Legal and Advocacy Resources

mother with child obtaining legal adviceMassachusetts Advocates for Children is a leader is special education advocacy, autism and educational advocacy. Priorities include children with disabilities, homeless children, children suspended or expelled from school or children traumatized by adverse experiences.

Disability Law Center provides legal advocacy on disability issues, including mental health. Priority areas include access, special education, health care and benefits.

Center for Public Representation works to improve the lives of people with mental illness. While much of their work focuses on systemic reform, families involved with CBHI services can access legal counsel.

Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts provides legal assistance to low income children in eastern Massachusetts around education, children aging out of care, emancipation and immigration. The helpline offers information and referral.

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee helps children and adults with mental disabilities protect their rights and obtain needed services.

Office of the Child Advocate was created to ensure that children involved with child welfare or juvenile justice receive appropriate and effective services.

Special Needs Advocacy Network provides resources and a directory of special education advocates and attorneys.

Office of Patient Protection was established to help those with private insurance who have questions or problems obtaining services.

Health Law Advocates provides free legal services to lower-income families unable to access mental health care, and other types of health care, for children and other family members. HLA specializes in addressing difficulties with health insurance coverage.

The Youth Advocacy Division (YAD) ensures that every child from an indigent family in Massachusetts has access to zealous legal representation that incorporates a Youth Development Approach, resulting in fair treatment in court.