To Our Community and Persons Served

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April is National Minority Health Month

The history of our country is tainted by centuries of discrimination against minority citizens in every aspect of our society. Individuals, families and entire communities have been crushed by cruel and unfair practices that place nearly insurmountable barriers against those who deserve the exact same opportunities as everyone else.  Among these barriers is unequal access to quality healthcare – a reality brought into sharp focus by the pandemic.

Data proves that Black, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native people are more likely to get sick and die from COVID-19 than White people. Experts say that longstanding discrimination plays a role. Not only do minority populations have a greater percentage of health conditions that are risks for severe COVID-19 (such as diabetes and asthma,) they have also historically suffered from a lower quality of care, unconscious bias, and a lack of health insurance.

An article in Harvard Health Publishing puts it this way: “It is well-established that Blacks and other minority groups in the US experience more illness, worse outcomes, and premature death compared with Whites.” The results of this widespread discrimination include a lower life expectancy for some minority groups, higher incidence of chronic health conditions, and higher rates of mental illness as a result of stress, anxiety and depression.

April is National Minority Health Month – a time designated to raise awareness about these life-threatening inequities and to encourage action through health education, early detection and better management of the diseases that are on the rise in minority populations. At the Brien Center, we must always be aware of the heavy burden carried by our minority clients and many in our community, and ensure that everyone receives the highest standards of care.

Your Courage,
Our Care

At the Brien Center, we are guided by the belief that everyone in Berkshire County benefits when people are emotionally healthy.

Who We Are

The Brien Center is a community-based, non-profit with a 90+ year history…

What We Do

Our highest priority is keeping people safe and supporting their choices…

Who We Serve

Who do we serve? It’s someone you know, possibly very well.

Mental illness and addiction are among the most stigmatized diseases in the world. At the Brien Center, we are dedicated to ending the stigma in our community.

Child & Adolescent Services

We don’t just serve children and adolescents. We serve entire families by calming the crisis and providing strength and support for better days ahead.

Our programs are comprehensive, clinically- proven, and delivered by counselors who are specialty-trained to provide the best care possible to youth in our community.

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Patrick Miller Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Program – Highly acclaimed community-based program.
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Acute Care Services

We see people who are experiencing the worst moments of their lives. In most cases, our highly-skilled team is able to turn the situation around.

They view this work as way more than a job. Our clinicians love what they do and are dedicated to the people they help.

For information about MA Behavioral Emergency Services Program:
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Adult and Family Services

Our long experience in this field proves that treatment works and that people can and do recover.

No two people are alike. Therefore, we take an individualized approach to care, with multiple pathways available toward recovery.  We can help find the right one for you.

Behavioral Health Community Partners

With you as the leader, our program creates teams of medical and behavioral health professionals who work together to ensure your significant health needs are met, with the best care delivered in the right place, at the right time, and by the right providers.

Behavioral Health Community Partners

With you as the leader, our program creates teams of medical and behavioral health professionals who work together to ensure your significant health needs are met, with the best care delivered in the right place, at the right time, and by the right providers.

Community Services

Our program of care builds on the strengths of each person with significant and persistent mental health needs — and the people they love.

With comprehensive services and support, we help them lead full and productive lives that are strongly connected to family, friends, work and community.