To Our Community and Persons Served

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Dear Friends,

There is a time in the life of every family, community and country when we should stop everything, put our arms around each other, and decide together that we must find a better way forward. This is one of those times. Racism can batter people until they lose all hope. It destroys the fabric of neighborhoods and communities until they can no longer thrive. It has robbed generations of children of their potential. Racism kills. As individuals, as members of this organization, and as residents of Berkshire County, we must collectively decide that enough is finally enough.

At the Brien Center, we see people living with anguish and despair every day. For our entire 100 year history, our agency has fought relentlessly to end the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction. While we don’t pretend that discrimination against those living with behavioral health issues is the same as racial discrimination, we know from long experience that all forms of discrimination exact a terrible toll from their victims. George Floyd and so many others paid that toll with their lives.

This is wrong, unfair, cruel, lawless, and ultimately, so unproductive. How much better would we all be if everyone was allowed the freedom to live their best possible life?

For the last few weeks, many of us at the Brien Center have focused on what we can do to help. The impact of systemic racism on mental health is well established, with Black people more likely (understandably) to live with anxiety and depression than White people. Yet, they are far less likely to seek mental health services. Raising awareness of these facts and ensuring access to Brien Center services for those impacted by racism is an important goal for us. In addition, we are determined to always live up to the values that the Brien Center has stood for over the last century. They include treating all people with respect and dignity, and doing our very best to help our clients overcome unfair challenges that threaten their ability to succeed.

No one should have to face the anguish of racism alone. Everyone is worthy of happiness. With “your courage and our care,” we pledge to be part of a new and better way forward.

Sincerely,
Christine Macbeth, ACSW, LICSW President and CEO of the Brien Center.

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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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.

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.