History

BSCS was formed in 1991 through a merger of five community-based agencies that had an extensive history (over 100 years) of providing innovative, responsive, and accessible programming to the communities of Southeastern Massachusetts. Those agencies were: Survival Inc. of Weymouth, South Shore Council on Alcoholism of Quincy, Mayflower Mental Health Association of Plymouth, Center for Community Counseling and Education of Walpole, and Billings Human Services of Norwood.

Our founding agencies began in the early 1970s, brought to life by grass roots initiatives forged by local citizens and community leaders who recognized the devastating impact of substance use on our neighborhoods. These leaders brought communities together to address the needs of the individuals and families impacted by substance use disorders, behavioral health challenges and poverty. We started with 35 employees in two sites. Today, we have 350 committed and dedicated employees and approximately 80 programs in numerous locations, a result of our commitment to research and implement effective services and provide valuable resources for those in need.

State and federal officials categorize BSCS as a “safety net” agency. We are the last resource for the poor and underserved in our area. Without our agency, many individuals would be without any supports or resources. We have provided support for almost 50 years and are committed to continuing this proud tradition in the following areas: Child and Family Services, Outpatient Counseling, Substance Use Treatment and Recovery, Prevention and Intervention Resources, Rehabilitative Justice and Corrections, Residential Treatment, Day Treatment Programming, and by hosting peer driven community programs and Family Resource Centers.

Original BSCS partner logos

Our Service Delivery History Timeline

1970
Founding Partners:
• Survival, Inc. (Quincy)
• South Shore Council on Alcoholism (Quincy)

1971
Founding Partners:
• Billings Human Services(Norwood)
• Center for Community Counseling and Education (CCC&E) (Walpole)
• Mayflower Counseling Center (Plymouth)

1972
Whiteman House

1973
Odyssey Family Treatment Center

1974
Survival – Host Homes

1975
Driver Alcohol Education (DAE) – First Offender

1976
Second Offender Aftercare Program

1976
Family Team Intervention Model (Survival)

1978
Emergency Shelter Coalition

1979
South Shore Emergency Shelter (Teen Emergency Shelter)

1980
Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Center

1981
Adolescent Boys’ Home

1982
Child and Adolescent Outreach and Tracking and Intensive Family Intervention (Coastal & Plymouth)

1984
Intensive Adolescent Case Management

1988
Granite House

1990
Impact Quincy
Therapeutic Activities Program (TAP)

1991
Bay State Multi-Service Center (Mental Health License)
TEAM Program (Teaching, Educating, Assessing and Motivating)

1992
Child Specific Casework (Plymouth)

1993
Merger
BSCS’ Main office:15 Cottage Avenue in Quincy
Domestic Violence Program
Education Coordination (Coastal)
Family Stabilization Team (Coastal & Plymouth)
Lead Agency (Plymouth)
Outpatient Clinic

1994
Barnstable County House of Corrections
Youth Intervention Program

1995
Merger with Quincy Medical Center
Anger Management Programs for Youth and Adults
Fiscal sponsor for Blue Hills Community Health Network Alliance (CHNA 20)
Intensive Recovery Substance Abuse -Adult Program

1996
Community Support Program (CSP) (Coastal & Plymouth)
Family Stabilization Team (Coastal & Plymouth)
Lead Agency (Plymouth)
Childcare Program
Substance Abuse Education, Assessment and Referral Coordination for the Homeless (SEARCH)
Father Bills’ “Wet Shelter” Program
Tobacco Cessation Grant
Weymouth Clinic

1997
Norfolk County Community Corrections Center

1998
The Girls’ Center – Points of Light
Bristol County House of Corrections
MA Call for Action and Leadership (MassCall)
Mentoring Adolescent Action Team (MAAT)

1999
Intensive Tracking/Therapeutic Mentoring
Lead Agency-Coastal

2000
Suffolk County Women’s Resource Center
Tobacco Community Rehabilitation Program

2001
Asian Tobacco Outreach
Family Team Meeting (Plymouth)
Middlesex Community Resource Center (Cambridge & Lowell)
Parent Peer Advocate (Plymouth)

2002
Family Team Meeting (Coastal)
Cambridge Community Corrections

2003
Drug Free Community
Intensive Recovery Substance Abuse -Adolescent Program
Relocation of Main Office
MassCall 2

2004
Connections (latency age program)

2005
Separated from Quincy Medical Center Established Community Board of Directors
Wraparound Programs (Coastal & Plymouth)
Outreach and Prevention Grant

2006
Family Networks Education Consultant
Adult Community Support Program (CSP) (Coastal)
Brockton Resource Center
MassCall2

2007
Plymouth Resource Center
Plymouth STARR
Coastal STARR

2008
Summer Therapeutic Day Treatment

2009
Community Services Agency

2010
Narcan: Opioid Overdose Reversal Program
Plymouth Resource Center Contract Renewed
Youth Resident Joint Procurement – Caring Together

2011
Dianne DeVanna Center
Family Systems Intervention (FSI)

2012
Beal Street
Caring Together Continuum
Center for Strategic Prevention Support
Intensive Family Systems Intervention
Individual Youth Support
Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC)
Norfolk County Community Corrections
Parent Partner
Partnership for Success

2013
Statewide Contract in Collaboration with Education Development Corporation (EDC)
Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC)

2014
Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office
Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office – Re-Entry Case Management for Inmates Discharged Back to Community
Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office – Substance Abuse Services – Main Jail Dedham
Peer Recovery Center (A New Way)

2015
Family Resource Center (Quincy)
Intimate Partner Abuse Education
Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office -Re-Entry
Partnership for Success 2015
Prevention Wellness Trust Fund (CHNA)
Recovery Coaches – Quincy
Closed Weymouth Clinic

2016
Recovery Coaches in Emergency Department
Suffolk Community Corrections
Plymouth Community Corrections
Tobacco Free Community

2017
Create, Respect, Educate and Wellness (CREW)
Behavioral Health Community Partners (BHCP)
Norfolk DA Buyer Diversion Treatment Alternative Program and Healthy Decision Making Group
Intimate Partner Abuse Education
Families in Recovery (Recovery Center)
Mass Statewide Capacity

2018
First Steps Together
Eastern Bank – DeVanna Event Eastern Bank Foundation
Flexible Support Services
Mass Statewide Capacity
Middlesex Community Corrections (Woburn)
Norfolk County Community Corrections (Quincy)
Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office -Substance Use Disorders Services and Re-Entry
Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office – Substance Use Disorders Services
CHNA Manet

2019
Millennials in Recovery
Walpole Recovery Center (Turning Point)
Greater South Shore Behavioral Health Center

2020
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC)
Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)
Plymouth Family Resource Center

2021
Congregate Care Network: Beal
Congregate Care Network (Coastal STARR)
Congregate Care Network (Plymouth STARR)
Intensive Home-Based Therapeutic Care (IHBTC) – Canton
Intensive Home-Based Therapeutic Care (IHBTC) – Southeast
Therapeutic Group Care – Granite House
DPH-Prevention in Early Childhood
Office of Community Corrections – Boston Community Justice Support Center (renewal)
Office of Community Corrections – Plymouth Community Justice Support Center (renewal)