ServiceNet has a rich history, and has developed into the organization it is today after years of evolution, growth and expansion.

  • 1965

    1965 - Hampshire Association for Mental Health (HAMH) is Founded

    HAMH is founded as an advocacy organization to improve treatment for people with mental illness who are living in Northampton State Hospital.

  • 1973

    1973 - HAMH opens Hampshire Day House

    HAMH opens the Hampshire Day House, a day treatment program for adults who had resided at Northampton State Hospital.

  • 1975

    1975 - HAMH opens Halfway House

    HAMH opens one of the first halfway houses in western Massachusetts for individuals ready to leave Northampton State Hospital, and establishes additional residential programs.

  • 1976

    1976 - Franklin/Hampshire County Mental Health Center (F/HCMHC) is Founded

    Franklin/Hampshire Community Mental Health Center (F/HCMHC) is founded with funding from the federal Community Mental Health Act. Services include crisis intervention, day treatment, residential care, and community education.

  • 1977

    1977 - REACH Program is Founded

    REACH Early Intervention program is founded as a program for parents with children who are newborn to 3 years with developmental delays.

  • 1979

    1979 - Meridian Associates for Programs and Resources is Founded in Pittsfield

    Meridian’s range of services includes outreach, vocational, and residential programs.

  • 1983

    1983 - NAMHS

    Hampshire Day House opens additional outpatient and other mental health services and changes its name to Northampton Area Mental Health Services (NAMHS).

  • 1983

    1983 - Valley Programs

    HAMH expands services to include shelter and housing for homeless individuals and families, and changes its name to Valley Programs.

  • 1991

    1991 - Valley Programs and NAMHS merge

    Valley Programs and NAMHS merge, keeping the Valley Programs name.

  • 1992

    1992 - Belchertown State School is Closed

    This school is closed following a series of lawsuits, and funding is allocated for community-based programs for people with developmental disabilities.

  • 1995

    1995 - ServiceNet

    Valley Programs and F/HCMHC merge. The organization’s new name, ServiceNet, reflects the increasing breadth of the agency’s programs and services.  Amherst Resource Center programs also join ServiceNet at this time.

  • 1999

    1999 - HomeCare

    ServiceNet starts HomeCare, our own visiting nurse program specializing in medical care for people with mental health challenges and developmental disabilities.

  • 2003

    2003 - Outpatient Services Expanded in Greenfield

    ServiceNet assumes responsibility for Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s outpatient mental health services.

  • 2007

    2007 - ServiceNet opens Fit Together

    ServiceNet opens Fit Together, an exercise and wellness program specifically designed for people with mental health issues, brain injuries, and developmental disabilities.

  • 2009

    2009 - Meridian Associates joins ServiceNet

    Meridian Associates, an agency providing services primarily in Berkshire County, becomes part of ServiceNet.

  • 2009

    2009 - ServiceNet Acquires Residential Addiction Services Programs

    ServiceNet acquires Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s recovery houses in Greenfield and Orange, and its supportive housing program in Turners Falls.

  • 2010

    2010 - ServiceNet Opens New Outpatient Clinics

    ServiceNet opens additional behavioral health centers in Amherst and Pittsfield; the clinic in Chicopee is relocated to Holyoke.

  • 2010

    2010 - ServiceNet founds Prospect Meadow Farm

    ServiceNet purchases a farm in Hatfield to provide new vocational opportunities for people with disabilities.

  • 2013

    2013 - ServiceNet Acquires New Shelter and Housing Programs

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

  • 2013

    2013 - ServiceNet opens Enrichment Center

    ServiceNet opens the Enrichment Center in Chicopee, a rehabilitation and recreation program for people with brain injuries.

  • 2015

    2015 - PREP Program started

    ServiceNet receives Department of Mental Health funding to start the innovative PREP program for young adults who have experienced early psychosis (Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis).

  • 2017

    2017 - ServiceNet Opens Enrichment Center in Worcester County

    ServiceNet opens a second Enrichment Center, expanding brain injury day services to West Boylston.


Today, we’re proud to offer a wide array of services for people in need