More About MBRLC
The MBRLC is made up of financial and non-financial partnerships
throughout Metro Boston. Imagine a wagon wheel with the MBRLC as the
hub, with different resource centers and other programs and services as
the spokes. The entity who has financial oversight is the Boston Medical
Center, recipient of the initial three year RLC contract from the
Department of Mental Health.
Currently the MBRLC has six major services.
We have four Recovery Centers:
These centers offer a dedicated space for peers to drop in and partake
in classes, groups and other activities. Each Recovery Center is a
little bit different: the BRC and the Hope Center offer classes and groups
as well as access to fitness centers; the CSRLC focuses on education,
whereas the PERC focuses on employment.
This is a compassionate telephone support and referral
service staffed by Peer Operators and managed by a Peer Coordinator. Our
support line is accessible through a toll-free number: 877-733-7563 (877
In this program, peers who are clients of a North Suffolk CBFS
team, work in jobs within a supported environment with the goal of
part-time or full-time employment as a next step. Each TE program member
is supported by a Peer Specialist as well as by the TE Coordinator.
Other Partners and Services
- We operate a gift shop, called "Our Shop." We welcome peers to
become Sales Associates to experience retail operation and gain knowledge
in sales and customer service. It is open Monday, Wednesday and
Friday from 11am-2pm. We sell small useful items, fun odds and ends,
jewelry, and photographs, as well as larger donated items on occasion. If you
want to donate an item for the gift shop, contact the manager on our
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – Massachusetts chapter (NAMI-MA). Through NAMI-MA and its local and only peer-run affiliate, NAMI Greater Boston Consumer Advocacy Network, various programs and services are offered. NAMI-MA trains
MBRLC staff in facilitating NAMI Connections Groups. Connections groups
are peer facilitated structured support groups. NAMI also has the In
Our Own Voice (IOOV) outreach and education program, that hires peers to
present their recovery story and discuss there life managing mental
health issues, the challenges and successes.
- The MBRLC also offers the resources of the Jonathan O. Cole, MD, Mental Health Consumer Resource Center (The Cole Center) at McLean Hospital in Belmont. The Cole Center is the
first peer run resource center in the United States. The MBRLC staff
receive consultation on management, strategic planning, project
development and peer-coaching.
Download our MBRLC brochure 5-15-13 (PDF)