National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County

Upcoming Events



It’s Walk-a-Thon Time!

We’re gearing up for our Minds Matter for Mental Health Awareness Walk-a-Thon on May 7 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at UNO Community Center (located at 157 River Street) in North Adams. The purpose of the Walk-a-Thon is to raise awareness of and funds for individuals and families impacted by mental illness in Berkshire County. Contributions are tax-deductible. 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition. Your support ensures that no one is alone in this fight.

Registration and family activities will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. NAMI Berkshire County Executive Director Brenda Carpenter and NAMI Berkshire County Board Chair Deborah Sadowy-Dargie will give opening remarks at 2:45 p.m., with the Walk-a-Thon to follow.

Participants can register by printing out the Walk-a-Thon Registration Form, as well as from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Every participant will receive a Mental Health Awareness wristband, and participants who collect pledges totaling $50 will receive a NAMI Berkshire County aluminum water bottle. Those who secure donations totaling $100 will receive a NAMI Berkshire County aluminum water bottle and an event t-shirt. (Click here to view and print the Walk-a-Thon Pledge Form.)

Donations in support of the Walk-a-Thon can also be made conveniently and securely online at The Walk-a-Thon will be held rain or shine.

There are four sponsorship levels available, ranging from Friend ($250 level) to Benefactor ($3,000 level). Sponsors will receive exclusive exposure for their organization and several other benefits, depending on the level they select. Click here to view the sponsorship levels and benefits.

The event sponsorship form is located here. Interested companies and organizations may also contact Brenda at 413-443-1666 or for more information. The deadline to become a sponsor is Friday, April 25, 2017.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:  Berkshire PathwaysClinical & Support Options, The Austen Riggs Center, The Brien CenterGould FarmServiceNet, BerkshireFlyer.comSouth Bay Community Services, Greylock Federal Credit Union and WBRK!



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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