Behavioral Health Network Named Among Top Places to Work in Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD — Behavioral Health Network Inc. (BHN) has been named one of the Boston Globe’s “2023 Top Places to Work in Massachusetts.” BHN has earned this designation for two consecutive years and is ranked 21st on the list of 25 companies in the largest company category. BHN is one of only two companies based in Western Mass. on the list.

BHN was also awarded recognition as a “Top Workplace for DE&I Practices 2023,” which recognizes a commitment shared throughout all levels of the organization to prioritizing a welcoming and inclusive culture, no matter one’s background.

The Top Workplace recognition is based on anonymous employee surveys that measure opinions about their company’s direction, execution, connection, management, work, pay and benefits, and engagement. Overall, more than 137,000 employees at 347 organizations completed surveys in Massachusetts.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a Top Workplace again this year, and being recognized for DE&I practices is particularly rewarding,” said Steve Winn, president and CEO of BHN. “Our commitment to social-justice values at BHN is strong, and the work of infusing the five pillars of social justice into all aspects of operations and culture is ongoing. Our highest priorities are providing high-quality care and supporting all aspects of our staff’s well-being. Receiving this award motivates us to continue ensuring that BHN staff continue to feel valued, respected, and appreciated.”

BHN employs more than 2,400 employees across Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire, and Suffolk counties. The organization serves 40,000 individuals annually with life challenges due to mental illness, substance-use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

BHN offers comprehensive benefits for its employees and is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, seeking to eliminate social and economic inequities. In 2022, BHN launched the Katherine B. Wilson Staff Excellence Fund, which supports the career and development of its workforce by providing funds for license-preparation courses and fees, forgivable loans for tuition costs, community-college courses and certificate programs, and online and live trainings.

As part of BHN’s commitment to social justice, the Career Pathways program was launched in 2023. By offering structured career-development plans, this program helps break down barriers to advancement and fosters a culture of inclusivity and equal opportunity. The goal is to attract and retain more diverse staff, creating a more representative workforce that better reflects the communities BHN serves and meets the needs and expectations of stakeholders.