Central Massachusetts Resources

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For more information, please contact:

Autism Resource Specialist Kelly Hurley at 508-856-8781 or kelly.hurley@umassmemorial.org

or

CANDI Community Liaison Celia Brown at 508-856-8569 or Celia.Brown@umassmed.edu.

The Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts
The Autism Resource Center offers support groups for families to share suggestions, concerns, and resources. There are plenty of recreational and therapeutic programs available for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder as well as services to help their family members. Educational workshops are available for parents and professionals in the community through out the year in order to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families.  508-835-4278.
Child and Family Forensic Center (CFFC)
CFFC provides evaluation and consultation services to the courts when legal decisions affect the lives of children. 
Worcester: 306 Belmont Street, Suite 140; 774-442-4595.
Community Healthlink Youth and Family Services
Community Healthlink provides counseling services, school-based services, intensive home-based services for DCF and DMH involved children, juvenile court clinic, victim services, Together for Kids, early intervention, residential services, CBHI (Mass Health) services including intensive care coordination and family support and training, Youth Mobile Crisis Team, therapeutic mentoring, and in-home therapy. 
Leominster: 100 Erdman Way. 
Worcester: 72 Jacques Avenue. 
508-860-1260
Community Resources for People with Autism
Community Resources for People with Autism provides support, information, and practical help for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families living in Western Massachusetts.  413-529-2428.
Family Support Centers
The Family Support Centers are open to individuals with disabilities and their families who are seeking information, including referral, family training, and parent networking. 
Fitchburg: Seven Hills Foundation, 1460 John Fitch Highway; 978-632-4322.
Worcester: Seven Hills Foundation, 799 West Boylston St; 508-796-1850.
Massachusetts Behavioral Health Access
The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Access (MABHA) website enables users to locate available openings in Intensive Care Coordination (ICC), In-Home Therapy, Therapeutic Mentoring, and In-Home Behavioral Services. 
The website, operated by the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP), is athttp://www.mabhaccess.com/.
Massachusetts Family-to-Family Health Information Center
The Massachusetts Family-to-Family Health Information Center is a parent-run center that provides free, confidential technical assistance to families raising children and youth with special health needs, professionals, and others.
Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
The Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC) is an independent state agency of the Supreme Judicial Court that helps children and adults with mental disabilities protect their rights and obtain appropriate services. MHLAC provides advice and direct legal representation on a wide range of legal issues including access to services, rights regarding treatment, custody and visitation, guardianship, insurance issues, education, housing and rights in institutional and community settings.
Multicultural Family Support Center
The Multicultural Family Support Center is open to individuals with disabilities and their families who are seeking information including referral, family training, and networking. 
Worcester: Centro Las Americas, 11 Sycamore Street; 508-798-1900. 
info@centrolasamericas.org
NAMI Massachusetts Free Mental Health Family Classes
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses that discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope effectively.
Parent/Professional Advocacy League
The Parent/Professional Advocacy League is a statewide network of parents and professionals who advocate on behalf of children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs. PAL provides workshops, trainings, and support groups. 
Worcester: 51 Union Street, Suite 308; 508-767-9725.
info@ppal.net
Pediatric Behavioral Health
Pediatric Behavioral Health is a multi-specialty group practice. Professionals provide evaluations and treatments for children and adolescents with mental health challenges. 
West Boylston: 148 Worcester Street; 508-835-1735.
Together for Kids - Community Healthlink
Together for Kids is a comprehensive mental health prevention and intervention model of services for children 5-13. Program staff in infant, toddler, preschool and after school child care programs licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) are eligible to receive free behavioral health consultation services.
Worcester: 275 Belmont Street, 508-791-3261. 
lhennigan@communityhealthlink.org
Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention - Community Healthlink
Community Healthlink's Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention (YMCI) provides crisis intervention and stabilization services in homes, schools, and other community settings for youth through the age of 20. The YMCI is a team of professionals who will travel to a youth's home, school, residential program, or other community setting to provide on-site evaluation and crisis intervention services. The YMCI's goal is to serve as an intervention tool for youth and families before the child or teen requires emergency room care. 
Worcester: 866-549-2142. 
North Central Worcester County: 800-977-5555.

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