The Brien Center

Feb 27, 2017


The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is a community-based, non-profit agency with a 95 plus year history of providing a continuum of care for children, adolescents, adults and families who suffer from serious and persistent behavioral health disorders. We are guided by the belief that everyone in Berkshire County benefits when people are mentally, physically and emotionally healthy.

Every day, The Brien Center finds innovative ways to reach, engage and serve Berkshire County residents so they may benefit from the many excellent programs and services our agency provides. Our service grows: last year, we served 10,000 people, including 4,000 children.

Our professional staff work tirelessly to ensure all Berkshire County residents have access to the high-quality, affordable behavioral health services they need—when they need them, where they need them —right here in our community. We provide care without regard to age, race, culture, intellect, socioeconomic status, or insurance status in a manner that supports every person’s ability to live, work and participate in community life.

Our comprehensive, integrated treatment methods are based on a sound clinical foundation of advanced, evidence-based practices that incorporate the whole person—including their voice, their preferences, and their personal support network—throughout the process.

Our treatment philosophy is based on a comprehensive care model that incorporates recovery, resiliency, and rehabilitation principles; promotes individual and family choice; is evidence based; and utilizes family, team, and natural supports that promote stabilization, recovery and wellness within the person’s community setting whenever possible. Our utmost priority is keeping people safe and supporting their choices and their voices throughout their treatment and recovery.


Over 475 employees serve Berkshire County residents with quality mental health and addiction services. Our agency’s culture thrives on trust, respect, and cooperation. Our employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who strive to bring hope and recovery to those who suffer from persistent mental health and addiction disorders. If you are interested in joining our team, please visit the Careers section of our website.

As the County’s primary community based behavioral health provider.   The Brien Center must continue to address the needs of the residents of Berkshire County for improved mental health, fighting stigma to facilitate a better understanding about how mental health affects everyone, and making sure those who are affected by mental illness and/or addiction get the support they need. Building on our long and successful history, we look forward to a bright future serving the residents of Berkshire County!


The Brien Center relies on state funding, insurance reimbursements, donations and grants.  Gifts and donations, large and small, help the Brien Center respond to the changing needs of the community.  Please feel free to visit our website to donate.