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At Caring Health Center, we believe that your unique medical, behavioral health and recovery needs deserve the most effective and compassionate treatment we can provide.


Our Behavioral Health Team members strive to provide you with comprehensive, integrated, compassionate care within a  respectful, non-judgmental environment that will allow you to heal at your own pace. We accomplish this through evidence based trauma-informed and strengths-based interventions tailored to your unique needs as you travel on your healing journey toward recreating your life.” From the BH Team members.



Our Services

CHC’s Behavioral Health Services include bilingual, bi-cultural Mental Health and Recovery clinicians and Community Health Workers dedicated to providing immediate brief crisis assessment and stabilization interventions for walk-in clients as well as ongoing individual and group therapies appropriate for each client’s needs.



We offer a variety of group therapy interventions to support you in your healing journey:

•  Friend Zone, Tuesdays 11:00 - 12:00 p.m., in Room 139

•  Crocheting to Relax, Tuesdays 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., in Room 139

•  Life College for Recovery with interpreter options, Wednesdays
11:00 - 12:00 p.m., in Room 139

•  Anger Management English, Thursdays 3:00 -  4:00 p.m., Room 139

•   Writing Circle, Fridays 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., in Room 139

•  Crocheting to Relax, Fridays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., in Room 139

•  Shared Medical Group for MAT, Thursdays 11:00-12:30, Room 139

STARTING IN JANUARY: Spanish Recovery Group, call for more information.

Individual therapy appointments
Our Safe Haven program allows Behavioral Health/Recovery clients to use our group room 139 between scheduled formal group therapy sessions and meetings as a safe place away from home or the streets to sit, color, chat with other clients, listen to music, talk to a Community Health Worker, a Peer Recovery Coach, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor or sit in silence, whatever you need on your healing journey.

 

Individual therapy appointments Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with Spanish, Arabic, Somali, English speaking clinicians. Walk-ins seen if possible by a Licensed Clinician, Peer Recovery Coach, CADC or Community Support Worker.


Psychiatric Medication evaluations, by appointment only, after individual is initially evaluated by a clinician are scheduled Tuesday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at 1049 Main St. Our Primary Care doctors, Physician’s Assistants and Nurse Practitioners also prescribe basic Psychiatric medications.


Medication Assisted Treatment for Recovery

Call 413-739-1100  ext. 2522 to schedule with a Community Health Worker for an MAT Intake session. You will receive details of our MAT Program and be scheduled for your first Individual Therapy session and a prescription consultation with Kathy Proulx or Dr. Grund during this Intake session.


Initial MAT medication consults by appointment with Kathy Proulx, Psychiatric NP, Thursdays 11:00-12:30 at 1049 Main St.

 

Mondays 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. by appointment only for initial MAT prescription consults with our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Grund at 1049 Main Street in Springfield.


MAT prescription follow up sessions Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30-4:30, Thursday 9:00-6:00 by appointment only with Debbi Strauss, MAT RN Care Manager.


Vivitrol shots are scheduled after the initial MAT consult Monday-Wednesday and Friday  10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or Thursday until 5:30 at 1049 Main St., Springfield, Massachusetts.


All individuals receiving Medication Assisted Treatment are required to attend a 6 week Shared Medical Group on Thursdays 11:00-12:30 and individual therapy to achieve optimum support for their healing journey toward creating a new life.


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Integrated Behavioral Health
/Recovery Services


Who we are


Stephen Grund, MD

Chief Medical Officer

MAT waivered

 sgrund@caringhealth.org


Jane K. Desmarais, LICSW

Director of Behavioral Health

jdesmarais@caringhealth.org


Kathryn Proulx, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

MAT waivered

kproulx@caringhealth.org

 

Brian Beauvais, PA

Physician’s Assistant

MAT waivered

bbeauvais@caringhealth.org


Debbi Strauss, RN

Medication Assisted Treatment

Nurse Care Manager

dstrauss@caringhealth.org


Zainab Abdi, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor

(Arabic, Somali, English)

zabdi@caringhealth.org


Nircia del Rosario-Melendez, LCSW

Clinician

(Spanish, English)

ndelrosario@caringhealth.org


Ashley Adamski, LMHC

Clinician

(English)

aadamski@caringhealth.org


Ismael Cintron, MSW

Clinician

(Spanish, English)

icintron@caringhealth.org


Deborah Flores-Carrion, LCSW

Clinician

(Spanish, English)

dflores@caringhealth.org


Ganga Tiwari

Community Health Worker

BH Nepali Interpreter

gtiwari@caringhealth.org


Elba Mendez

Community Health Worker

Medical Assistant

(Spanish, English)

emendez@caringhealth.org

 

Pedro Rosado

Certified Peer Recovery Coach

Medical Assistant

Community Health Worker

(Spanish, English)

prosado@caringhealth.org


Luz Palermo

Community Health Worker

(Spanish, English)

lpalermo@caringhealth.org


Vince Carter

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Community Health Worker

(English)

vcarter@caringhealth.org


Kenia Gonzalez

Associate in Social Services

Registration and Authorization Specialist

kgonzalez@caringhealth.org