Inside Track

Our children’s mental health system had gaps and flaws before the pandemic. COVID-19 only made things worse. However, there are growing efforts to make improvements in schools, insurance, crisis care and family support.

Please join us at the Inside Track, a PPAL briefing and networking meeting to get updated on new and current resources, news, legislative changes and advocacy efforts that affect children, youth and families.

January 2023

Slides from January 2023


Networking Resources

September 2022

Slides from September 2022


Community Updates:

  • DMH Program for Acute Community Treatment (PACT) for Youth
  • FAMILIES NEEDED to speak to the following media about various Behavioral Health topics:
    • Boston Magazine, CBS News, WBUR, Boston Children's Hospital Behavioral Health Summit (in-person event)
    • Interested? contact:
  • Restraint and Seclusion Update–

Juvenile Justice Updates:

Policy Updates

  • ABC Mental Health Omnibus Bill
    • Online Portal to track BH Boarding and available beds (Session Law– Acts of 2022 Chapter 177- AN ACT ADDRESSING BARRIERS TO CARE FOR MENTAL HEALTH, SECTION 2, Section 16P) 
    • Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Program (Session Law– Acts of 2022 Chapter 177- AN ACT ADDRESSING BARRIERS TO CARE FOR MENTAL HEALTH, SECTION 4, Section 16FF)




Job Openings:

PPAL Events:

July 2022

Slides from July 2022


Supporting Students with Disabilities and Avoiding the Discriminatory Use of Student Discipline under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, July 2022:

988 resources:

Current Bills discussed:

DMH Community and School Therapeutic Support – Family Support

Networking Resources

Community resources: 

Project Bread: Free Meals For Kids in MA

Boston Public Schools Accessing MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT During Summer Break factsheet

Hand Hold MA


Karaya Peer Respite

Afiya Peer Respite


NAMI’s "Meet Little Monster" Children’s Mental Health Coloring & Activity Book

DMH’s Different Kinds of Hurt: Isaac’s Story

Wendy O’Leary’s THE MONSTER PARADE and other books

Job openings:

More Than Words Job Openings

Boston Public Schools Job Openings

The Support Network / Consortium Job Openings

PPAL Job Openings

Support Groups/ Trainings:

Autism Support Group Every Wednesday.

Youth Move MA Virtual Youth Group every first Tuesday of the month from 5:00pm-6:30pm-- email

Sibling support group–  

PPAL Events, Workshop and Parent Support Calendar: