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Category Service Description
Access to Recovery (ATR) ATR Intake
Adult Detox / Acute Treatment Detox Acute treatment services (ATS) programs are medically monitored detoxification (detox) services. Programs provide 24-hour nursing care, under the consultation of a medical director, to monitor an individual's withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs and alleviate symptoms.
Adult Detox / Acute Treatment Detox - Pregnant Acute treatment services (ATS) programs are medically monitored detoxification (detox) services. Programs provide 24-hour nursing care, under the consultation of a medical director, to monitor an individual's withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs and alleviate symptoms.
Adult Detox / Acute Treatment Detox - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Acute treatment services (ATS) programs are medically monitored detoxification (detox) services. Programs provide 24-hour nursing care, under the consultation of a medical director, to monitor an individual's withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs and alleviate symptoms.
Adult Detox / Acute Treatment Section 35 (Civil Commitment) Female Section 35 Treatment Services are acute residential treatment services for court-mandated, civilly-committed individuals which are provided in a secure setting. Massachusetts state law allows for individuals who are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others due to their substance use to be civilly-committed to treatment by a district court for up to 90 days.
Adult Detox / Acute Treatment Section 35 (Civil Commitment) Male Section 35 Treatment Services are acute residential treatment services for court-mandated, civilly-committed individuals which are provided in a secure setting. Massachusetts state law allows for individuals who are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others due to their substance use to be civilly-committed to treatment by a district court for up to 90 days.
Adult Residential / Halfway Houses Family Residential Services Specialized Residential Services for Families (also known as Family Substance Abuse Shelters) provide a safe and supportive treatment environment for homeless families when the caretaking parent(s) has a chronic substance abuse problem. Programs provide shelter, coordination and case management of substance abuse treatment and other services for homeless families in order to support and sustain sobriety. Eligibility: The targeted population is identified as homeless caretaking parents or pregnant women, referred by the Department of Transitional Assistance, who have physical custody of at least one child and who have a chronic substance abuse problem. The Institute for Health and Recovery at (617) 661-7277 coordinates access to these programs.
Adult Residential / Halfway Houses Pregnant & Postpartum Residential Services Community-based women's residential substance abuse treatment programs for pregnant and post-partum women offer linkage to prenatal and pediatric care, obstetrical services, early intervention programs, aftercare treatment and planning, and other services. Women in all trimesters of pregnancy can enter these programs.
Adult Residential / Halfway Houses Recovery Homes for Men Recovery Homes provide a structured, alcohol & drug free environment for individuals recovering from addiction. These programs emphasize recovery and treatment within a structured, therapeutic setting. Residents are encouraged to integrate with the community and to access community resources, including self-help groups and employment.
Adult Residential / Halfway Houses Recovery Homes for Women Recovery Homes provide a structured, alcohol & drug free environment for individuals recovering from addiction. These programs emphasize recovery and treatment within a structured, therapeutic setting. Residents are encouraged to integrate with the community and to access community resources, including self-help groups and employment.
Adult Residential / Halfway Houses Social Model Recovery Homes for Men Social Model programs emphasize a sober living environment, peer counseling and case management. The emphasis of these programs is to assist residents to provide each other with a culture of recovery, support, sharing and positive role modeling. Residents are expected to be involved in the external community (through work, education, volunteer activities, etc.) Eligibility: For all three types of residential services, individuals, eighteen years and older who are in early recovery from alcohol and/or other drug abuse. Priority is given to people with disabilities, cultural and linguistic minorities, homeless individuals, injection drug users, persons involved with the criminal justice system and persons with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. In addition, pregnant women in early recovery who need assistance in developing and maintaining life skills necessary to implement drug-free living are eligible for the programs that offer enhanced services for pregnant and postpartum women and their infants.
Adult Residential / Halfway Houses Social Model Recovery Homes for Women Social Model programs emphasize an alcohol & drug free living environment, peer counseling and case management. The emphasis of these programs is to assist residents to provide each other with a culture of recovery, support, sharing and positive role modeling. Residents are expected to be involved in the external community (through work, education, volunteer activities, etc.).
Adult Residential / Halfway Houses Therapeutic Communities Therapeutic Communities provide a highly structured environment that emphasizes resident treatment and recovery within the parameters of the program structure. The residents take an active role in this mode of treatment helping them to take responsibility and become positive role models.
Adult Short Term Rehab / Stabilization Clinical Stabilization / Step Down Services (CSS) Provides clinical stabilization services for clients leaving detox or stabilization services for clients needing acute treatment but not meeting criteria for medically-necessary detox (ATS) services.
Adult Short Term Rehab / Stabilization Transitional Support Services (TSS) Transitional Support Services (TSS) are short-term residential, support services for clients who need a safe and structured environment to support their recovery process after detoxification. These programs are designed to help those who need services between acute treatment and residential rehabilitation, outpatient or other aftercare. Eligibility: Only those age 18 or older who are referred by a publicly funded ATS (detox) program, a homeless shelter, or homeless outreach worker.
Assessment Opioid Urgent Care Centers
Counseling & Outpatient Services Acupuncture Services Acupuncture and recovery maintenance programs provide services for individuals with histories of substance abuse that require treatment for mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms. Services include limited medical screening and intake, motivational counseling/case management and acupuncture treatments. Eligibility: Open to clients with mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms. Service is not appropriate for clients in need of a medically monitored detox.
Counseling & Outpatient Services Compulsive Gambling Counseling The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is a private, non-profit health agency dedicated to reducing the social, financial and emotional costs of problem gambling.  The Council provides information, prevention, education, advocacy and referral services for problem gamblers, their loved ones and the greater community.
Counseling & Outpatient Services Day Treatment Day Treatment is intensive Outpatient Treatment. Programs provide each client with several hours of counseling per day, up to four days a week including: individual, group and family counseling, relapse prevention, communicable disease prevention, case management, and encouragement of the use of self help groups. Eligibility: Clients must be medically stabilized and require more than once per week counseling to maintain stability.
Counseling & Outpatient Services Outpatient Counseling (Individual / Group / Family) Outpatient Counseling provides treatment for adults and adolescents, their families, and/or their significant others who are affected by the use of alcohol or other drugs. Clients are assisted in gaining and maintaining skills for a substance-free lifestyle. Services include assessment and treatment planning, individual, group, and family counseling.
Domestic Violence Services Certified Batterers Intervention Programs Physical violence is seen as one of many forms of abusive behaviors chosen by batterers to control their intimate partners, including physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and economic abuse. Certified batterer intervention programs hold batterers accountable for the violent and abusive choices they make and are certified and monitored by the Department of Public Health. They teach batterers to recognize how their abuse affects their partners and children and to practice alternatives to abusive behaviors.
Domestic Violence Services Child At Risk
Domestic Violence Services Domestic Violence Safe Homes with Substance Abuse Programs These are residential programs that offer shelter to woman and children experiencing domestic violence coupled with substance abuse treatment and additional support services. Programs also link families with legal and housing advocacy.
Domestic Violence Services Safe Homes & Support Hotline/Helpline Number
Driving Under the Influence D.U.I. 1st Offender Driver Alcohol Education (DAE) programs are available to individuals who agree to alternative sentencing as specified within Massachusetts General Laws for driving under-the-influence. Each DAE program participant is provided with a structured group where they receive educational material to help identify and understand alcohol abuse issues and drinking-and-driving behaviors.The program provides 40 hours of services conducted over 16 weeks and includes an assessment, participation in self-help and victim-impact community meetings.
Driving Under the Influence D.U.I. 2nd Offender Aftercare Considered phase one of the three-phase treatment model, the Second Offender Residential Programs are 14-day residential programs targeted towards individuals convicted of their second driving-under-the-influence offense. These services include: medical evaluation, individual and group counseling, educational sessions including the introduction to self-help, recreation, and assurance that assignment has been made to an approved Second Offender Aftercare Program. Eligibility: Individuals convicted for drunk driving for a second time may choose this option as an alternative to 30 days incarceration. The adjudicating District Court makes all referrals.
