Current Reports

PPAL Pop Up Surveys

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PPAL has created series of pop up surveys which are short surveys available for a short time.  Each survey revisits topics important to families.

Stigma: What Families Say
We’ve asked parents questions about stigma in surveys over the years.  Even when we didn’t ask, they told us how stigma has impacted their lives.  This survey revisits past questions about stigma — and asks some new ones.

Read Stigma: What Families Say here

Medications & Choices — Take 2
In 2006, there was a lot of furor about medications and kids.  So PPAL asked the real experts — families — what they thought.  Medications & Choices — Take 2 revisits this topic 10 years later.

Read Medications & Choices — Take 2 here

Speak Out for Access — Take 2
In 2001, PPAL and Health Care for All asked families about their challenges with accessing care. “Speak Out for Access — Take 2” revisits this topic 15 years later.

Read Speak Out for Access — Take 2 here


Using 51As When There Are Child Mental Health Disagreements with Families
Families report that when emergency rooms are full and waits are long, they might be threatened with a 51A (charge of abuse/neglect) if they disagree with a clinician.  In a 2017 survey, PPAL found that that discussing or filing a 51A when a child is in psychiatric crisis occurs across the state.  This can have a lasting impact on future crises.

Read Using 51As When There Are Child Mental Health Disagreements with Families here

Bridging the Divide: The Struggle for Youth and Young Adults with Co-occurring Disorders in Massachusetts
Although research shows that more than 70% of youth and young adults with addiction disorders have a co-occurring mental health disorder, Massachusetts offers limited services for youth and young adults with co-occurring disorders.  PPAL and MOAR (Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery) held 11 listening sessions across Massachusetts to hear from youth and their families what issues they face in seeking services for co-occurring disorders.  Overwhelmingly, youth and young adults and their families reported a lack of available resources and services designed for youth and expressed the need for additional training for service providers, school personnel, families and youth themselves.

Read Bridging the Divide here