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Assoc. for Behavioral Healthcare Announces New Board Members

FRAMINGHAM — The Assoc. for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH), a statewide, nonprofit organization representing 82 community-based behavioral-health providers, announced the election of 15 executives to its board of directors, including four from Western Mass.

The board members — experienced industry leaders at provider agencies across Massachusetts — play a pivotal role in advocating for solutions to improve and expand access to mental-health and addiction services at a time when workforce challenges are growing.

“Our board is representative of the geographic, cultural, and programmatic diversity of our membership and of behavioral-health services in the Commonwealth,” ABH President and CEO Lydia Conley said. “Their experience, insight and innovation are invaluable as we address the workforce crisis and other issues affecting community-based providers, who are the key to improving and expanding access to care for all who need it.”

Western Mass. members elected to two-year terms include Jim Goodwin, president and CEO, Center for Human Development, Springfield; Christine Macbeth, president and CEO, the Brien Center for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Pittsfield; Lois Nesci, CEO, Gándara Center, Springfield; and Steve Winn, president and CEO, Behavioral Health Network, Springfield.