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40 Wright St., Palmer, MA 01069
(413) 370-5285;
108 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 387-0075;
324A Springfield St., Agawam, MA 01001 (413) 786-9139;
187 High St., Holyoke, MA 01040 (413) 540-1234;
140 High St., Unit 230, Springfield, MA 01105
(413) 495-1500;
5 Franklin St., Northampton, MA 01060 (413) 584-1460;
103 Myron St., Suite A, West Springfield, MA 01089 (413) 592-1980;
Diverse, mutli-disciplinary behavioral-health practice; utilizes broad spectrum of evidence-based treatment modalities; individual, couples, and family therapy; cognitive behavioral therapy; psychodynamic therapy; interpersonal therapy; EMDR for anxiety, stress, and trauma; group therapy; dialectical behavior therapy; psychopharmacology; psychological testing; school and agency consultation; parent training groups
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental-health organization dedicated to building better lives for people affected by mental illness; conducts education programs to ensure families, individuals, friends, and caregivers get the support and information they need; conducts efforts to shape national public policy; provides free referral, information, and support; leads public-awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and an annual walkathon, to fight stigma and encourage understanding
Provides services to individuals in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties; adult, child, and adolescent individual and family outpatient mental-health services and psychiatry with offices located in Holyoke, Chicopee, Easthampton, Springfield, and Westfield; Massachusetts-certified gambling specialists; substance-use services; school- based mental-health services in Holyoke, Chicopee, Easthampton, Amherst, Westfield, and Granby public schools as well as select schools in Springfield, East Longmeadow, Hatfield, South Hadley, and Hadley and on the campus of Springfield Technical Community College; school-based health centers/teen clinics located at Holyoke High School North, Dean Campus, and Peck School; Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative services; the HIV/ AIDS Project; CONCERN: Employee Assistance Program for local businesses, organizations, and municipalities; programs staffed by bilingual/bicultural professionals
Community-based, behavioral healthcare organization offering a continuum of services including adult behavioral health, substance-abuse counseling, children’s behavioral health, day services, autism services, and early childhood services
Accredited by Clubhouse International and driven by a belief in recovery through work, Viability clubhouse programs provide members with a supportive environment to increase their vocational, educational, and social skills; locations include Berkshire Pathways in Pittsfield, Odyssey House in Holyoke, Forum House in Westfield, Lighthouse in Springfield, Star Light Center in Florence, and Tradewinds in Southbridge
Mental-health outpatient clinic providing a variety of services, including geriatric mental health, individual and group psychotherapy, diagnostic evaluations, CANS assessments for MassHealth children under 21, medication management for age 18 and up, consultation with families of elders with dementia, neuropsychological testing for adults/elders, family therapy and consultation; WCFC provides bilingual services, as well as outreach for those unable to make it to the clinic
A 13-bed acute-care inpatient unit and 15-bed inpatient center for geriatric psychiatry; offers outpatient behavioral-health and addiction services in Belchertown, Palmer, and Wilbraham; counseling for children, adults, couples, families, and groups
995 Worthington St., Springfield, MA 01109 (413) 734-5376;
Nonprofit provider of residential programs and support to people impacted by mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and homelessness; operates 25 residential sites, extensive outreach, and supported living programs, as well as a new, state-of-the-art outpatient behavioral-health center, all in Greater Springfield
103 Myron St., Suite A, West Springfield, MA 01089 (413) 592-1980;
Comprehensive psychiatric services for residents and their families in long-term living facilities; as consultants to long-term-living facilities and primary-care physicians, NEG clinicians evaluate and treat residents referred to them with a physician’s order; a resident, family, or facility staff member may request services; services are billed directly to the resident’s health insurance; team consists of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, neuropsychologists, licensed mental-health counselors, and social workers; services are free to facilities that contract with New England Geriatrics
21 Olander Dr., Northampton, MA 01060 (413) 585-1300;
Individual counseling and innovative group therapies for children, adolescents, and adults who are dealing with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, substance-use disorders, physical/sexual abuse and other trauma, relationship and family concerns, school-adjustment problems, pain-management challenges, and obsessive-compulsive disorders; also providing psychological testing, psychiatric care, and medication services; clinics are located in Amherst, Greenfield, Holyoke, Northampton, and Pittsfield
294 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376 (413) 774-5558;
The United Arc provides advocacy and support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Western Mass; programs include adult services, positive parenting, family support, and self-advocacy
100 University Dr., 2nd Floor, Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 582-0100;
Provides a continuum of care for patients with eating disorders; psychiatric inpatient services; medical, behavioral, and nutritional care
   Baystate Opens Temporary Child/Adolescent Behavioral-health Unit
SPRINGFIELD — Addressing the criti- cal shortage of behavioral-health services for children in the region, Baystate Health opened a temporary, 12-bed child/ado- lescent psychiatric unit on its Baystate Medical Center campus in Springfield on April 28.
“This new unit serves as a bridge allow- ing us to provide inpatient psychiatric care for children and adolescents over the next two years until our new Baystate-Kindred Healthcare joint-venture behavioral- health hospital opens with a permanent pediatric/adolescent unit,” said Dr.
Barry Sarvet, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Baystate Health. “The rapid development of a new psychiatric unit for children in the hospital is a very complex project, and we’re quite proud of the extraordinary efforts of all involved.”
Sarvet explained that the health system has been collaborating with the Depart- ment of Mental Health on how to meet the behavioral health needs of the area’s younger population. Due to the reduction of available pediatric behavioral-health beds in the region, compounded by the increased demand for these services during the pandemic, many vulnerable children have been left without any avail- able inpatient resources. This has resulted in alarming numbers of children waiting for days and weeks in the emergency room and on pediatric medical units.
“While the new temporary unit will be owned and operated by Baystate Health, our partners at Kindred Behavioral Health Services will be assisting us in managing its day-to-day operations and staffing
the unit with nurses and mental-health
counselors,” Sarvet said. “Child and ado- lescent psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners from the Baystate Health Department of Psychiatry will oversee the treatment of each patient on the unit.”
Rob Marsh, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Kindred Behav- ioral Health Services, added that “we look forward to working in partnership with Baystate Health to help address the need for high-quality inpatient psychiatric care for children and adolescents in Western Massachusetts.”
Baystate Health and Kindred Behavior- al Health Services’ joint venture to create a state-of-the-art behavioral health hospital in the region — for adults as well as chil- dren and adolescents — has also received unanimous support from the Holyoke City Council to purchase land on Lower
Westfield Road in Holyoke for construc- tion of the proposed hospital.
The $55 million, 150-bed facility will address the shortage of inpatient behav- ioral health beds in the region for adults, including geriatrics, as well as adolescents and children.
“The new temporary child/adolescent psychiatric unit is just the beginning of a welcomed partnership with Kindred Behavioral Health that will result in a much-needed expansion of psychiatric services in the region,” Sarvet said. “We proudly accept our responsibility to ad- dress critical gaps in clinical resources to meet the needs of people of all ages who are struggling with psychiatric illness.”

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