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HOW TO ACCESS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

At Vinfen, many of our Mental Health Services are only available to people who are eligible to receive support through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH). These services include: Residential Services, Employment Services, Behavioral Health Services at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Young Adult Services, and Homeless Services.

To be approved for services through DMH, a person must have a qualifying psychiatric condition as the primary disorder which requires on-going treatment and must meet functional impairment and illness duration criteria. For more information on the criteria that is evaluated for DMH service authorization, click here. To access an application for DMH Service Authorization, please click here. Once a person is authorized for service(s), DMH will then refer the person to services, which may or may not be operated by Vinfen, based on the location, service type, etc. For more information about the DMH Service Authorization Process you can call the DMH Information and Referral Line at 1-800-221-0053 or visit their website.

Some of Vinfen’s Mental Health services are able to be accessed by self-referral. These services include: Clubhouses, Recovery Learning Centers, Behavioral Health Services through People Care Clinic, and HIV Community Outreach Services.

Clubhouses are available to anyone who is eligible to receive services through the DMH. If a person is ineligible for DMH services, they may apply for Clubhouse services directly at the Clubhouse they would like to attend.

All services, groups, classes, and activities at Vinfen’s Recovery Learning Centers are open to people who identify as having a psychiatric condition. Services are free of charge.

Vinfen’s People Care Clinic provides psychiatric outpatient services through a variety of health insurance providers, primarily to Vinfen clients. Private Pay and other funding sources are also possible.

To apply and interview for HIV Community Outreach Services please contact Keith Pratt at 617-522-8057 or prattk@vinfen.org.

For more information about eligibility and services, contact Renee Taylor at 617-441-1894 or taylorr@vinfen.org.