Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Section 12 Law - Act to Improve Emergency Access to Mental Health Services
House Bill 4681, an Act to Improve Emergency Access to Mental Health Services (Section 12 Law) was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Patrick. As of November 8, 2010, LICSWs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be authorized to sign a Section 12(a), known as a "pink paper.” A pink paper is the mechanism by which a LICSW moves to hospitalize an individual believed to meet the criteria for civil commitment. A LICSW may order that a mentally ill individual be restrained and taken to a hospital in the belief that failure to hospitalize would create a likelihood of serious harm by reason of mental illness.
Examples of situations where a Section 12 might be appropriate include:
- Markedly impaired judgment due to mental illness to such an extent that a person is unable to protect himself/herself.
Mental Health Crisis Resources
South Bay Community Services
South Bay Community Services is a community-based, behavioral health care organization offering a continuum of services including adult behavioral health, substance abuse counseling, children’s behavioral health, day services, autism services and early childhood services.
Working collaboratively, South Bay Community Services helps individuals and families become more self-sufficient and lead fulfilling, productive lives by:
- Delivering a full range of resources, staff and programs
- Helping people build meaningful relationships in the community
- Responding quickly to the needs of individuals and families while working efficiently to create a plan of action
- Focusing on achieving the best possible results in all aspects of behavioral healthcare, from quality of care to operations and third-party reimbursement
- Ensuring the growth, stability and well-being of children and families during the early years of development
South Bay Community Services offers a Mental Health Clinic as well as an Early Childhood Clinic.
Lawrence Mental Health Clinic
360 Merrimack Street
Lawrence MA 01843
Lawrence Early Childhood Services
370 Merrimack Street
Lawrence MA 01843
- 12 Methuen Street, Lawrence MA, 01840
- Office Crisis Evaluations
- Hospital Crisis Evaluations (at LGH)
- Mobile Crisis Evaluations (at client’s home)
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- 430 North Canal Street Lawrence, MA
- Local: (978) 327.6607
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Parent Support Groups
- Phil Lahey (978) 886.2949
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- David Coughlin - 508-404-4153
- Peer Recovery Specialist - 508-801-3247
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