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You may have been thrown into a new world of mental health care for your child and it can be overwhelming. Listed are some resources that can be helpful. Let me know if you have any questions.
https://www.caregiving.org/circleofcare/ This is a comprehensive guide to caring for someone who has mental health issues.
www.namimass.org The mission of NAMI Massachusetts is to improve the quality of life both for people with mental illnesses and for their families.
https://fcsn.org/ The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. If you need a low cost educational advocate you can hire an advocate that is in training.
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/dmh-child-youth-and-family-services-overview The Department of Mental Health, as the State Mental Health Authority, assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages; enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities.
Mass Health offers a variety of services to families in the home. It's mission is to strengthen, expand, and integrate Massachusetts state services into a comprehensive, community-based system of care.
http://maaps.org/ The Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps) is a listing and description of therapeutic schools in Ma.
http://fcsn.org/parents_guide/pgenglish.pdf Parents guide to the IEP
(Individual Educational Plan) process and steps you need to take.
Social Work Therapy Referral in Service in Ma: Referrals to private practice clinicians: adults, children, and groups
https://www.ssa.gov/payee/faqrep.htm. Information about being a rep payee.
I have experience working with various psych hospitals, partial programs, therapeutic schools, CBAT's ( Community Based Acute Treatment) , and teen groups in the metrowest area of Ma.
Resources for Parents: Resources
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