Mental Health

  • Commission on Disabilities advocates for the rights and interests of Acton citizens with disabilities and their families, and acts as an educational resource.

  • Eliot Community Human Services provides an integrated and comprehensive network of community-based services to more than 30,000 individuals and families throughout Massachusetts. 

    Services include twenty-four hour psychiatric emergency services and crisis stabilization, individual, group and family outpatient counseling, addiction services, in-home therapy, therapeutic mentoring, and early intervention services for children, and community outreach and case management to individuals with mental illness. Eliot oversees residential programs for young children and adolescents in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, residential treatment programs for youth mandated by the Department of Youth Services, and residential, day, social and vocational programs for adults with mental illness, brain injury and developmental disabilities. 

  • First Connections provides a free weekly Emotional Well-being After Baby support group facilitated by a licensed social worker.

    The group assists moms who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, isolation, or challenges caring for a high-needs baby in the first year of their baby's life.Childcare is provided free of charge for older siblings if needed. This group is located at 179 Great Road, #104A, Acton, which is on the Cross-town Connect bus route. Please email to receive a weekly reminder email for this group, to request assistance with locating a postpartum therapist, or to request a home visit. Lactation consultations are also provided free of charge by emailing

  • Metrowest Behavioral Health Center is an outpatient mental health clinic serving children and adults.

    Clinicians are trained in research-based therapeutic techniques for treating trauma. Parent-Child Therapy, the Pathways to Permanency Program for adoptive and foster parents, as well as the SMART Program and ARC Therapy for children and families are located at 380 Mass. Ave., Acton. Clients with Mass. Health's MBHP insurance are welcome. For more information call 978-264-3500 or visit our website.


  • MetrowestCommunity Based Services are provided in the home and community for children under age 21 who meet the medical necessity criteria for in-home therapy or therapeutic mentoring.

    Services are also provided for youth up to age 22 who may be transitioning from an out-of-home placement to home, or may be at-risk for an out-of-home placement. The goal of all programs is to reduce daily struggles, improve family functioning, stabilize and support families who are living with a child facing the challenges of mental illness. Contact Kate Picariello, 978-263-3427, for more information. Located at 360 Mass. Ave., #201, Acton. 

  • The William James INTERFACE Referral Service is a free, confidential mental health and wellness referral service, available Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free).

    Our community has contracted with INTERFACE to help connect children, adults and families with this mental health and wellness resource Helpline. When you call the INTERFACE referral Helpline, you will be matched with licensed mental health providers from an extensive database. Each referral meets the location, insurance and specialty needs of the caller.