Alternatives for treatment: Find a treatment center or participate in research studies
Find a Treatment Center
The following web sites provide information about mental health treatment centers in the United States, New England, and Massachusetts.
National Mental Health Information Center
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Web site: www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov (Click on “Services Locator” above U.S. map) This web site offers a Mental Health Services Locator that you can use to find mental health treatment facilities listed by state.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Psychiatry
Phone: To inquire about making a first-time appointment
-- for an adult, call 617-724-7792
-- for a child or adolescent, call 617-726-2725
-- if calling from outside the US, call 617-726-2787
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry provides state- of-the-art evaluation and care for adults and children who have mental health conditions.
Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP)
Phone number for pediatricians only: (617) 724-8282.
MCPAP supports pediatricians in assessing, treating, and finding appropriate support services for children and adolescents who have behavioral health problems. Contact with MCPAP clinicians must be initiated by a pediatrician, and any pediatrician in Massachusetts can participate.
Partners HealthCare System
Web site: www.partners.org
Partners HealthCare System is a health provider network founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, which are teaching sites for Harvard Medical School. Other member hospitals and affiliates include: McLean Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, Faulkner Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Dana Farber/Partners Cancer Care, and Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands.
New England Region
New England Psychologist
Phone: (781) 237-9909
New England Psychologist, a monthly print publication for licensed psychologists in the region, annually compiles a directory of psychiatric hospitals in New England from information provided by hospitals in response to a questionnaire.
Receive Care by Participating in Research
Researchers in the mental health field are constantly conducting new research to advance our knowledge and treatment of mental health conditions. In order to identify promising new treatments, and help people take advantage of new treatment opportunities in a safe and controlled manner, researchers run carefully controlled clinical trials of new medications and treatments.
To find out if you or a loved one is eligible to receive psychiatric care by participating in a research study, visit the following web sites.
Massachusetts General Hospital Research Studies
Pediatric Psychopharmacology (for children and adolescents)
Phone: (617) 726-1731
Web site: http://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/services/pedipsych_home.aspx
This web site lists currently enrolling research studies investigating treatment for children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders; adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other disorders with childhood onset; and high-risk offspring of parents with psychopathology.
The Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit specializes in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders, and adults with ADHD.
Bipolar Clinic & Research Program (BCRP)
Phone: (866) 99-MOODS (866-996-6637)
Web site: www.massgeneral.org/bipolar
This web site lists currently enrolling research studies investigating bipolar disorder causes, course, and treatments. The BCRP is an outpatient clinic that specializes in bipolar disorder evaluation, treatment, and research.
Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Related Disorders
Phone: (617) 726-6944
Web site: www.massgeneral.org/anxiety
This web site lists currently enrolling research studies investigating treatment for anxiety disorders. This program is an outpatient clinic that specializes in the evaluation, treatment, and research of anxiety disorders. The program has web sites for specific anxiety disorders including:
Center for Women’s Mental Health
Phone: (617) 724-7792
Web site: www.womensmentalhealth.org
This web site lists currently enrolling research studies investigating the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function. This Center is an outpatient clinic that specializes in the treatment of psychiatric disorders of women who are pregnant, wish to conceive, or have recently given birth.
AED Pregnancy Registry
Phone: (888) 233-2334
Web site: www2.massgeneral.org/aed/indexmood.htm
The anti-epileptic drug (AED) Pregnancy Registry is a study currently enrolling pregnant women who are taking anti-epileptic medications (also known as anti-convulsant or anti-seizure drugs) for any reason, including mood disorders. The main goal of the Registry is to determine which drugs are safest for use during pregnancy. Participation includes three telephone interviews.
Depression Clinical & Research Program (DCRP)
Phone: (877) 55-BLUES (877-552-5837)
Web site: www.massgeneral.org/depression
This web site lists currently enrolling research studies investigating the causes, course, and treatments of (unipolar) depression. The DCRP is an outpatient clinic that specializes in depression evaluation, treatment, and research.
Gerontology Research Unit
Phone: (617) 726-5571
Web site: http://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/research/researchlab.aspx?id=1146
This web site lists currently enrolling research studies investigating memory disorders in older adults. The Gerontology Research Unit is an outpatient clinic that evaluates and treats individuals with a range of memory disorders.
Massachusetts General Hospital Research Recruitment
Phone: (617) 724-5200
Web site: www.rsvpforhealth.org (click on "Search Open Trials by Therapeutic Area")
This web site lists clinical research trials that are currently enrolling patients at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and other Partners HealthCare System hospitals.
Other Research Studies
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers clinical trials for adults and children at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and at many other locations across the United States. Information on trials recruiting participants is available at www.nimh.nih.gov/studies/index.cfm.
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University offers persons who have had serious psychiatric experiences the opportunity to participate in several different programs designed to support and enhance their personal journey of recovery. These programs vary in length, cost, and commitment, and all have a research component. For information on opportunities to participate in research, visit www.bu.edu/cpr/research/participate/index.html.
Find A Provider
If you think you or someone you love may be suffering from a mental health condition, you may want to visit a mental health professional. For tips about what to look for and what to expect from a mental health professional, you can order a free copy of “Finding a Mental Health Professional: A Personal Guide” from the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance. To order, call (800) 826-3632 or download it by visiting DBSAlliance.org (click on "Empower Yourself" then click on "Finding a Mental Health Professional Brochure").
The organizations below may be able to help you locate a mental health treatment professional.
American Medical Association
Phone: (312) 464-5000
Web site: www.ama-assn.org
Find information about licensed psychiatrists in the U.S. using the “AMA Doctor Finder.”
American Psychiatric Association
Phone: (888) 35-PSYCH
Web site: www.psych.org
Find a licensed psychiatrist in your area using the “APA Answer Center.”
American Psychological Association
Phone: (800) 964-2000
Web site: www.apa.org
Find a licensed psychologist in your area.
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Phone: (240) 485-1001
Web site: www.adaa.org
Find professionals who treat anxiety (including cognitive-behavioral therapists) in your area.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Phone: (212) 647-1890
Web site: www.aabt.org
Find a cognitive-behavioral therapist for the treatment of anxiety in your area.
Best Doctors, Inc.
Phone: (888) 362-8677
Web site: www.bestdoctors.com
Search for a psychiatrist in your area using “Internet Subscription.” Using “FindBestDoc,” get names of psychiatrists in your area whose availability to see new patients has been confirmed.
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
Phone: (800) 826-3632
Web site: www.dbsalliance.org
Find psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals in your community.
National Association of Social Workers
Phone: (202) 408-8600
Web site: www.naswdc.org
Find a social worker who provides mental health services in your area.
Partners HealthCare System
Web site: www.partners.org
Search the Boston-based Partners HealthCare System web site for treatment professionals listed by community and field of practice. Providers are affiliated with the following hospitals: Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, Faulkner Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands.
Web site: www.webmd.com
Search for a psychiatrist in your area using “Find a Doctor.”