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Mayor Linda Tyer said “My personal timeline is right now," when it comes to building out the city's mental health response. Tyer said the city's hiring process slows things down a little bit, but that she hopes to have job postings for two licensed social workers advertised by next month.
Young people are struggling to cope across the country — including in the Berkshires. But amid high demand for counseling, help is hard to find. At the Brien Center in Pittsfield, 300 names are on waiting lists for youth services. The delay in getting outpatient care is now running four months.
The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launched Saturday, an effort to make services for those struggling with a mental health crisis more accessible. Here's how it will work in Berkshire County.
"It's a way of telling our community, especially the members in our community that are struggling with some of the most difficult life experiences, that they are seen and we want to help them," said Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Executive Director Amber Besaw.
EAGLE INVESTIGATIONS: As the opioid crisis turns as deadly as it has ever been, people touched by substance use disorder in the Berkshires have thrown themselves into the fight, working on keeping themselves and others alive. Helping people move toward “recovery,” however they define it.
The head of The Brien Center says a proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker to require providers and insurers to increase spending on primary and behavioral care would be "a strong first step" toward fixing historically low reimbursement rates.
This week the Pittsfield Homelessness Advisory Committee will hear whether a new police-led program that's proven helpful in other Massachusetts communities will help Pittsfield organization help the people "falling through the cracks" in the city's support network.
PITTSFIELD — Gina Coleman has been appointed The Brien Center’s first diversity, equity and inclusion director. In this new position, Coleman …