Team leader Shantae Holmes (Director of DEI; Administration):
Team leader, Emily Tompkins (Special Projects Manager; Administration):
This was formed in response to the murder of George Floyd. This discussion group creates a brave space for BSCS staff to discuss Anti-Racist topics through readings, podcasts, documentaries and more. These conversations are peer-led, and meetings are held bi-weekly.
The BSCS founding agencies were brought to life by grass roots initiatives, forged by local citizens and community leaders who recognized the impact of substance use and behavioral health on the wellbeing of our children, families, and communities.
As non-traditional service providers, our founding agencies offered street outreach, a crisis hotline, and opened the first homeless shelter for youth in the Commonwealth to ensure that all youth had a safe, understanding, and caring place.
Our founding agencies came together to form BSCS. BSCS remains committed to honoring the history of our founders, by continuing to provide innovative and quality, non-traditional services, including outreach, prevention, clinical, and residential care.
Programs and services continue to grow as the state reformed the child serving system. BSCS was selected to provide comprehensive child and family services. In addition, BSCS expanded our social justice services to address the needs of individuals who had come to the attention of law enforcement.
Our supports of children and families continued to grow with The Diane DeVanna Center and Beal Street Residential programs joining BSCS. As the opioid epidemic was devastating our communities, BSCS was at work providing Peer Recovery Centers, Prevention Services, Specialized Substance Use Treatment Programs and ensuring access to Narcan.
While we continue to grow, we have not lost our core belief to offer quality, non-traditional, and accessible services to all in need. With over 80 programs in almost 30 locations, we are committed to offering services that meet the needs of everyone in our communities.
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