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Help with Section 35 petitions

Are you an attorney interested in volunteering to help family and friends dealing with very difficult circumstances?

The Massachusetts Bar Association provides a free Section 35 hotline to help individuals seeking court-ordered inpatient treatment for a family member or friend struggling with addiction. The program, spearheaded by MBA Past President Robert W. Harnais, offers assistance with a state law, known as "Section 35" (Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 123, Section 35), which permits individuals to petition the courts to involuntarily commit substance abusers to an inpatient treatment program when their alcohol or drug use puts themselves or others at risk.

If you are interested in helping hotline callers, please email helpus@massbar.org.