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The March for Miguel in downtown Pittsfield saw supporters gather to remember Miguel Estrella and call for change in his name on the six-month anniversary of his death.
City officials on Wednesday will discuss the duties and salaries for two social workers, and a batch of new co-responders, who will help strengthen Pittsfield's response to people in mental health crisis.
A District Attorney's Office investigation ruled a police shooting of a young man in the throes of mental health crisis was legally justified. But how can we justify the inadequate systems available to those who need help before they're in crisis?
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.
A day after the release of the District Attorney's investigation, those who knew Miguel Estrella struggle to place their feelings.
Elina Estrella spoke Friday afternoon at a news conference in which the Berkshire district attorney announced that Pittsfield Police Officer Nicholas Sondrini would not face criminal charges in the fatal shooting of her brother.
BOSTON — House and Senate negotiators struck early morning agreements Monday on sports betting and mental health access but will keep a significant economic development bill in conference committee as they continue to wrestle with an existing law that could trigger nearly $3 billion in tax relief this year.
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.