Deaf Respite

Innovative mental health resource providing supports for the Deaf community.

Advocates Deaf Respite Program, the first of its kind in Massachusetts, provides Deaf, Hard-of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind adults experiencing psychiatric crises with access to community-based, short-term support to help them recover and transition back to community living. All aspects of the program are designed first and foremost to meet the cultural, communication, and therapeutic needs of Deaf individuals.

Located in Westborough, the program is staffed entirely by clinicians who are themselves Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing and who have the skills and sensitivity to meet the communication needs of participants in the program. Participants work with staff to access resources and put in place the supports they need to successfully transition back to the community.

Our Deaf Respite Program provides:

  • Personalized treatment to meet each participant's recovery goals
  • A culturally competent and fully accessible environment
  • Community resources
  • Collaboration with current service providers
  • Emergency psychiatric evaluations
  • Medication management

To be eligible, referrals must be:

  • Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind
  • At least 18 years old
  • Must live in Massachusetts

You must complete the referral process below to participate in Advocates Deaf Respite. If you have questions about the referral process, have transportation concerns, or would like to learn more about our Deaf Respite Program, please contact our staff directly.

Download the DMH Respite Referral Procedure >>

Download the DMH Respite Referral Form >>

Download the DMH Relase of Information Form >>

 

Related News/Updates

Deaf Respite Program Recognized at State House

Almost 250 people gathered at the Massachusetts State House on April 14, 2015 for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day.