National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County

 Free Panel Discussion

For those of you who didn’t have a chance to attend our free panel discussion, “The Difference Between Helping and Enabling Your Loved One,” which we co-sponsored with Northern Berkshire United Way in November, click here to view it in its entirety.


Save the Date for Cupcake Wars

Our 4th Annual Cupcake Wars will be held on February 1, 2018 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Berkshire Hills Country Club. Bakeries from throughout Berkshire County, including Linda’s Pastries, Berkshire Pathways – A Program of Viability and Simply Sweet, will compete for the best cupcake in the following categories: Best Tasting, Most Creative, Best Presentation and People’s Choice.


Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. The price includes an Italian dinner prepared by UNICO and cupcake tasting. At the end of the evening, a dozen full-size cupcakes from each bakery will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Pick up your tickets at the NAMI Berkshire County Office, 333 East St, Rm 417, Pittsfield (Phone: 413-443-1666), at Elm Street Hardware, 129 Elm St, Pittsfield (Phone: 413-442-9558) or online by clicking the “Buy Now” button below. 

We are also selling tickets for a Lake House Guest Cottage Raffle that we will be holding during Cupcake Wars on February 1. The gift certificate is for a 2-night stay worth $1,400 that can be used anytime between and now and January 2020. Tickets are $10 each. You do not have to be present to win. To view photos of the Lake House in Lanesboro, click here to visit their Facebook page.

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Last year, tickets sold out a week prior to the event, so purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended. Keep checking back here and our Facebook page for more information on this fun event!



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 our following sponsors!



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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