Mental Health

Mental Health programs operated by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) provide a range of services to both adults and children who suffer from mental illness. While many children receive mental health services that are covered by the MassHealth program or private insurance plans, DMH programs provide an important source of support for programs that would not be covered otherwise, and that help promote the ongoing recovery of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and serious mental illness.

Programs include crisis intervention programs, residential treatment programs, and a variety of community-based services that are designed to support children aged 19 and under in their ongoing recovery and to allow them to live independently when the reach adulthood. DMH also operates juvenile court clinics, and provides other mental health services to children who are involved in the criminal justice system. In addition to these programs, children may also receive mental health services through MassHealth, or through interagency initiatives that DMH supports but that are overseen by another agency.

For mental health services in other areas of the budget, see the Children's Budget common thread on Children's Mental Health.

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