The Brien Center - Child and Adolescent Services - 251 Fenn Street

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The Brien Center - Child and Adolescent Services - 251 Fenn Street provides the full range of emotional and behavioral disorders, and developmental issues through outpatient psychotherapy, family and group therapy, medication evaluation and treatment, wrap-around care coordination, day treatment, and community-based acute residential treatment.

The Brien Center - Child and Adolescent Services - 251 Fenn Street Focus:

Mental Health

Mental Health Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and more. Mental health professionals at these facilities are trained to understand and treat mental health issues, both in individual and group settings.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does The Brien Center - Child and Adolescent Services - 251 Fenn Street offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient programs are for those who want or need a very structured treatment program but who also wish to live at home and continue with certain responsibilities (such as work or school). IOP substance abuse treatment programs vary in duration and intensity, and certain outpatient rehab centers will offer individualized treatment programs.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.

Intervention Services

Intervention Services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. Professional intervention specialists can help loved ones organize, gather, and communicate with an addict. They can guide intervention participants in describing the damage the addict’s behavior is causing and that outside help is necessary to address the addiction. The ideal outcome of an intervention is for the addict to go to rehab and get the help they need.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Family and Youth choice and input is key to treatment decisions. A treatment plan remains in place throughout the Continuum treatment and “follows” the Youth along at various placement levels. The focus is on community and family integration into the residential care.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

The Brien Center provides a “Continuum” of community-based wraparound services that are designed to maintain youth, referred by the Department of Mental Health or Department of Children and Families, within their homes and support families as their primary caregivers. Services also include long- and short-term out-of-home care for youth who cannot be maintained safely at home. The Brien Center subcontracts with Berkshire Children and Families and the Key Program to provide out-of-home care. The same treatment team follows the Youth along at various placement levels, ensuring family and youth choices and voice in treatment decisions. This fully integrated model provides smoother transitions between levels of service and greater continuity of care.

Therapies Offered:

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and dysfunctional eating patterns. Many psychologists and other mental health professionals consider eating disorders to be food addictions, meaning food is being used in an addictive way (similar to drug or alcohol addiction). Certain substance abuse treatment programs will have treatment for eating disorders as one of the services offered. An eating disorder may also present as a co-occuring disorder or dual diagnosis alongside drug and alcohol addiction.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

The Brien Center - Child and Adolescent Services - 251 Fenn Street Highlights:

The Brien Center offers family, individual, group, and play therapy; psychopharmacology evaluations; and medication management; Intensive Care Coordination and Family Support and Stabilization; In-Home Therapy and Behavioral Management; Acute Residential Treatment for children in crisis; Residential Treatment for children 4-21 years of age; Day Treatment and After-School programming; and Mentoring. Treatment plans are evidence-based, proven interventions that treat the full range of child and adolescent disorders. Specialty areas include: trauma evaluations and treatment; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); mood disorders including depression and bi-polar; Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and disruptive behavior disorders; eating disorders; and anxiety disorders.
Through this program, home-based family therapy provides intensive, structured, strength-based outreach counseling in the home to stabilize behaviors, combined with therapeutic mentoring by trained counselors who assist the family in implementing plans. Many of the children we serve suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The primary goal of the program is to stabilize the child’s symptoms and behavior sufficiently to prevent an out-of-home placement. In-Home Behavioral Therapy consists of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) by an ABA-trained clinician and a behavioral plan implemented by a Behavior Monitor who visits the home several times per week.
The Options for Youth Program seeks to improve the quality of life of children and youth ages 5-18 with serious mental illness or severe emotional disturbance, often with co-occurring substance use disorders and associated behavior problems in the home, school and community. Services include day treatment, crisis management, outreach, monitoring and behavior management, and group counseling. Treatment is individualized.
The Patrick Miller Youth Substance Abuse Program of The Brien Center provides education, prevention, intervention, screening and outpatient services to address substance use and abuse among Berkshire County youth. For youth with substance use disorders, The Brien Center’s treatment team provides comprehensive assessment, individual and group counseling, and intensive addiction treatment. Staff includes a psychiatrist and licensed counselors who are trained in both mental health and addiction treatment, with a specialty in adolescents. The success of the program is demonstrated in community surveys documenting a reduction in adolescent substance use in communities where the program is present. The program is, in part, supported by B. John and Rosaleen Miller of Pittsfield in memory of their son, who died of an accidental heroin overdose.
Residential Area
Pre-Independent Living Group Home: A small, therapeutic group home providing 24 hour residential care in a community-based, open setting. The focus is on developing the skills necessary for independent living and Youth will be finishing high school, attending college or vocational training, or working. Most Youth will transition to living on their own after successfully completing treatment and move into independent apartments and into the Independent Living Program. Independent Living: This program will provide outreach and home-based support for Youth living on their own in the community. Services include regular visits, medication management and reinforcement of independent living skills.


  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Children And Teenagers
  • Smoking is not allowed during the treatment
  • Treatment for emotionally disturbed children


  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Military insurance coverage
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • Cash payments accepted

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