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Erving Elementary School eyes student mental health program
05-28-2024 2:44 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

ERVING — After results from a recent survey showed that 7% of Erving students were in the “high risk” emotional category and another 32% were at “some risk” emotionally, Erving Elementary School is moving forward with a new student mental health...

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More than man’s best friend: Emotional support dog brings priceless comfort to Greenfield teen with PTSD
04-05-2024 1:45 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

Zeal, a soulful-eyed chocolate lab, may well be “man’s best friend” to 15-year-old Rain Sanborn. But if all goes well, Zeal will also be a great comfort to the boy who suffered through years of trauma and anxiety brought on by a near-fatal ski...


GAAMHA opens new Athol facility for women with substance abuse, mental health disorders
03-31-2024 11:45 AM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Seeking to address a lack of resources for women battling with substance abuse and mental health disorders, Gardner-based GAAMHA has opened a new facility in Athol called Sunrise Ridge.The 32-bed residential treatment facility at 648 Pleasant...


Young kids aren’t immune: Mental health issues at crisis point amid lack of specialized therapists
02-11-2024 12:10 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Child therapist Alice Barber says that she could discharge all 45 of her clients — children as young as 2 or 3 years old — and her practice would fill back up within a couple of weeks, “no questions asked.” Barber has colleagues who get 10 calls a...


Mental health expert to join some police calls in Hatfield, Sunderland, Whately
11-07-2023 12:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A part-time behavioral health clinician is expected to soon join police officers on certain calls handled by the Hatfield, Sunderland and Whately police departments.With grant funding received by Sunderland from the state’s Department of...


Greenfield Police Chief: Dept. heading ‘in the right direction’ thanks to co-response program
10-20-2023 12:04 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Since the start of the year, city dispatchers have diverted 349 calls directly to behavioral health services, bypassing any direct police involvement.In that same time frame — January through September — an additional 292 calls warranted...


State summit targets sources of loneliness in all ages
09-28-2023 5:00 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Aiming to foster more connected communities across Massachusetts and staunch the negative health outcomes that can result from social isolation, service providers and advocacy groups gathered virtually on Thursday as part of their ongoing...


$773K to support BHN’s childhood mental health program
09-24-2023 2:12 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — A regional provider of comprehensive behavioral health services has been awarded nearly $800,000 to continue its work providing social and emotional support for children in licensed child care facilities. The $772,706 Early Childhood...


Greenfield Police co-response program grows
07-05-2023 6:26 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — With the help of a $200,000 Massachusetts Jail Diversion Program grant, the Greenfield Police Department’s co-response program will expand to include two full-time clinicians who will assist officers with mental health and...


Baystate Franklin retaining mental health unit
05-25-2023 12:06 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — For local nurses and mental health care advocates, the decision to keep the mental health unit open at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, rather than fully consolidate services to a new facility in Holyoke, has been met with relief.“It’s...


$132K grant to bolster mental health support at Frontier, Union 38 schools
04-18-2023 2:43 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — As schools continue to help students work through emotional and behavioral challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, a new grant is set to bolster the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school districts’ efforts.The schools...


My Turn: Mental health tips for the winter doldrums
02-12-2023 4:57 PM

By KATE MCINTOSH

The holidays are over and the long trudge to spring is here. For many, the gray skies, cold weather, and shorter days are a drag. For people with anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses, winter can make their struggles even harder.January and...


Report eyes role for schools, pediatric providers in behavioral health crisis
01-22-2023 2:30 PM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

BOSTON — Citing progress in addressing children’s behavioral health as well as a need for further improvement, a new report suggests the potential for schools and pediatric primary care providers to play a more significant role in addressing a...


ServiceNet to expand mental health services with $4M grant 
01-12-2023 6:16 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — A program piloted by ServiceNet in 2020 to help remove barriers to mental health and substance use disorder treatment recently received a $4 million grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to extend and...


Mental health clinicians honored with annual CSO award
12-07-2022 8:19 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

For the first time in the accolade’s 17-year history, Clinical & Support Options’ (CSO) Exemplary Team Award has been given to the organization’s co-response team for its recent expansions and associated success with having mental health clinicians...


Shared mental health clinician begins service in Erving, neighboring towns
05-09-2022 4:50 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

ERVING — Clinician Leeanne Hadsel began her duty serving alongside local police departments last week, marking what she called a “cultural” next step forward in providing mental health services to those in crisis.Motivated by a regional history of...

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