CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES
WHO WE SERVE: Youth up to 21 years of age.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The Brien Center’s effective, evidence-based programs help children remain in their community while receiving high-quality treatment.”
Children and adolescents face myriad challenges at home, at school, on the internet, and in their communities that can sometimes overwhelm their ability to cope and affect their physical and emotional health. At The Brien Center, we are here to help young people succeed at home, in school, in relationships, and most importantly, live happy, balanced lives.
By providing comprehensive, culturally competent, community-based services, we focus on helping families cope with life transitions, the full range of emotional and behavioral disorders, and developmental issues through outpatient psychotherapy, family and group therapy, medication evaluation and treatment, wrap-around care coordination, day treatment, and community-based acute residential treatment.
Our caring, professional treatment team assesses each young person to determine the best treatment options and level of care for their unique needs. We include the family throughout treatment, and we work in close collaboration with schools, treatment providers, and other agencies to ensure careful coordination of each child’s care and treatment.
Insurances Accepted – The Brien Center is an approved provider for most public and private health insurance plans. A sliding fee scale is offered for those who have no health insurance.
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The Brien Center offers family, individual, group, and play therapy; psychopharmacology evaluations; and medication management; Intensive Care Coordination and Family Support and Stabilization; In-Home Therapy and Behavioral Management; Acute Residential Treatment for children in crisis; Residential Treatment for children 4-21 years of age; Day Treatment and After-School programming; and Mentoring. Treatment plans are evidence-based, proven interventions that treat the full range of child and adolescent disorders. Specialty areas include: trauma evaluations and treatment; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); mood disorders including depression and bi-polar; Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and disruptive behavior disorders; eating disorders; and anxiety disorders.
The Brien Center provides a “Continuum” of community-based wraparound services that are designed to maintain youth, referred by the Department of Mental Health or Department of Children and Families, within their homes and support families as their primary caregivers. Services also include long- and short-term out-of-home care for youth who cannot be maintained safely at home. The Brien Center subcontracts with Berkshire Children and Families and the Key Program to provide out-of-home care. The same treatment team follows the Youth along at various placement levels, ensuring family and youth choices and voice in treatment decisions. This fully integrated model provides smoother transitions between levels of service and greater continuity of care. The Brien Center provides the following levels of care:
The Berkshire County Continuum: An innovative approach to providing long term residential care to Children and Adolescents under the care of the Department of Children and Families and Department of Mental Health. Family and Youth choice and input is key to treatment decisions. A treatment plan remains in place throughout the Continuum treatment and “follows” the Youth along at various placement levels. The focus is on community and family integration into the residential care.
Pre-Independent Living Group Home: A small, therapeutic group home providing 24 hour residential care in a community-based, open setting. The focus is on developing the skills necessary for independent living and Youth will be finishing high school, attending college or vocational training, or working. Most Youth will transition to living on their own after successfully completing treatment and move into independent apartments and into the Independent Living Program (see below).
Independent Living: This program will provide outreach and home-based support for Youth living on their own in the community. Services include regular visits, medication management and reinforcement of independent living skills.
CHILD STABILIZATION UNIT/24-HOUR ACUTE RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY
The Brien Center’s CSU provides a safe, supportive environment for short-term, acute residential treatment for youth 4-17 years old who need 24 hour care to resolve a psychiatric crisis. Recognized by the state as one of the premier programs of its kind, the CSU seeks to both stabilize the child and create a long-term treatment plan to ensure continuity of care. Keeping youth safe and cared for in their community – not in distant facilities – minimizes separation trauma for youth and their families. Daily clinical and psychiatric assessments, intensive behavioral management, family assessment and discharge planning, individual and group counseling, and full integration with Berkshire County’s comprehensive treatment network of pre-and post-acute care services for youth comprise this state-of-the-art program.
CHILDREN’S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INITIATIVE (CBHI) SERVICES
Through this program, home-based family therapy provides intensive, structured, strength-based outreach counseling in the home to stabilize behaviors, combined with therapeutic mentoring by trained counselors who assist the family in implementing plans. Many of the children we serve suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The primary goal of the program is to stabilize the child’s symptoms and behavior sufficiently to prevent an out-of-home placement. In-Home Behavioral Therapy consists of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) by an ABA-trained clinician and a behavioral plan implemented by a Behavior Monitor who visits the home several times per week.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AGENCIES (CSA)
The CSA serves youth having serious emotional disturbances and has two primary functions: Intensive Care Coordination, which creates a family-driven treatment plan for the young person that integrates other agencies and providers; and Family Support with “family partners” who have experience caring for a child with special needs and provide one-on-one support, education, and coaching for caregivers that is geared to each child’s unique behavioral health needs. The CSA employs a process called “Wraparound” – a team-based planning process that provides individualized, coordinated, family-driven care to meet the complex needs of youth served.
OPTIONS FOR YOUTH — CENTRAL COUNTY
SOUTH FORTY — NORTH COUNTY
This therapeutic after-school program seeks to improve the quality of life of children and youth ages 5-18 with serious mental illness or severe emotional disturbance, often with co-occurring substance use disorders and associated behavior problems in the home, school and community. Services include day treatment, crisis management, outreach, monitoring and behavior management, and group counseling. Treatment is individualized.
PATRICK MILLER YOUTH SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM
This highly acclaimed community-based program of The Brien Center provides education, prevention, intervention, screening and outpatient services to address substance use and abuse among Berkshire County youth. For youth with substance use disorders, The Brien Center’s treatment team provides comprehensive assessment, individual and group counseling, and intensive addiction treatment. Staff includes a psychiatrist and licensed counselors who are trained in both mental health and addiction treatment, with a specialty in adolescents. The success of the program is demonstrated in community surveys documenting a reduction in adolescent substance use in communities where the program is present. The program is, in part, supported by B. John and Rosaleen Miller of Pittsfield in memory of their son, who died of an accidental heroin overdose.
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES STAFF
Our highly trained, professional team includes psychiatrists, master’s level and licensed clinicians and counselors who specialize in the treatment of child and adolescent mental health and substance use disorders, and in working with families.
Each division of The Brien Center is overseen by a Division Director and supported by its own Medical Director.
James Mucia, LICSW
Child/Adolescent Services Division
Brenda Butler, M.D.
Child/Adolescent Services Division
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICE LOCATIONS