or prison. 

  • Exclusion from school as a result of school disciplinary action.

  • Police arrest as a result of school disciplinary action.

  • Access to SPED services for ELL students.

  • Restraint and seclusion.

Family Law

  • Custody or visitation rights to their children for parents with mental illness.

  • Inappropriate intervention or refusal of services by DCF that could keep the family intact.


  • Private Disability Insurance (income replacement) - Denial of or termination from short- or long-term disability insurance benefits, where the disability is based on a mental condition.

  • Health Insurance - Denial of coverage for mental health services or out-of-network providers.


  • Denial of mental health care.

  • Solitary confinement.

Medical Treatment Discrimination

  • Dismissal of physical health concerns by a health provider because of a person’s psychiatric history.  

  • Allegations of improper disclosure of confidential mental health treatment information.

Mental Health Facilities & Emergency Rooms

  • Held against one’s will in possible violation of rights prior to potential issuance of a petition for civil commitment.

  • Allegations of mistreatment and rights violations in a hospital emergency room or mental health facility.

  • Restraint and seclusion.


  • Eviction or threat of eviction from DMH group home (supported housing) settings.

  • Restraint and seclusion.

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