Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Section 12 Law - Act to Improve Emergency Access to Mental Health Services
House Bill 4681, an Act to Improve Emergency Access to Mental Health Services (Section 12 Law) was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Patrick. As of November 8, 2010, LICSWs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be authorized to sign a Section 12(a), known as a "pink paper.” A pink paper is the mechanism by which a LICSW moves to hospitalize an individual believed to meet the criteria for civil commitment. A LICSW may order that a mentally ill individual be restrained and taken to a hospital in the belief that failure to hospitalize would create a likelihood of serious harm by reason of mental illness.
Examples of situations where a Section 12 might be appropriate include:
- Markedly impaired judgment due to mental illness to such an extent that a person is unable to protect himself/herself.
Mental Health Crisis Resources
- 12 Methuen Street, Lawrence MA, 01840
- Office Crisis Evaluations
- Hospital Crisis Evaluations (at LGH)
- Mobile Crisis Evaluations (at client’s home)
- On-Site CCS (Community Clinical Stabilization – Short-term Respite)
- 430 North Canal Street Lawrence, MA
- Local: (978) 327.6607
- Toll Free: 1(866) 912.4673
Parent Support Groups
- Phil Lahey (978) 886.2949
- Monday’s 6:30pm at Methuen Police Station