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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  

  • DMH Eligibility Denials

  • Access to DMH’s Adult Clinical Community Services (ACCS)

  • Access to MassHealth’s Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) services

  • Acces to mental health services for DYS involved youth


  • 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 or arrest, including the failure to provide adequate alternative education

  • Discrimination in public schools due to mental health, including failure to provide minimally adequate curriculum and services

  • Restraint and seclusion.

Employment / Insurance

  • Discrimination in employment or workplace benefits

  • 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.

Family Law

  • Custody of or parenting time to their children

  • Termination or denial of DCF services

Jail and Bridgewater State Hospital

  • Denial of mental health care

  • Restraint and seclusion

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

  • 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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