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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 PEER LNE).

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 contact page.
  • 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)