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Tips and Resources

How do I find a mental health professional to work with me or my child?

It is true that COVID-19 has exasperated a shortage of mental health professionals. That does not mean you won’t find one, but you will have to be persistent and perhaps ask for help. Start by reviewing these tips and resources.

Tips:

  1. Try to be flexible with the timing of appointments.

  2. Consider telehealth. Many professionals offer telehealth appointments and this can expand your search.

  3. If it seems overwhelming, just try to make one phone call a day. Don’t give up.

  4. For more information about finding the right professional to work with your child: https://childmind.org/article/how-to-find-a-childrens-mental-health-professional/

Steps to finding a mental health professional:

  1. Ask your primary care provider.Or if you are looking for services for a child, start with their pediatrician. They know you or your child best.

  2. Reach out to your insurance company. Most have referral services built right into their websites.

  3. Reach out to the school adjustment counselors.

  4. Ask friends for referrals.

  5. The Milton Coalition website has listings for mental health and behavioral health. www.milton-coalition.org


Resources

Therapy Matcher provides free, personalized, and confidential referrals to licensed independent clinical social workers across Massachusetts. It is a public service of the MA Chapter of National Association of Social Workers. There are 3 ways you can contact Therapy Matcher:

  1. Call 617-720-2828 or 800-242-9794
  2. Email info@therapymatcher.org
  3. Fill out online form here: https://therapymatcher.org/contact


Compass Helpline. The Compass Helpline at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Massachusetts provides free information, ideas, resources, and support to help people across the state navigate the complex mental health system and related systems of care. Compass is staffed by people with first-hand experience navigating the mental health system for themselves or a family member.

call us at 617-704-6264 or 1-800-370-9085
email us
at compass@namimass.org
learn more or schedule a call with us https://namimass.org/nami-mass-compass-helpline/#expect

Available Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm


Aspire Health Alliance provides services for children, teens and adults experiencing emotional problems, behavioral issues, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders.

www.aspirehealthalliance.org

Counseling intake: 877-382-1609

Crisis Line: 877-382-1609

Aspire Health Alliance’s Emergency Services Program (ESP) provides in-home, community, and hospital ER-based services to children, teens, and adults who are at risk of harming themselves or others. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ESP’s master’s level clinicians provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment to support and stabilize clients while transitioning them to the appropriate level of care within the community.


New Directions Counseling Center, run by Interfaith Social Services and located in Quincy. NDCC provides counseling for all ages on a sliding scale if needed. Evening hours are available. Calls are returned promptly and they schedule an initial appointment within 2 weeks.

  1. Call 617-773-6203, ext. 12 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
  2. For more information: https://interfaithsocialservices.org/new-directions-counseling-center/


Quincy Family Resource Center

QFRC provides community-based, multi-cultural, support groups, parenting programs, assessment services, information and referral resources to community-based mental health services, and education for families whose children range in age from birth to 18. Serves all of Norfolk County. Call 617-481-7227 ext. 193 or 617-471-8400 ext. 100


Quincy (including Milton) Family Resource Center serving Norfolk County and the South Shore has just released their free events and Educational Support Groups for the new year. For a list of groups offered visit Quincy Family Resource Center


QFRC is offering two upcoming parenting groups

Parenting Journey— Parenting is a journey in which all parents need support and guidance. Connect with other parents during guided discussions that will help develop knowledge and skills that support you as a parent and role model. This group will be hosted and facilitated at the QFRC (1120 Hancock Street, First Floor, Quincy) and begins April 21st and runs through July 7th. Registration is required. For more information contact Robyn Dunphy at or rdunphy@baystatecs.org 617-481-7227 ext.141.

Nurturing Your Parenting Skills Spring Session - Learn age appropriate expectations for your child, behavioral management, discipline techniques and appropriate consequences in this group . Spring Session May 2022—This group will begin May 12th and runs through June 30th, via Zoom from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Registration is required. For more information, please reach out to Kelly Heffernan at kheffernan@baystatecs.org or at 617-481-7227 x 155.

All services and groups at the QFRC are free of charge.

Food Assistance Resources

The Milton Community Food Pantry wants families to know that in addition to the regular monthly free vouchers for milk and eggs from the Milton Food Mart, and bags of groceries, they have also recently approved the distribution of $25 grocery gift cards each month to families to buy additional fresh fruits and vegetables. Please help spread the word to any individual or family that needs assistance stretching their budget. The Milton Community Food Pantry located in the Parkway Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hills Parkway is open every other Saturday from 9:15 - 11:15am (specific dates are listed below) with pre-bagged food ready to go for anyone that is in need. The food pantry is currently not accepting food donations but monetary contributions can be made online at their website or mailed to Milton Community Food Pantry, 158 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton, MA 02186.


