Overview 

Our Mission


Advocates mission is to help people achieve their hopes and dreams within the fabric of their communities. We partner with people with disabilities, elders, and those with other challenges to overcome personal obstacles and societal barriers so that they can obtain and keep homes, engage in work and other meaningful activities, and sustain satisfying relationships. We work to inspire communities to create opportunities for contribution and participation by all.

Who We Are


Founded in 1975 by a group of volunteers providing patient rehabilitation services on the grounds of Westborough State Hospital, Advocates is now one of the largest human services organizations in the state. Today, Advocate employs over 1000 staff members and serves 20,000 individuals at over 100 sites across Eastern and Central Massachusetts.

What We Do


Our commitment to meeting the needs of individuals facing diverse life challenges has given rise to a broad range of community based services, including:
Residential Supports
Outpatient Mental Health
Outpatient Addiction
Psychiatric Emergency Services
Home-Based Services for Children and Families
Community Justice
Advocacy, Benefits and Legal Services
Family Supports
Employment and Vocational Services
Day Habilitation

Who We Serve


Services are designed to meet the unique needs of elders, families and individuals with mental health challenges, addiction, developmental/intellectual disabilities, autism, brain injury and other life challenges. Advocates is a nationally recognized provider for adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome, Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults with disabilities and individuals with developmental and co-occuring mental health needs. Our culturally sensitive programs and supports serve individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.

Advocates' Person-Centered Approach


At the heart of all Advocates services is a commitment to partnering with the individuals we support and, where appropriate, their family members, so that they can lead full and satisfying lives of their own design. We practice a person-centered approach that respects the unique needs, wishes and abilities of each individual.

Our Role in the Community


The work of Advocates extends beyond the walls of our programs and into the heart of the community. Through a range of public lectures, professional trainings, conferences and cultural events, we strive to build strong, inclusive communities that value the contributions of all members.
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Advocates Inc., One Clarks Hill, Suite 305, Framingham, MA 01702
508.628.6300 | VP 774.999.0606 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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Supporting you, your loved ones, your friends, Your neighbors...

 
Advocates provides support services for people with:
  • Mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities or co-occurring mental illness and developmental disability
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Autism and pervasive developmental disabilities
  • Acquired or traumatic brain injury
 
We also provide support services for:
  • Deaf adults with mental illness or a developmental disability
  • Families who are supporting a family member with a disability
  • Elders living in the community who may have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder
  • Adults with a mental health diagnosis in jail or re-entering the community
  • Youth in transition from foster care
  • Individuals and families who are homeless or at risk for homelessness

 

How to access services