mental health care

Senator Chris Murphy

  Experts agree that mental health services in this country are lacking.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what he’d like to do about it.

New York's top court says a mentally ill patient involuntarily sent to a psychiatric hospital has a common law right to challenge detention once the court order for treatment expires. 

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. is in the midst of a $4.5 million overhaul of its mental health units.

Paul Tuthill / WAMC

Hundreds of Western Massachusetts mental health workers are continuing a three-day strike protesting a contract stalemate with a taxpayer-funded social service agency.


Hundreds of mental health workers in western Massachusetts have gone on strike to protest a contract stalemate with a taxpayer-funded social service agency.

             Picket lines went up this morning at several offices of Clinical & Support Options ( CSO), one of the region’s leading providers of  emergency mental health interventions, violence prevention, substance abuse treatment, and other services to thousands of children and families.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Despite opposition from community members, Northern Berkshire Healthcare will move forward with plans to close its psychiatric and pediatric units.