2022 Pantry Open Dates

February 5, 2022

February 19, 2022

March 5, 2022

March 19, 2022

April 2, 2022

April 23, 2022

May 7, 2022

May 21, 2022

June 4, 2022

June 18, 2022



Interfaith Social Services Pantry Shelf provides fresh, healthy food to their client families. Interfaith Social Services is located at 105 Adams St., Quincy and is open Monday – Friday from 10-11:45am and Wednesdays from 5-7pm. For pick up directions and guidelines please click on the link above.


Project Bread Making food accessible for families in Massachusetts. For details or access to their food resource hotline please click on the link above.


Brookwood Community Farm will soon be accepting applications for SNAP CSA fall shares. If you would like to use your SNAP benefits, please fill out the CSA SNAP FORM 2021. Any questions can be directed to president@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org or call the farm phone which is 339-502-0826.


SNAP Food Assistance What is SNAP Food Assistance? SNAP, The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps), gives individuals and families money to buy food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and certain farmers’ markets. You have the right to apply for SNAP anytime you need help. If you have lost hours or your job due to COVID-19, if you were laid off or lost income and need help putting food on the table, SNAP food Assistance is there to help you. To visit the SNAP website to learn if your family is eligible and how to apply click on the link above.

Resources for families with young children

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA) is a community-wide group that seeks to support families and children and to expand access to affordable, high quality early childhood care and education. MECA offers a variety of programming including preschool and toddler playgroups. For information on programs and resources see their latest newsletter or visit their home page.

Contact Info: Susan L. Dolan, Director - email: cpcmecasld@verizon.net, telephone: 617-696-2262. They can also be found on Facebook & Instagram at: Milton Early Childhood Alliance.


Winter Fuel Assistance Resources

QCAP (Quincy Community Action Program) serving Milton families has begun their Winter Fuel Assistance Application process. For applications and more details please visit QCAP Fuel Assistance Program or call QCAP with Questions: 617-657-5301 or email fuelassistance@qcap.org 1509 Hancock Street, 4th Floor Quincy, MA 02169

Click here for income eligibility information.


State of Massachusetts Winter 2022 Fuel Assistance Information


For families that have depleted their fuel assistance, but still are in need of a tank of winter heating oil or for those who may be just over the income eligibility requirements please reach out to Noreen Kearney Dolan at the Milton Residents Fund by phone at (617) 696-1214 or by email at miltonresidentsfund@gmail.com. Those with gas or electric shutoff notices are also encouraged to call.

Support and Resources for Grandparents raising Grandchildren

If you are raising your grandchild(ren) and need a support group or are looking for resources visit the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. The commission mission is to be a resource to the Commonwealth on issues affecting grandparents raising grandchildren, and relatives, other than parents, raising kin.

Commission Events

Grief Counseling


Joanna’s Place


Joanna’s Place is a non-profit organization serving South Shore families, dedicated to promoting resilience in children who are facing some of life’s most stressful events. Joanna’s Place provides free tools, support and resources to heal, to grow and strengthen families.


"How children process and understand stressful situations changes at different developmental stages. Joanna's Place helps parents and families acquire the skills necessary to help children at each age and stage of development." Services include Circle G support group, a program for children and adolescents ages 6-18 and their parents, facing a loss of a parent or sibling. A Typical Sibling program, See Me, Too, designed for school personnel, service providers, or parent groups focuses on understanding the needs of children who have a brother or sister with a significant special need. In addition Joanna's Place offers Talking Points Consultations. This valuable service is "a free, time-sensitive consultation for parents when their child is facing any stressful event from moving, divorce, to a life-changing diagnosis. The need for expert help is universal. The consultation is often done by phone and serves parents of any age child."

Hotlines and Helplines

Hotlines and Helplines- The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has produced a page of Hotlines and Helplines to assist Milton children and youth, and their families who are looking for assistance.

MPS Family Resource Guide

For a more indepth list of ongoing resources please visit Milton Public School Resource Guide

MPS Family Liaison

Milton Public Schools is committed to being a resource for you. Whether you are unsure of how to connect with school staff or directly need a referral for services or supplies please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.