Resources for Navigating the Legal System
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Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC) works to protect the rights of people diagnosed with mental health conditions. They provide information, advice, and direct representation on a range of issues related to mental health.

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Disability Law Center

The Disability Law Center provides legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts.

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Health Law Advocates

Health Law Advocates (HLA) is a public interest law firm whose mission is to provide free legal representation to people with limited income who are experiencing difficulty accessing or paying for needed medical services.

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Fair Employment Project

The Fair Employment Project counsels Massachusetts workers with limited income about their rights on the job and the legal process.

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Committee for Public Counsel Services

Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the state’s public defender’s office. They provide representation to people with limited income in criminal, mental health commitment, guardianship, child welfare, and other legal matters.

Mass Legal Service

Mass Legal Services offers resources and information about legal issues facing Massachusetts residents. It can help people with limited income find free legal representation.

Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service helps people find representation for any legal matter they are facing.

Road Map through the Criminal Justice System for Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families

The Road Map through the Criminal Justice System guide helps people understand and navigate the criminal justice system.

Looking for other legal options?

Contact the NAMI Mass COMPASS Helpline. COMPASS is available Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. Call us at 617-704-6264 or email us at compass@namimass.org.

Learn more about the NAMI Mass COMPASS Helpline.