Official Title: 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.
Mental Health includes the following programs:
Are you an expert in this area? Do you know someone who is? Let us know so that together we can make this the most up-to-date, useful resource on children's programs in Massachusetts.
- Early Ed & Care
- Early Ed Access
- Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative
- Early Education and Care Provider Rate Increase
- Income Eligible Child Care (Child Care Access)
- Income Eligible Wait List
- Supportive and TANF Childcare
- TANF Related Child Care
- Tax Break for Child and Dependent Care Costs
- Tax Break for Daycare Expenses
- Tax Break for Dependent Under 12
- Early Ed Administration
- Quality & Targeted Programs
- Early Ed Access
- Human Services
- Common Threads