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Important Information About Behavioral Health Services for Children with Commercial Insurance

Starting on July 1, 2019 commercial insurance plans in Massachusetts must cover certain outpatient and intermediate care behavioral health services for children when medically necessary. What are outpatient and intermediate care behavioral health services? Outpatient behavioral health services are services delivered in a community-based setting, like a clinic, school, or home, that help diagnose or…

COMPASS Orientation for Future Volunteers

Thinking about volunteering with the COMPASS Resource Helpline? Join us for a volunteer orientation to learn more! Monday, June 17th 10 – 11 am NAMI Mass office in Charlestown (the office is a short walk from Sullivan Square on the Orange Line, and free parking is available) RSVP by June 14th: email us at compass@namimass.org

Mental Health Treatment Denied to Customers by Giant Insurer’s Policies, Judge Rules

In a scathing decision released Tuesday, a federal judge in Northern California ruled that a unit of UnitedHealth Group, the giant health insurer, had created internal policies aimed at effectively discriminating against patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders to save money. U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero found that United Behavioral Health,…

State expands treatment for people with both addiction and mental illness

Massachusetts health officials are significantly expanding addiction treatment, adding nearly 400 long-term recovery beds devoted to people who suffer from both addiction and mental illness. The recent move aims to address a major failing of the current system: Addiction programs typically lack the expertise to also treat the depression, anxiety, and trauma that often underlie…