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Behavioral Health Network assumes substance abuse programs from Baystate Medical Center

SPRINGFIELD Behavioral Health Network (BHN) is proud to announce the expansion of their substance abuse programs for residents and their families in the Western Massachusetts area. As of April 1, two recovery homes, a recovery center and an addiction counseling program were transferred from Baystate Medical Center to BHN's existing extensive network of services, with support from the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. The recovery homes include My Sisters House at 89 Belmont Ave. and Opportunity House at 59-61 St. James Ave., both in Springfield. The recovery homes will retain the same phone numbers, (My Sisters House: 733-7891; Opportunity House: 739-4733). Carlson Recovery Center, which offers detoxification and day treatment programs specializing in acute, enhanced acute and intensive outpatient services, will also remain at its current location, 471 Chestnut St., and keep the current phone number (Carlson Recovery Center: 794-5555). The Sloan Clinic will be moving from 140 High St. to 417 Liberty St., Springfield, and its phone number will change to 734-3151. The Sloan Clinic offers outpatient substance abuse counseling services, medication, psychiatric and court services (DAE) and specializes in compulsive gambling and dual diagnosis issues. In addition to the new programs and services they will offer, BHN presently operates several substance abuse clinics and the Hope Center, a 30 bed, post-detox program in the Pioneer Valley. "BHN is thrilled to have worked so successfully with Baystate Health, and the Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse services (DPH-BSAS), to transition the alcohol and drug Services into our network," Katherine B. Wilson, president and CEO of BHN said. "This will ensure the continued operation of quality services that are much needed in the Pioneer Valley to support those individuals who are struggling with addictions. BHN's longstanding mission to help those most in need will be enhanced by bringing these services into our network." The goal of the collaborative efforts of BHN, Baystate and DPH-BSAS is to ensure a smooth and seamless transition of alcohol and drug services in Springfield with uninterrupted care for patients. Staff who worked in these programs at Baystate has been hired by BHN and will continue to provide care for clients. Within the administration department of BHN, three new jobs have been created to manage human resources, information and technology and fiscal needs. Over the next several months, as the organization grows and transitions, BHN anticipates the creation of additional jobs in the administrative end of the business. Behavioral Health Network is a growing non-profit community behavioral health agency that has been providing services to children, adults, families and communities in Western Massachusetts since 1938. BHN provides comprehensive, outcome-driven behavioral health care. They are dedicated to offering high quality, affordable and culturally appropriate care to people of all ages and income levels in the Pioneer Valley communities. Behavioral Health Network is located at 417 Liberty St. For more information visit www.bhninc.org or call 747-0705.

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