Referrals for Mental Health Services

Referrals for Mental Health Services

Effective therapeutic intervention can help address the immediate and long-term adverse social, emotional, developmental, and health outcomes that victims of child abuse and exploitation may suffer.  Family members also may benefit from mental health services so they have the capacity to support the child's recovery, provide ongoing protection, and address the stress the entire family may experiences following a child's disclosure of abuse.

The Middlesex CAC encourages all victims and non-offending family members to seek trauma-focused, evidence supported mental health treatment services.  The victim witness advocate will provide you with a list of referrals tailored to your clinical, financial, geographic, linguistic, and cultural needs.  The VWA also can assist you apply for the Victim Compensation Fund that may reimburse you for out-of-pocket crime-related expenses, including mental health treatment.

Click on a button below for a list of referrals for mental health services in your community.


Arbour Counseling Services
10 Bridge Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Services available in English & Spanish
For all ages. Provides evaluation, crisis stabilization, & treatment for patients with mental illness, dual diagnosis & addictions

The Centre for Hope and Healing
144 Merrimack Street, Suite 304, Lowell, MA 01852
24-hour hotline: 800.542.5212
All services are free
Services available in English, Spanish, Khmer & Portuguese
Counseling, medical advocacy, legal services, groups for women, adolescents, men & LGBTQ

Center for Family Development
45 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01853
Diagnostic evaluations, individual family & couples therapy, psychiatric assessments & psychological testing

Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell
99 Church Street, Lowell, MA 01852
978.937.3000 Intake: 978.452.1015
Services provided in English, Spanish & Portuguese


Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
24-hour Hotline: 800.841.8371
All services are free; VOCA-funded
Services available in English, Spanish & Haitian Creole
Counseling, medical advocacy, legal services, groups & case management for ages 12+

Victims of Violence Program
Cambridge Health Alliance
26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143
After hours and urgent matters: 1-877-785-2020
All services are free; VOCA-funded
Services available in multiple languages
For all ages. Provides child & adolescent outpatient psychiatry. Comprehensive mental health services for crime victims and crime victimized communities. Adult outpatient trauma clinic.

Group therapy available for adult survivors of childhood abuse & domestic violence. Groups also available for parents, partners, siblings & children of murdered family members.

*Multiple locations also available

The Guidance Center
5 Sacramento Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
617.354.2275 Referral Line: 617-284-5131
Services available in English & Spanish
* 3 locations--call main reception for call to be directed to appropriate service


Advocates Community Counseling
27 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA 01702
Crisis line: 800- 640-5432
Services available in English, Spanish & Portuguese

Children's Charter Trauma Clinic
77 Rumford Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453
781.894.4307 (Intake ext. 20)
Accepts MA Victims of Violent Crime Compensation, MassHealth, Blue Cross & select private insurances. Limited self-pay program available.
Services available in English & Spanish
Trauma, sex abuse, juvenile offender, parenting & comprehensive family evaluations. Risk assessments, psychological testing, play, art, individual, family & group therapy

Framingham Psychiatric Counseling Associates
63 Fountain Street, Suite 402, Framingham, MA 01702
* Not all clinicians are providers for all insurance

Elliot Community Health Center
186 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA 02420
Crisis Services: 800-988-1111
MassHealth & most private insurance plans. A sliding fee scale is available for those who do not have insurance
Services available in English, Spanish & Haitian Creole
24/7 psychiatric emergency services, crisis stabilization, addiction services, in-home therapy, therapeutic mentoring, early intervention services for children, community outreach, case management & residential

Wayside Youth and Family Support Network
75 Fountain Street
Framingham, MA 01702
24 Hour Confidential Hotline 800-511-5070
Trauma services are free. Accepts MA Victims of Violent Crime Compensation. Fee for other services
*8 locations. Please call main office.


Casa Myrna- SafeLink
PO Box 180019, Boston, MA 02118
SafeLink Hotline: 877.785.2020
All services are free
Services available in more than 130 languages
Statewide 24/7 domestic violence hotline

Massachusetts General Hospital- Department of Psychiatry
55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114
Child Intake – 617.726.2725
Children and the Law – 617.585.7440
Must be within MassGeneral’s catchment
Must be referred by primary care physician or MassGeneral specialist

Center for Effective Child Therapy
53 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02120
617.278.4288 Intake: 617.278.4288
Does not work directly with insurance
Provides behavioral parent training to parents with children 2-19 years of age showing oppositional behaviors

Riverside Trauma Center
255 Highland Avenue, Needham
781.433.0672 Intake: 781.433.0672
Trauma Centre 24/7 line: 888.851.2451
No fee for Trauma Services

Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI)
989 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215-1308
Services provided in English & Spanish.
For Spanish, call Catalina Perez at 857.334.4522.
Short-term trauma intervention for child abuse victims ages 7-18 & their caregivers. Services provided by CAC.

Statewide Centralized Referral System

Child Trauma Training Center (CTTC)
Centralized Referral System

A statewide resource that links families directly with specialized trauma services from list of agencies trained in specific trauma treatment models.
Can make referrals to treatment for ages 0-18. Treatments include Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency