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Mental health referral service expands to Plymouth

A regional service that helps residents locate mental health care is expanding to Plymouth.

The William James College’s INTERFACE Referral Service, which has served nine communities south of Boston the past two years, added Plymouth to its area network in a recent kickoff event. Its other communities are Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, and Scituate.

“We are excited to have INTERFACE expand to Plymouth so our neighbors can access the right care for themselves and their family members,” state Representative Mathew Muratore, a Plymouth Republican, said in a statement.

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Statewide, INTERFACE serves nearly 40 communities through a free helpline that connects callers to mental health services based on their location, needs, and insurance.

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Plymouth county lawmakers teamed up to secure $100,000 in each of the last two fiscal year state budgets to fund the program. They were able to earmark the same amount in this year’s budget, but were able to add Plymouth because Scituate chose to fund its own costs, according to state Representative James Cantwell, a Marshfield Democrat.

Cantwell said there are some concerns that the state funding is at risk of being included in mid-year cuts that Governor Charles Baker is considering, but he is “cautiously optimistic the program will continue to provide its much-needed services.”

John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler-co@globe.com.