The Brien Center celebrated the opening of a recovery shelter specifically for women.
The center, in partnership with Berkshire Health Systems, opened the 17-bed center knows as the Keenan House for Women in October on Seymour Street. It will serve women recovering from addiction during the early stages of rehabilitation.
ABH, a statewide organization representing more than 80 community-based behavioral healthcare provider organizations, announced its 2017 Recognition Award recipients at its Salute to Excellence event, earlier this month. Each year, ABH recognizes individuals and groups that have made impressive contributions to the field of mental health and addiction treatment.
Each year, ABH recognizes individuals and groups that have made impressive contributions to the field of mental health and addiction treatment. This year, Denise Galvagni, Division Director of Community Services of The Brien Center, received the Excellence in Program Leadership Award for exemplifying outstanding leadership qualities.
Three days a week, Jusino arrives at the center at 8:30 a.m. and enjoys coffee, tea and breakfast and companionship with other clients. That begins an active day that includes table activities, exercise, lunch, reading (the center has an audio book player) and special events like last week's "Christmas in July" party.
Maria Congelosi was feeling so low that she tried to kill herself.
Congelosi is a Romania native and came to the Berkshire because she was adopted. By the age of 9 or 10, she started getting into physical altercations with her adoptive mother. Throughout school she felt self conscience, had depression and anxiety. She was teased by her peers.
B. John and Rosaleen Miller lost their son to a drug overdose.
Their response 20 year ago is helping prevent that tragedy occurring to other families. Jim Mucia of the Brien Center says, "if we can get one kid off of heroin it is worth it."