North Adams Harm Reduction Program to Merge Under Berkshire Health Systems

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass — Tapestry's Syringe Access Program will be merging with Healthy Steps under the Berkshire Health Systems medical umbrella effective Oct. 30.
"The opioid epidemic has had a significant impact on the Northern Berkshire community," Cheryl Zoll, Tapestry's CEO, said. "Tapestry is committed to continuing its services in the Berkshires and this partnership with Berkshire Health Systems will allow this essential syringe access and disposal program to not only move forward but to integrate with other key healthcare services in the process."
The harm reduction program will continue to operate out of the same location, 6 West Main St. in North Adams, and will now be managed by the Healthy Steps Program at BHS. The program will continue to be funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and there will be no disruption to services, which will remain the same.
"Tapestry has been an invaluable partner in addressing the opioid epidemic in North Adams," Mayor Thomas Bernard said. "Their harm reduction and education programs play a critical role in keeping everyone in our community safe. I'm grateful to BHS for their public health leadership in North Adams, and for assuming responsibility over the North Adams Harm Reduction program through Healthy Steps.
The program provides syringe access and disposal, Narcan training and overdose prevention education, safer supplies, risk reduction counseling, and testing for HIV, Hep C, and STIs among other services. 
"The syringe access and disposal program in North Adams will make a seamless transition to Healthy Steps," Darlene Rodowicz, executive vice president of Berkshire Health Systems, said. "BHS is committed to providing services that will help to reduce the opioid epidemic across the Berkshires, and our partnerships with organizations like Tapestry are important in our efforts to stem this public health crisis."
These programs are proven to reduce the rates of disease transmission and fatal overdose deaths within the community.
In 2019, Tapestry served 855 clients and had 2,103 total client encounters in its syringe program and Healthy Steps had 270 clients and 3,526 client encounters.
Tapestry's presence in the Berkshires will still remain strong with Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics operating out of Pittsfield and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus in North Adams.

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BAAMS' Monthly Studio 9 Series Features Mino Cinelu

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On April 20, Berkshires' Academy of Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) will host its fourth in a series of live music concerts at Studio 9.
Saturday's performance will feature drummer, guitarist, keyboardist and singer Mino Cinelu.
Cinelu has worked with Miles Davis, Sting, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Vicente Amigo, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Pino Daniele, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Salif Keita.
Cinelu will be joined by Richard Boulger on trumpet and flugelhorn, Dario Boente on piano and keyboards, and Tony Lewis on drums and percussion.
Doors open: 6:30pm. Tickets can be purchased here.
All proceeds will help support music education at BAAMS, which provides after-school and Saturday music study, as well as a summer jazz-band day camp for students ages 10-18, of all experience levels.
Also Saturday, the BAAMS faculty presents master-class workshops for all ages, featuring Cinelu, Boulger, Boente, Lewis and bassist Nathan Peck.
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