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Legal advocacy and resource center providing representation to low income children in Eastern MA.
Ask about special education and DCF custody and guardianship issues.
(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)
DMH Human Rights Handbook (English and Spanish)
“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
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
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
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
MA Voter Registration and Information
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