BHN serves those with life challenges due to mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Across all programs, BHN offers support, guidance and tools that help individuals make positive changes and live fulfilling lives.

Today, BHN serves over 40,000 individuals annually at 40 locations across Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties, and employs over 2,400 people. 


BHN’s mission is to help individuals, families and communities improve the quality of life for those with behavioral and developmental challenges.

All BHN programs offer support, guidance and tools that help individuals make positive, life-altering changes. Whether a person has intellectual or physical disabilities, struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, or is challenged by mental illness, BHN helps people develop more fulfilling lives. 


A series of mergers throughout the 20th century culminated in 1992 when four individual organizations came together under the name Behavioral Health Network, Inc. These organizations were the Child Guidance Clinic (Est. 1938), Agawam Counseling Center (Est. 1971), Community Care Mental Health Center (Est. 1968) and Hampden District Mental Health Clinic (Est. 1953). 

In 2015, BHN merged with The Carson Center in Westfield along with Valley Human Services in Ware, extending its reach in service and geography. In 2016, BHN expanded its services to Franklin County. 

As new needs arise and methods of delivering services constantly evolve, BHN is always working to collaborate and innovate, while at the same time sustaining programs that have a history of positive impact on our participants and the communities of Western Massachusetts.