National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County

Seeking Cupcake Wars Participants
Deadline: December 15

Our 4th Annual Cupcake Wars will be held on February 1, 2018,  and we are seeking participants to compete in this fun event, from which all funds raised will support individuals impacted by mental illness throughout Berkshire County. The deadline to register is December 15, 2017. The first three registrants will receive free publicity for their business or organization on NAMI Berkshire County’s website, Facebook page and in press releases about the event. Click here to register.


Become a Sponsor

Businesses & Organizations: We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available to fit your budget. For more information, view and print our Sponsorship Form.

Thank you to the Austen Riggs Center for coming in at the Mental Health Advocate level! For more information about the Austen Riggs Center, visit


About Us

The mission of The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County, a community based, non-profit organization, is to support, educate and advocate for all those in Berkshire County whose lives are affected by mental illness. NAMI Berkshire County provides information, referrals, classes, workshops, support groups, and advocacy to family members and caregivers of people living with mental illnesses. We assist children, adults and families with mental health questions by accessing resources and services that promote understanding and recovery. That may mean referrals to the local agencies, support groups and classes for family members and caregivers of individuals living with mental illnesses.

Following are some comments from participants. “NAMI BC’s education programs are a life changing experience.” “I finally get it; mental illnesses are medical issues and not my fault!” “NAMI Berkshire County helped me build confidence in the healing process. I have the courage to face whatever comes with their support.” “Details on how to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment options really opened my eyes to the possibilities. My kid has rights. Now I have hope.”

We encourage you to peruse our website and like us on Facebook to keep current with all that we have to offer. For additional information, comments or concerns, contact us at 413-443-1666 or All inquiries are confidential, and there is no charge for the assistance you receive.


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Behavioral Health Coverage Under MHPAEA: A Nationwide Expansion

Do you have questions about what your health insurance covers for mental health or substance use disorder services?

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 requires health insurers and group health plans to provide the same level of benefits for mental and/or substance use treatment and services that they do for medical/surgical care.

The final MHPAEA regulations published in 2013 applied parity protections to the commercial market, and final regulations issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on March 29, 2016, applies parity rules to Medicaid managed care and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. As a result, parity requirements now apply to most health plans in the United States.

Download these resources about parity for mental health and substance use disorder benefits:


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