At The Support Network we believe that by empowering families to be a strong voice for themselves and their children we can together reduce stigma and achieve the best possible outcome in a child life. We believe that our local, state, and national authorities should increase their knowledge about the importance of children’s emotional health and strive to create comprehensive, accessible services that will promote healthy child and youth development. Below are a group of resources that we have pulled together to help empower families.
English Application for MA DMH Services: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dmh/forms/form-ca-application-english.doc
Spanish Application for MA DMH Services: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dmh/forms/form-ca-application-spanish.doc
www.PPAL.net: The Massachusetts Family Voice for Children’s Mental Health
www.fcsn.org: The Federation for Children with Special Needs: Informing, Educating and Empowering Families
http://fcsn.org/mfv/ Massachusetts Family Voices @ the Federation is a state chapter of Family Voices, a national grassroots organization of families, friends and professional partners brought together by a common concern for children and youth with special health care needs.
www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dmh/ Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
www.doe.mass.edu Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
www.mass.gov/edu/government/departments-and-boards/department-of-early-education-and-care/ Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
www.mass.gov/dph/ Massachusetts Department of Public Health
www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dds/ Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dcf/ Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
http://www.mass.gov/childadvocate/ Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate
https://www.hcfama.org/ Massachusetts Health Care for All
Concord MA Special Education Parent Advisory Council Parent Advisory Council in Concord MA; great resources
www.mindfreedom.org MindFreedom Support Coalition International: An international consumer/survivor/ex-patient-run human rights group in mental health that links over 100 grassroots organizations internationally.
www.m-power.org Massachusetts People/Patients Organized Massachusetts’ largest mental health consumer-run advocacy organization for Wellness Empowerment and Rights.
www.power2u.org National Empowerment Center: One of five federally funded consumer/survivor/ex-patient-run mental health technical assistance centers, located in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
www.helpline-online.com Find substance abuse services near you.