What We Do
The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services provides a continuum of care for children, adolescents, adults and families who suffer from serious and persistent behavioral health disorders. We are guided by the belief that everyone in Berkshire County benefits when people are mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy.
The Brien Center’s Programs and Services are “Community Based”
Our agency is organized around four divisions that address the behavioral health needs of Berkshire County residents using a “community-based care” model. Community-based care dates back to 1963, when President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Community Mental Health Act, which drastically changed the way mental health services were delivered and inspired hope and a new vision of care for the mentally ill. The law ushered in a new era wherein people who had previously been residents of hospitals and institutions for the mentally and emotionally ill were returned to their communities and treated via community mental health centers.
The Brien Center is dedicated to providing the residents of Berkshire County with quality, affordable, accessible mental health and addiction services that are delivered in the community, where people live, work, shop, worship, go to school, raise their families, and participate in a quality community lifestyle. The people we serve deserve no less than to be valued as integral members of our community. With over 27 locations throughout Berkshire County, treatment and services are conveniently available to all Berkshire County residents.
What is “Continuum of Care”?
Continuum of care is an integrated system of care that guides and tracks person served through a comprehensive array of behavioral health services of varying kinds and from various providers. At The Brien Center, we are committed to ensuring that each person we serve is provided a continuum of appropriate, affordable and accessible behavioral health services that leave no gaps and support recovery and wellness to the highest degree possible.
What is “Integrated Care”?
Integrated care is a system of coordinated care that appropriately addresses the general health and behavioral healthcare needs of each person served. This kind of coordinated care “integrates” the various aspects of mental health, addiction, and primary care services to produce the best possible outcomes for people engaged in treatment and services. At The Brien Center, we are dedicated to providing each person served integrated, coordinated care that includes their voice and their choices in treatment options and services to support their recovery and long-term wellness. To achieve these ends, we work closely with physicians and other care providers to keep the lines of communication open to the benefit of each person served. This method of care is proven to be most effective approach to caring for people with multiple healthcare needs.
We are proud to work as part of a strong, well-developed network of collaborative partners to ensure the people of Berkshire County have access to the behavioral healthcare services they need. Our partners include area hospitals, social service agencies, physicians and other practitioners, local/regional/state government agencies, local law enforcement, the court system, local schools and businesses, and, of course, our generous donors. Together, we share the vision of improving the health and well-being of Berkshire County residents suffering from serious mental health and addiction disorders. The Brien Center works to nurture both new and existing collaborative relationships that support the efforts of persons served as they work towards recovery and lasting wellness.
THE BRIEN CENTER’S SERVICE DIVISIONS
Each division is led by a two-person team comprised of a Division Director and a Medical Director who specialize in the division’s area of focus. Our multidisciplinary treatment teams help people to manage their own illness so they can avoid hospitalization, retain employment, remain productive members of their community, and keep their families together and their children in school.