The Consortium’s Statement on Addressing Injustice

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 [...]

Jan 5: Same Day Hiring Event with Home & Community Connections

Come join Home & Community Connections for their Same Day Hiring Event on January 5th! We'll be at 187 High St, Suite 202, in Holyoke from 10 AM to 2 PM. All levels of experience are welcome, with sign on bonuses for the following open positions! Program Manager positions: $1,000 after 60 days Program Supervisor [...]

OnBoard Matching Event draws organizations, individuals (photos)

L to R- Nicole Coakley from Springfield College, Patricia Caudle from CVS, Executive Director Kristel Applebee and Terrie Thompson from The Consortium, and Naftalia Anderson from the Ronald McDonald House at On Board- United Way of Pioneer Valley taking place at Valley Venture Mentors on Bridge St. in Springfield on December 7th. (Ed Cohen [...]

Noted author to speak about having opioid-addicted family members

Updated: Dec. 05, 2021, 4:43 p.m. | Published: Dec. 05, 2021, 4:42 p.m. By Dave Canton [...] Jarrett J. Krosoczka, award-winning author of the young readers’ graphic novel “Hey, Kiddo,” knows well what it is to live with a parent’s addiction. The Hampshire HOPE Opioid Prevention Coalition and related organizations are presenting a virtual event featuring Krosoczka [...]

Northampton Recovery Center fighting addiction with unique approach

by: Jillian Andrews Posted: Nov 10, 2021 / 05:40 PM EST / Updated: Nov 10, 2021 / 07:02 PM EST NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – [...] Drug addiction is very much an issue locally and across the state. The Northampton Recovery Center (NRC) is a peer driven community, just last month celebrating five years in Northampton. There is a life after [...]

The Consortium Announces New Development Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristel Applebee Western Massachusetts Training Consortium (413) 536-2401 x3041 kapplebee@wmtcinfo.org The Consortium Announces New Development Director Terrie Thompson is the Consortium’s New Director of Development HOLYOKE, MA November 9, 2021 – The Consortium is excited to announce it has a new Director of Development, A. Terrie Thompson. Terrie Thompson has joined [...]

It’s Not Just Britney

The Cut By Sandy Allen | July 2, 2021 [...] The day after Britney’s statement to an L.A. court last week, one heard around the world, I called up a psychiatric-survivor activist I’ve gotten to know, Caroline Mazel-Carlton. Mazel-Carlton, who’s also a rabbi-in-training, works for an organization that is revolutionizing mental-health care in western Massachusetts (and [...]

Westfield Police Host Drug Addiction & Recovery Team Training

News Flash Posted on: October 28, 2021 Earlier this week the Westfield Police Department hosted a training in Cooperation with Hampshire Hope to form a Drug Addiction & Recovery Team (DART).  The opioid epidemic that has plagued communities nationwide has forced law enforcement to expand the way this problem is dealt with.   Although enforcement [...]

The WHO Calls for Radical Change in Global Mental Health

By Robert Whitaker - June 10, 2021 During the past decade, the World Health Organization (WHO) has regularly promoted the goal of improving “global mental health.” While it has often told of the importance of social support and other non-drug alternatives, its efforts helped spread a biomedical standard of care. Western ideas regarding diagnoses, the [...]

Cultural Appreciation Day celebrated outside Franklin County Justice Center

By: WWLP Digital First, Sy Becker Posted: Oct 21, 2021 / 03:26 PM EDT / Updated: Oct 21, 2021 / 06:58 PM EDT GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Franklin County is so proud of the diversity of its courthouse personnel, they celebrated with a Cultural Appreciation Day. It’s not every day you hear the Libro Azul Latin Jazz and Salsa band [...]

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