Our History

In 1963, Congress passed the “Community Mental Health Centers Act” in order to establish local health centers as alternatives to state hospitals.  Shortly thereafter, Hampshire Association for Mental Health (HAMH) was founded as an advocacy organization to improve treatment for mentally ill individuals in the community.

Over the past fifty years, ServiceNet evolved from four mental health organizations into an integrated behavioral health agency serving the broad needs of people with mental illness, homelessness, brain injuries, and intellectual disabilities throughout Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties.

1965

Hampshire Association for Mental Health (HAMH) is founded as an advocacy organization that works to improve treatment for mentally ill citizens in the community

1973
HAMH sponsored the opening of the Hampshire Day House, a day treatment center for mentally ill adults released from Northampton State Hospital.
 
1975
HAMH opened one of the first halfway houses in western Massachusetts for individuals ready to leave Northampton State Hospital, followed by additional residential programs, and subsequently, an outpatient psychotherapy and
medication clinic.
 
1976
Franklin/Hampshire Community Mental Health Center (F/HCMHC) was founded with funding through the federal Community Mental Health Act. Services included crisis intervention, day treatment, residential care, and
community education.
 
1983
Hampshire Day House added outpatient and other mental health services and consequently changed its name to Northampton Area Mental Health Services (NAMHS).
 
1983
HAMH expanded its array of services to include sheltering and housing services for homeless people and changed its name to Valley Programs
 
1991
Valley Programs and NAMHS merged. The merged agency kept the name of Valley Programs.
 
1995
Valley Programs and F/HCMHC merged. Their new name, ServiceNet, reflected the organization’s reconfiguration as a new regional integrated system of care for people with mental illness. Some programs from Amherst Resource Center also joined ServiceNet at this time.
 
2003
ServiceNet took over responsibility for Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s outpatient mental health services.
 
2009
ServiceNet took over Moving Forward, a batterers’ intervention program, formerly part of Men’s Resource Center of Amherst.
 
2009
ServiceNet and Meridian Associates merged.
 
2009
ServiceNet took over responsibility for Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s substance abuse programs.

2010

ServiceNet opens outpatient behavioral health clinics in Amherst, Pittsfield, and Holyoke.

2010

ServiceNet founds Prospect Meadow Farm, which enables people with developmental delays or mental illness to find meaningful activity through work.

2013

ServiceNet takes over responsibility for the homeless shelter and housing programs formerly run by Berkshire Community Action in Pittsfield.

2013

ServiceNet opens the Enrichment Center, a day program for people with brain injuries

2015

ServiceNet receives Department of Mental Health funding to start an innovative clinical program for young adults experiencing psychosis.