Four central Massachusetts health organizations have been selected by the state government as newly designated Community Behavioral Health Centers, intended to provide greater access to mental health treatment throughout the Commonwealth.
The four local providers, which are joined by 21 other health centers across Massachusetts, are Advocates in Framingham, Community Healthlink in Worcester, Riverside Community Care in Upton and Clinical Support Options in Gardner, according to an announcement Thursday from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and social services.
Designated Community Behavioral Health Centers will be used to provide same-day assessment and referral to treatment, and will be open evenings and weekends to provide mental health treatment.
“A critical part of the roadmap for behavioral health reform is expanding the gateway to treatment, so Massachusetts residents can access behavioral health treatment when and where they need it.” , Marylou Sudders, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, said in a press release. Release. “Community Behavioral Health Centers will ease the burden on individuals and families when accessing treatment, ensuring readily available outpatient care in the community for people of all ages and backgrounds so that every resident can see their behavioral health needs met.
The designation is part of the state’s Roadmap for Behavioral Health Reform, a multi-year plan to improve behavioral health access and treatment in the state. The state plans to launch a 24/7 behavioral health hotline by January, as well as deploy crisis response teams to respond to emergencies.
In May, Community Healthlink partnered with the City of Worcester to help police respond to 911 calls about mental health crises.