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The Consortium’s Statement on Addressing Injustice

June 15th, 2020|

From Executive Director, Kristel Applebee
June 12, 2020
Racism – let’s talk about it.  The Consortium has a 45-year history of creating conditions for community by deeply listening to wisdom gained from those who have made meaning of their life experience, or, what we call lived experience. Our Mission:
The Consortium creates conditions in which people with lived […]

Therapist Shortage Fuels Ongoing Crisis In Youth Mental Health

April 26th, 2021|

By BEN JAMES • APR 15, 2021

Gretchen Emond and Anna Dellarosa have a relationship forged from years of common experience.

“We are parents with lived experience raising a child with a mental health challenge,” said Emond, a family support therapist and co-director of The Support Network, which assists families in the difficult task of navigating the mental […]

Local health practice boosts community supports at peer recovery center

March 5th, 2021|


Contact: Mary Kate Farley
The Consortium
(413) 536-2401 x5511
Local health practice boosts community supports at peer recovery center
Atkinson Family Practice sponsors Ware Regional Recovery Center to address opiate use.
HOLYOKE, MA March 5, 2021 – Ware Regional Recovery Center (WRRC), a supported community of the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium and the Quaboag Hills Substance Use Alliance […]

Greenfield Notebook: March 2, 2021

March 3rd, 2021|

Support group offered for caregivers

GREENFIELD — The Salasin Project and The RECOVER Project are sponsoring a virtual support group for caregivers who have experienced domestic violence, substance use and/or recovery. The group has open enrollment, so there is no deadline by which to sign up.

The Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery […]

Virtual talks to focus on herbal medicine, trauma-sensitive yoga

February 24th, 2021|

On Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m., Leslie Chaison and Nora Toomey, herbalists at the People’s Medicine Project, will share approaches to supporting people who are seeking recovery or who are in active recovery. According to an Opioid Task Force press release, the presentation will cover simple recipes and herbs that can help nourish the […]

Web design business gives back through donation

February 16th, 2021|

Published: 2/11/2021 1:33:59 PM

GREENFIELD — Common Media, a web design and communications business based at 278 Main St. Greenfield, recently donated to the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium, an umbrella organization that supports numerous local recovery communities.

According to a Western Massachusetts Training Consortium press release, the donation will support the work of The RECOVER Project, the Salasin […]

Women’s Fund of Western Mass to award $250K to organizations that assist women

February 3rd, 2021|

by: Sofía Hernández Carrillo

Posted: Feb 2, 2021 / 12:38 PM EST / Updated: Feb 2, 2021 / 12:38 PM EST

(Photo Credit: Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM) announced different upcoming grant opportunities, with up to $250,000 available for organizations that serve women and girls in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties.

The […]

Local Web Design Business Gives Back to Franklin County Community

January 25th, 2021|


Contact: Mary Kate Farley
The Consortium
(413) 536-2401 x5511
Local Web Design Business Gives Back to Franklin County Community
During the holiday season, Common Media of Greenfield gifts gracious donation to the Consortium
HOLYOKE, MA January 25, 2021 – The Western Massachusetts Training Consortium is pleased to announce it has received a generous donation from Common Media, a […]

Isolation and opioids during the pandemic

October 17th, 2020|

By Mattea Kramer
Published September 27, 2020 2:17AM (UTC)

This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.

…Back in March, one of the first recommendations for reducing the transmission of the coronavirus was, of course, to stay home — but not everyone has a home, and when businesses, restaurants, libraries, and other public spaces locked their doors, some people were […]

Artists in recovery celebrate National Recovery Month with song, stories

October 8th, 2020|


Staff Writer

Published: 10/8/2020 6:00:49 AM

…Amie Hyson, who has served as a peer counselor at the RECOVER Project, followed him, reading an original piece. “I’m a woman in long-term recovery,” she said before she started to read. “I was addicted to opioids. I facilitated my own healing through writing.”

Today, she works with women in […]

Mayor’s task force focusing on rise in domestic violence during pandemic

September 22nd, 2020|

…“Advocates can help you to think about your personal situation and work with you to create a safety plan,” the statement reads, adding that a safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that identifies ways to remain safe while in a relationship, whether you are planning to stay or leave. “It may include telling […]