Learn how and where to get help for someone with a developmental disability.
A developmental disability is a disability which is attributable to intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, and epilepsy. Such conditions must have occurred before age 22 and be considered lifelong in duration. Service eligibility also requires the disability to have serious impact on multiple areas of functioning.
For immediate assistance in all crises:
- Call 911 for emergency services
- Go to the nearest hospital emergency room
Access Crisis Intervention Hotline
Access Crisis Intervention (ACI) hotlines are staffed by mental health professionals who can respond to your crisis 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.
Understanding Mental Illness
The Department of Mental Health works to improve public understanding and attitudes about mental disorders. Below are links to help you understand mental illness in its many forms:
How and Where to Get Help
When not in crisis, help is available over the phone on warm lines and in-person at a local or regional facility.
- Suicide Prevention
- State-Operated Facilities
- Office of Constituent Services (OCS)
- Mental Health Treatment Service Locator
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
Below are resources devoted to better understanding addictions like alcoholism, drug abuse, smoking and gambling and their impact on our lives.