Resources for Parents

  • Parent Information Network--PIN

    The Parent Information Network (PIN) is a parent information, support, and advocacy program designed by parents and professionals to help families who have children with serious emotional, behavioral, and/or mental health challenges. PIN helps parents and caregivers stay connected with other parents to help reduce the stress and isolation many feel as they cope with raising a child with mental health needs.

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  • Children's Behavioral Health Initiative

    CBHI is an interagency initiative of the Commonwealth's Executive Office of Health and Human Services whose mission is to strengthen, expand and integrate Massachusetts state services into a comprehensive, community-based system of care, to ensure that families and their children with significant behavioral, emotional and mental health needs obtain the services necessary for success in home, school and community.

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  • Mental Health Terms & Abbreviations

    A list of abbreviations and acronyms in the mental health field.

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  • How to choose a therapist for your child

    Sometimes kids, like adults, can benefit from therapy. Therapy can help kids develop problem-solving skills and also teach them the value of seeking help. Therapists can help kids and families cope with stress and a variety of emotional and behavioral issues.

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  • COPING: You are not alone!

    It is important for you to learn how to deal with your family member's illness, so that you can keep yourself as healthy and happy as possible. This Web site offers many coping skills geared especially toward youth, and will tell you about resources available for you and your peers.

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  • Understanding Special Education and the IEP

    This IEP parent support website focuses onproviding clear information regarding special education services and the IEP process

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  • National Center for Learning Disabilities

    The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) team envisions a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life. Learn more about our credo, programs, events, and more below.

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  • Where Mental Health brings you as a Parent

    Family TIES of Massachusetts is a project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs,with funding from and in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition, Division for Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special HealthNeeds.

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  • Health Insurance Coverage

    Insurance coverage is very complicated and most time coverage depends on what your plan covers. We cannot detail all the coverage on this website. It is best to check with your insurance company to learn the particulars of your coverage. Also check with the Mental Health Provider for specific information on what insurances they accept.

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  • Pilgrim Area Collaborative - PAC

    The Pilgrim Area Collaborative (PAC) was established in 1976 to provide individualized educational services to children, ages 3-22, with significant learning challenges whose needs for support could not be met within their home school districts. PAC is one of 30 educational collaboratives in Massachusetts and provides programs and services to students & families from 32 communities from the South Shore & Cape Cod. Children are referred to PAC by their local school districts.

    PAC students are educated primarily in substantially separate classrooms located in age-appropriate public schools within member school districts. PAC students are provided opportunities to be included within typical education classes and activities as appropriate, and to be active participants in the school community, as well as the local municipality.

    PAC also extends its services to home and community through its Pilgrim Area Collaborative Extended Services (PACES) program, through home consulting and training for parents and students, consulting to professional staff in school districts and offering professional development to districts. In addition, PAC runs extended day and extended year (summer) programs.

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