In The News

Narcan case aims to increase awareness, save lives

For the Gazette 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

GREENFIELD — Minutes matter when a person is experiencing an opioid overdose, and the quicker a person can administer the life-saving medication Narcan, the better are the odds of survival.

Now, one local addiction activist is working with a nonprofit organization that rose out of a recent Opioid […]

November 17th, 2016|

The them are now us

Recorder Staff

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

GREENFIELD — Despite a coordinated push over the last few years to increase substance abuse support and recovery services in Franklin County, there are still some holes in the net.

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg heard from members of the local recovery community and the regional Opioid Task Force […]

October 31st, 2016|

Ask the Wellness Guru


Guide for Parents -A supplement of The Greenfield Recorder produced by the Communities the Care Coalition

Wednesday September 7th 2016

Ask the Wellness Guru (aka Michael Lewis, RECOVER Project Director and Facilitator of the Nurturing Fathers Program)

September 7th, 2016|

How we’re missing the real story on mental health in Massachusetts

How we’re missing the real story on mental health in Massachusetts


By Sera Davidow

THE AVERAGE citizen has now heard (multiple times) the story of people with psychiatric diagnoses who are slipping through the state’s cracks, how their families are desperate but lack resources, and how the mental health system […]

August 16th, 2016|

An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold

An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold

New York Times – AUG. 8, 2016

HOLYOKE, Mass. — Some of the voices inside Caroline White’s head have been a lifelong comfort, as protective as a favorite aunt. It was the others — “you’re nothing, they’re out to get you, to kill you” — […]

August 16th, 2016|

13th Annual West Region Self Advocacy Conference!

Consortium’s Self-Advocacy program will be hosting its 13th Annual West Region Self Advocacy Conference!

Saturday May 21, 2016, 9:00am – 3:15pm
Sheraton, 1 Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144

The 2016 West Region Self-Advocacy conference will offer a chance for self-advocates (adults who experience developmental challenges) and supporters from across Western Mass and beyond to come together and participate […]

May 20th, 2016|

RECOVER Project Director Overcame Addiction

By Dan Desrosiers
For The Recorder
Friday, April 15, 2016

Michael Lewis, director of the RECOVER Project in Greenfield, hasn’t even been able to get his coat off, and he has been at work for a half-hour already. The women’s writing group needs to be let in and assisted; the chair arrangement in the back of the building has […]

April 22nd, 2016|

People with Developmental Disabilities Have Spiritual Needs Too ~ Non-profit provides spiritual care for adults with cognitive challenges

The Western Massachusetts Training Consortium is pleased to announce its new initiative designed to address the spiritual needs of adults with cognitive challenges it serves. The Consortium’s Home & Community Connections residential program has demonstrated a way to offer spiritual support to folks who have developmental disabilities. “The intention of this program has been to […]

March 1st, 2016|

Save the Date for the Support Network’s Annual Children’s Mental Health Week Dinner


When You Worry about the Child You Love:  Emotional and Learning Challenges in Children

The Support Network announces annual children’s mental health week dinner

Holyoke May 5, 2016:  The Support Network, a program of the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium, is pleased to announce its upcoming annual dinner in recognition of the national Children’s Mental Health Week.  This […]

February 29th, 2016|

People’s Medicine Project aids recovery through alternative medicine


Recorder Staff
Monday, February 22, 2016
(Published in print: Tuesday, February 23, 2016)

GREENFIELD — Recovering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs is by no means a comfortable process. Just ask Kaitlyn John, a staff member at the RECOVER Project on Federal Street, which offers peer support for people recovering from substance abuse problems.
When she […]

February 23rd, 2016|