Monthly Archives: September 2015

MHLD Requests for Appoint of Appellate Counsel

Requests for appointment of appellate counsel in civil commitment, guardianship and substituted judgment cases should be sent to and must include the following:

1. Notice of Appeal
2. Appeal Intake Form  
3. Supporting documentation such as the order, motions and objections

Questions should be addressed to


Family Resource Centers Now Open

The Family Resource Centers (FRCs) of Massachusetts is a statewide network providing community-based, multi-cultural parenting programs, support groups, early childhood services, information and referral resources and education for families whose children range in age from birth to 18. Supported through funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families, a Family Resource Center is located in each of the 14 Massachusetts counties.

The goal of each FRC is to provide information and assistance to families needing access to health, safety, employment training, education and peer support. Through the work of the FRCs families can focus on strengthening their bonds, connecting to others, and engaging in their communities. The core values of the FRCs include: respect, trust, safety, wellness, caring, connectivity, and education. 

Family Resource Centers – locations

For more information, visit the Family Resource Centers website at  

Mandatory Guardianship Training November 13th Registration

The first CPCS guardianship training is scheduled for Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Springfield Technical Community College.  The training is free, but you need to register.  A full description of the event and registration are available using the following link: