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Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)

Mailing Address:
45 Bromfield St, 10th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Phone: (617) 542-6860
Fax: (617)542-7832

Contact Person: Lisa Lambert

Email:

Web Site: http://www.ppal.net

Population Served:
Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances,Mental Illness/Mental Health

Mission:
The mission of the Parent/Professional Advocacy League is to promote a strong voice for families of children and adolescents with mental health needs. PAL advocates for supports, treatment and policies that enable families to live in their communities in an environment of stability and respect.

Description:
A statewide family-run organization providing hope for children with mental health needs and their families through education, advocacy, outreach and support. PPAL is the only Massachusetts organization representing the interests of families whose children have mental health needs.

Organization role:
• Provide family to family or youth to youth support on an individual family or youth level (e.g., peer-to-peer, family support partners, parent navigators)
• Sponsor/run support groups for families or youth
• Provide education to families or youth on issues of interest
• Provide training and mentoring of family members or youth (e.g., to assume leadership roles, act as provider)
• Provide training and presentations to system of care/child serving agencies or community
• Provide technical assistance (e.g., to other family or youth organizations, child serving agencies)
• Recruit family members or youth for positions within child serving agencies
• Participate in child serving system/system of care policy-making and leadership groups
• Participate in child serving system/system of care management meetings
• Provide advocacy
• Conduct research

Organization type:
• A statewide family-run organization
• A family-run or youth-guided organization with a current or past affiliation with a System of Care Community of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (i.e., CMHS System of Care grant site)

Region(s) served:
• Statewide

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