Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
How to do an Advanced Directive
Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts
Legal advocacy and resource center providing representation to low income children in Eastern MA.
Ask about special education and DCF custody and guardianship issues.
Disability Law Center
(800) 872-9992 (617) 227-9464; 1-800-381-0577 (TTY)
General Intake (617) 723-8455 [email protected]
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PAIMI in MA (national program of Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness)
Disability Connection TV Show & Podcast
Drug Testing Information
If you want to land your dream career, refraining from marijuana use could damage your career. Employers now routinely conduct drug tests for a variety of legitimate reasons. Cannabis use is permitted in some places, however job candidates who test positive for narcotics are not considered for the position. Therefore, you should abstain from smoking hash if you really are engaged or searching for employment. Let’s discuss what you can do to keep your job if you decide to let loose a little on the weekend.
DPPC (Disabled Persons Protection Commission)
Mass Department of Mental Health (DMH)
DMH Human Rights Complaint Form
DMH Human Rights Handbook (English and Spanish)
DMH Statutes, Regulations and Policies
“Listen” ReadSpeaker option on most pages (not homepage) reads text on each page out loud to you. Website in multiple languages.
Ask a Law Librarian and Law Library resources
Mass Legal Services – Find Legal Aid
Mass Mental Health Litigation Division
MHLD publiccounsel.net is committed to protecting the legal and constitutional rights of citizens facing civil commitments, guardianships and involuntary treatment including the
administration of antipsychotic medications and ECT. Individuals who are asked to sign in to a hospital as a conditional voluntary patient are entitle to consult with an attorney before signing the CV. Patients who are involuntarily detained in psychiatric facilities are entitled to an attorney appointed by the MHLD.
The MHLD provides attorneys for civil commitment proceedings in the District Courts and the Boston Municipal Court as well as attorneys in the Probate and Family Courts for guardianships, substituted judgment proceedings, and cases involving the validation of health care proxies.
Call with questions and counsel requests 617-988-8341
Mass Network of Information Providers
Massachusetts Office on Disability
Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC)
Advancing the rights and opportunities of persons with mental disabilities through quality legal advocacy and education in Massachusetts. All callers who present with a legal issue related to mental health within broad priorities will receive basic advice and referral information.
MHLAC Library of pamphlets and booklets
MHLAC Links to agencies and organizations
National Association for Rights, Protection and Advocacy
Rights and Citizenship
Ruderman White Paper: Voting Accessibility for People with Disabilities (Sept 2016)
5 Fundamental Rights + Fresh Air
Fresh Air rights signed into law by Governor Duval Patrick ~ January 2015
2015 Summary by Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
Worcester Magazine article
Resources and services available to ex-offenders in Greater Boston
Ex-prisoners & Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA)
Good Samaritan Law (MOAR)
MA Association for Community Action
MA Directory of City and Town Halls
MA Voter Registration and Information
Resources for citizens http://www.sec.state.ma.us/
Voting information www.wheredoivotema.com
Includes immigration and refugee assistance
FREE Tax Help
Boston Tax Help Coalition Free for people who earned worked in 2015 and earned less than $54,000 English flyer Spanish flyer
Massachusetts State EOHHS including what to bring to the consultation
IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Enter your zip code