If I am sure that my child
is not at immediate risk, what can I do to get help?
teen may not be at immediate risk, his behavior, mood, social relationships,
or school functioning may indicate signs of emotional distress or substance abuse.
Let your teen know about your worries and that you will be getting professional
help from someone with whom you both will feel comfortable. In
addition to seeking help from the sources listed below, it may
also be helpful for parents to talk over their concerns with a
trusted medical provider, school staff, pastoral representative,
or friend for support and perspective.
Referrals to Counseling and Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Counseling for youth and family can be secured by contacting
the following resources:
- Riverside Mental Health Center, 617 969 4925,
is a private, not-for-profit agency which provides counseling
and psychiatry as well as a range of other services to Needham
residents. There is an intake process and there may be a waiting
list. Riverside bills insurance and, once the insurance benefit
is used up, the clients.
- Primary Care Medical Providers have networks
of mental health providers to whom referrals are regularly made.
- Needham Youth Commission, Jon Mattleman, Director,
781 455 7518 provides information, counseling and referrals for
Needham youth and families.
- Needham Public School’s Guidance Department (or
private school's counseling/guidance department) will help you
make a referral for your teen and provide support in school.
Contact your child’s assigned counselor. If you do not
have a name, contact Tom Denton, Director of Guidance, Needham,
781 455- 0800 x2130 for information.
- Other options: Local private practice professionals
and outpatient psychiatry departments such as those at Children’s
Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
or psychotherapist should be licensed by the state of Massachusetts
and can be trained in disciplines including psychology, social
work, and psychiatric nursing. These practitioners can have areas
of specialization. Interview a prospective therapist to find out
about their practice and to determine whether he/she is the right
fit for you and your child.
Help Navigating the System
comprehensive resource for children’s mental health can be
found at www.childrenshospital.org/mentalhealthguide. If
you would like some support or advice navigating the children’s
mental health system, you can call the PAL’s (
Parent Professional Advocacy League) PRN help line. 1-866-815-8122. If
you believe that your insurance company is not providing care that
it should or that you are not able to access eligibility for services
from public agencies such as the Department of Mental Health, the Health
Law Advocates 617-338-5241 provides
free advocacy within certain income guidelines and referrals to
skilled attorneys for families with greater resources.