Driving Under the Influence D.U.I.L. Residential
Family Services Family Intervention Pilot Programs
Family Services Permanent Housing with Case Management for Families These are permanent housing models offering substance abuse case management for families
Family Services Residential for Pregnant & Post Partum (Women)
Family Services Residential Services for Families Specialized Residential Services for Families (also known as Family Substance Abuse Shelters) provide a safe and supportive treatment environment for homeless families when the caretaking parent(s) has a chronic substance abuse problem. Programs provide shelter, coordination and case management of substance abuse treatment and other services for homeless families in order to support and sustain sobriety. Eligibility: The targeted population is identified as homeless caretaking parents or pregnant women, referred by the Department of Transitional Assistance, who have physical custody of at least one child and who have a chronic substance abuse problem. The Institute for Health and Recovery at (617) 661-7277 coordinates access to these programs.
Family Services Self-Help / Family Recovery Support
Family Services Transitional Housing with Case Management for Families These are temporary housing models offering substance abuse case management for families
Gambling Counseling for Compulsive Gambling
Helpline & Hotline Information Alcohol and Drugs Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Child At Risk Information Hotline/Helpline Number
Helpline & Hotline Information CORI / Legal Issues Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Disability Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Domestic Violence Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Elders Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Food Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Gambling Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information GLBT Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Hepatitis C / Viral Hepatitis Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information HIV / AIDS Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Insurance Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Literature / Printed Materials Info.
Helpline & Hotline Information Medication Information / Assistance
Helpline & Hotline Information Parenting Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Poison Control Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Sexual Assault Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Smoking Cessation Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Suicide Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Teens Helpline & Hotline Information
Helpline & Hotline Information Veterans Helpline & Hotline Information
Housing & Homeless Services Alcohol & Drug Free Housing / Sober Housing These are group residences that offer an alcohol and drug free living environment (often referred to as "sober housing"). Since no treatment is offered at these residences the Department of Public Health does not license, fund, or regulate these group living residences. The Massachusetts Association for Sober Housing certifies all sober homes listed by the Helpline.
Housing & Homeless Services Case Management in Permanent Housing for Families These are permanent housing models offering substance abuse case management for families
Housing & Homeless Services Case Management in Permanent Housing for Individuals These are permanent housing models offering substance abuse case management for individuals
Housing & Homeless Services Case Management in Transitional Housing for Families These are temporary housing models offering substance abuse case management for families
Housing & Homeless Services Case Management in Transitional Housing for Individuals These are temprorary housing models offering substance abuse case management services for individuals.
Housing & Homeless Services Housing with Case Management for Young Adults (18-24 years old) These are permanent and temporary housing programs that offer supportive substance abuse case management to individuals aged 18-24.
Housing & Homeless Services Post Detox / Pre-Recovery (Homeless) Temporary housing programs that offer supportive services for homeless with substance abuse disorders.
Housing & Homeless Services Pre-Recovery/Early Recovery Permanent Housing PDPR is DPH and HUD-funded permanent supportive housing that provides single room occupancy with case management services to individuals in early recovery. These programs will continue working with and housing individuals who may relapse.
Housing & Homeless Services Residential Treatment for Homeless Families Family Residential Treatment Services provide a safe and supportive treatment environment for families when the caretaking parent(s) has a chronic substance abuse problem. Programs provide housing, individual and family treatment and case management of substance abuse treatment and other services for families in order to support and sustain recovery.
Housing & Homeless Services Residential Treatment with Case Management for Homeless Individuals These programs offer housing for individuals who experience chronic homelessness. These programs offer supportive case management to individuals who may need more support around the issue of housing and homelessness.
Housing & Homeless Services Shelters for Individuals
Housing & Homeless Services Transitional Housing with Case Management (for HIV positive women) These transitional housing sites provide individual counseling, substance abuse and relapse prevention counseling, medication managemnt, domestic violence counseling, mental health counseling, case management services and housing search services. Length of stay can be up to 2 years.
Medication Assisted Treatment (Methadone, Suboxone, Vivitrol) Buprenorphine / Suboxone / Office-based Opioid Treatment OBOT (Office-Based Opioid Treatment) programs provide detoxification and maintenance treatment to opioid addicted individuals in an office based setting, usually a physician’s office. Patients receive prescriptions for buprenorphine (Suboxone®), which they fill at local pharmacies and self-administer on a daily basis. Patients are also provided with integrated medical and addiction care that includes medical visits with a Primary Care Physician (PCP), visits with a Registered Nurse skilled in the care of addictive disorders, and counseling sessions with qualified clinicians.
Medication Assisted Treatment (Methadone, Suboxone, Vivitrol) Methadone / Opioid Treatment Opioid Treatment provides medically monitored treatment services for clients who are addicted to opiate drugs such as heroin or pain medications. Services combine medical and pharmacological interventions (such as methadone or buprenorphine) with professional outpatient counseling, education, and vocational services. Services are offered on both a short- and long-term basis.
Medication Assisted Treatment (Methadone, Suboxone, Vivitrol) Vivitrol / Injectable Naltrexone
Mental Health DMH Main Office
Mental Health Emergency / Crisis Intervention
Mental Health Self Help / Recovery Support (Mental Health) Peer-based support where families with similar experiences are involved in mutually supporting one another in coping with a family member or loved one who has a history of addiction.
Prevention & Harm Reduction Drug Free Community Coalitions Originally funded by Congress in 1997, with the understanding that local problems need local solutions, the Drug Free Communities (DFC) program now supports over 700 drug-free community coalitions across the United States. As a cornerstone of ONDCP’s National Drug Control Strategy, DFC provides the funding necessary for communities to identify and respond to local substance use problems
Prevention & Harm Reduction Educational Materials / Printed Information Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse provides free health promotion materials for Massachusetts residents and health and social service providers in the Commonwealth.
Prevention & Harm Reduction Inhalant Abuse Task Force The Massachusetts Inhalant Abuse Task Force was created in 1995 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, to provide parents, teachers, healthcare workers, and other youth-serving professionals with the most up-to-date information available on the prevention of inhalant abuse.
Prevention & Harm Reduction Needle Exchange Programs In addition to the exchange of new syringes for used ones, needle exchange programs offer HIV counseling and testing, referrals to substance abuse treatment, Hepatitis C education, harm reduction strategies, and bleach kits.
Prevention & Harm Reduction Opioid Overdose Prevention / MassCALL2 Programs Programming in 15 high-incidence communities in Massachusetts to do community needs assessments to understand the opioid overdose problem in their area, and to implement evidence-based strategies to address the problem. The goal is to reduce the incidence of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses in each funded community.
Prevention & Harm Reduction Opioid Overdose Prevention / Narcan (Naloxone) Training Narcan is a narcotic antagonist. It works by blocking opiate receptor sites, which reverses or prevents toxic effects (overdose) of narcotic (opioid) analgesics.
Prevention & Harm Reduction Regional Centers for Healthy Communities The Regional Centers for Healthy Communities (RCHCs) help build healthier communities by addressing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention and youth development issues at the local level. Each Center has a Resource Library addressing a broad range of public health issues and providing access to a number of online substance abuse prevention services, as well materials for psycho-educational groups.
Prevention & Harm Reduction Substance Abuse Prevention Programs The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services funds community-based prevention programs that utilize science-based programs/strategies to prevent alcohol, marijuana, and other drug abuse with a particular focus on the under 21 population.
Prevention & Harm Reduction Syringe and Needle Disposal Site Locations to safely dispose of used syringes/needles.
Prevention & Harm Reduction Youth Intervention Programs Youth Intervention Programs address the needs of individuals, families, and communities in the early stages of substance abuse problems. The programs focus on youth/young adults who have actively begun to experiment with drug use and/or who are in a very high-risk environment or situation due to some form of individual or family drug/alcohol involvement.
Recovery Support / Self Help Family Support & 12-Step Groups Peer-based support where families with similar experience are involved in mutually supporting one another's recovery from addiction.
Recovery Support / Self Help Multi Service Recovery Centers Recvoery oriented centers with elements of drop-in-centers, peer and 12-step based support, and additional recovery related supports.
Recovery Support / Self Help Peer Recovery Support Centers (DPH) Recovery support centers are based principally on volunteer work from peers who support one another and who are involved in a participatory process to help build community and help design, plan, facilitate and evaluate activites offered at the centers
Recovery Support / Self Help Professionals & Peer Assistance These are agencies and organizations that help professionals that may be expereincing problems with alcohol or drug use to find support and services.
Recovery Support / Self Help Recovery Community Advocacy & Info Programs listed here offer advocacy and consumer information/education regarding substance abuse related issues and recovery.
Recovery Support / Self Help Recovery High School Recovery High Schools provide young people in recovery from alcohol and drug use with a supportive environment to help them maintain their recovery and complete their education. The schools utilize a maximum student to teacher ratio of 7-1 as well as an extended class day and school year.
Recovery Support / Self Help Regional Learning Communities (DMH) DMH has funded Recovery Learning Communities in all 6 DMH service areas. Regionally located, these peer-operated “hubs” coordinate peer-run peer support, education, advocacy and other regional peer-run activities. By supporting and strengthening a regional peer-run network, DMH aims to promote a system that is increasingly consumer driven, where peers are more fully integrated into their community. Eligibility: Persons who are currently not utilizing, or have difficulty accessing, traditional substance abuse treatment services, and persons with histories of chronic relapse.
Recovery Support / Self Help Self Help & 12-Step Groups Peer-based support where in persons with similar experience are involved in mutually supporting one another's recovery from addiction.
Tobacco / Smoking Cessation Support & Website (Smoking Cessation) This helpline is funded by the Department of Public Health and offers a variety of information and support to persons interested in learning more about stopping smoking.
Training Overdose Prevention / Narcan (Naloxone) Training These programs train opioid users, their families and other potential bystanders on how to prevent and recognize an opioid overdose, and what to do if one occurs. The training covers the importance of calling 9-1-1, how to perform rescue breathing, and how to administer nasal naloxone (Narcan), a medication that reverses an opiate overdose.
Training Training / Technical Assistance for BSAS funded Providers
Training Training for Counselors
Websites & Information CORI / Legal Issues (Web & Info)
Websites & Information Literature / Printed Materials
Websites & Information National / Federal Agencies
Websites & Information Out Of State Agencies
Websites & Information Parents & Family
Websites & Information Recovery Community Advocacy
Websites & Information State Agencies
Youth Related Services Counseling / Outpatient Services for Youth Outpatient programs across the state have been approved as Adolescent Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Providers. These outpatient treatment programs have received training in the GAIN, a nationally recognized model for substance use assessment for adolescents. These sites provide assessment for adolescents requesting residential treatment to determine the most appropriate level of care. These sites also offer individual and group counseling designed for young people.
Youth Related Services Detox / Acute Treatment for Youth Intensive clinical services designed to provide acute care/stabilization services for male and/or female adolescents ages 13-17. Services will provide gender specific medical, psychological, and behavioral stabilization, biopsychosocial assessment, treatment planning, referral to appropriate treatment and support services, and follow-up for the adolescents. The acute medically monitored stabilization (detox) and behavioral stabilization length of stay will be determined based on individual assessment and treatment planning.
Youth Related Services Recovery High Schools for Youth Recovery High Schools provide young people in recovery from alcohol and drug use with a supportive environment to help them maintain their recovery and complete their education. The schools utilize a maximum student to teacher ratio of 7-1 as well as an extended class day and school year.
Youth Related Services Residential Services for Youth The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services funds two youth intervention programs that are designed to intervene with youth who have already begun to use substances and participate in risky behaviors. These programs include activities such as street outreach and youth organizing.
Youth Related Services Short-term Rehab/Stabilization for Youth Intensive clinical services designed to provide acute care/stabilization services for male and/or female adolescents ages 13-17. Services will provide gender specific medical, psychological, and behavioral stabilization, biopsychosocial assessment, treatment planning, referral to appropriate treatment and support services, and follow-up for the adolescents. The acute medically monitored stabilization (detox) and behavioral stabilization length of stay will be determined based on individual assessment and treatment planning.
Youth Related Services Youth Intervention Youth Intervention Programs address the needs of individuals, families, and communities in the early stages of substance abuse problems. The programs focus on youth/young adults who have actively begun to experiment with drug use and/or who are in a very high-risk environment or situation due to some form of individual or family drug/alcohol involvement.
Disclaimer: Programs and information found at this site are provided solely as a service to our users. Programs listings here do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations or their programs by Health Resources in Action (HRiA) or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), and none should be inferred. HRiA and MDPH are not responsible for the content of the individual organizations web pages found at these links.

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