Archive | May 2015

Hillcrest’s 14th Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament


PITTSFIELD, Mass. May 27, 2015- With lead support from MountainOne Bank, Hillcrest Educational Centers’ 14th Annual Fall Classic Golf benefit will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015 at Wahconah Country Club in Dalton, MA. The rain date is Friday, October 2nd.

The tournament will have a morning and afternoon shotgun start and scramble format. Individual and partial teams are welcome. A silent auction and raffle will be held in addition to many contests including longest drive for men and women, closest to pin on par threes and a free skins pool. Participation fee is $175 per player and includes golf cart, green fees, breakfast, lunch, premium player gift and festive dinner.

Click here to register, visit or contact Sheila Mason, or 413-499-7924 extension 133.

About Hillcrest Educational Foundation
A top area employer, Hillcrest Educational Foundation is a private not-for-profit agency, serving students from across the country. Hillcrest was started as an organization that provided residential programs for students with complex psychiatric, behavioral and/or developmental disorders, including autism, and a variety of high-risk behaviors. While the agency still provides these residential services, today Hillcrest also offers nonresidential day programs and services for emotionally/behaviorally disturbed students at their Housatonic Academy, general family dentistry at Hillcrest Dental Care and outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents and adults through Hillcrest Community Support Services. Hillcrest’s Administrative Offices are located at 788 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. More information is available at

About MountainOne Bank
Founded in 1848, MountainOne Bank has assets of over $800 million and provides a broad range of banking services to personal and business customers. MountainOne Bank has three full service offices serving the Berkshires, three serving Boston South, and one serving Boston North. MountainOne Bank is a subsidiary of MountainOne Financial, a mutual holding company headquartered in North Adams, MA. The following companies operate as divisions of MountainOne Bank: Coakley, Pierpan, Dolan & Collins Insurance; True North Insurance; and True North Financial (financial professionals offering securities and advisory services through Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor).


Media Contact:
Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.
Katrina Cardillo
Director of Communications
413-499-7924 ext. 114

Hillcrest Community Support Services

Experience the Difference
The everyday stresses that we live with can often be overwhelming. Hillcrest Community Support Services (HCSS) has licensed and professionally trained staffed that are focused on improving our community by providing outpatient behavioral health care services for children, adolescents and adults. Hillcrest has been a leader in the field working with children, parents and families for over 25 years. The success of HCSS is based on utilizing the best available research and evidence-based practices combined with extensive experience.

GirlwDandelionWith the right approach, people can and do live healthier, happier lives. Hillcrest Community Support Services offers a full range of comprehensive behavioral health therapy to all ages, including couples and families. HCSS assists individuals in meeting their goals by providing services that have been proven to work and are delivered with skill, respect and compassion.

The HCSS Staff
Each staff member is committed to providing services in a confidential and supportive environment. Our providers include clinical psychologists, including specialization in neuropsychology and licensed independent clinical social workers.

Contact Us
Hillcrest Community Support Services
Tel: (413) 499-2031 Fax: (413) 442-4677

Hillcrest’s Brookside Intensive Treatment Unit

The Brookside Intensive Treatment Unit strives to break the debilitating cycle of multiple failed placements and repeated hospitalizations experienced by our students.

We provide crisis stabilization and comprehensive diagnostic assessment services for children with severe behavioral and psychiatric challenges. Each student referred to the Brookside ITU (ages 6-18 at intake) has a unique history and combination of needs that require us to provide highly specialized and individualized services. Our high staffing ratios, small classrooms, and lower clinical caseloads allow us to personalize a plan that allows each child to build upon their strengths and prepare for a less restrictive setting. Within the first 45-day stabilization/evaluation period, we will conduct a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessment, leading to recommendations for continued care – be it step down to one of our less-restrictive campuses, return to the child’s home community or, if necessary, continued care at our more intensive level of supervision at the ITU. Hillcrest is committed to learning what works for students to ensure that their continued progress, stability and permanency goals are fully supported.

The Brookside Intensive Unit is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Great Barrington, MA. The campus is a large facility in a rural setting, with access to many recreational and cultural activities. We believe that an active, engaged student is more likely to succeed and encourage participation in diverse activities including hiking, theater, music, canoeing and challenge activities on our high-ropes course. As our students exhibit safe behaviors we encourage involvement in the surrounding community as deemed appropriate by the treatment team – of which families and guardians are an active part.

Check out a virtual tour of our campus:

Hillcrest Dental Care


Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, general family dentistry practice providing preventative dentistry and compassionate, quality dental treatment to meet each patient’s individual needs. We believe every patient deserves our focused attention and best efforts to provide him/her with a very positive experience and outcome. The practice depends on the success of these efforts.

A comprehensive approach to dental care is the foundation of our practice. At Hillcrest, we feature a quality and service-oriented practice that offers all phases of dentistry. Hillcrest Dental Care dentists provide patients with thorough diagnosis and treatment options, offering state-of-the-art procedures and techniques to complete patient care. We offer expert care with minimum discomfort and promote regular preventive care so patients can enjoy a lifetime of good dental health.

The Hillcrest Dental Care practice has eight treatment rooms, state-of-the-art equipment and a highly-trained staff. We are conveniently located at 788 South Street in Pittsfield, MA and recently opened a North Adams, MA location. The Pittsfield office is open Monday through Friday from     7:50 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the North Adams office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:50 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

ToothFebruary was National Children’s Oral Health Month
Hillcrest Dental Care took part in National Children’s Oral Health Month by visiting students in several elementary schools in Berkshire County with support from donations from Greylock Federal Credit Union & TD Charitable Foundation.  Registered dental hygienists from Hillcrest Dental Care volunteered their time for the third consecutive year, to visit with local students to talk with them about good oral hygiene and nutrition.

According to the CDC, although there have been notable declines in tooth decay among children and adults over the past three decades, tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years (25%) and of adolescents aged 12 to 19 years (59%).  Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years (15%).

The Hillcrest Dental Care hygienists visit the schools and meet with pre-school through 4th grade classrooms and focus on teaching children that they are partners with them in caring for their teeth. Children learn how cavities can be avoided with a balanced diet, healthy snacks, and brushing and flossing each day. Regular dental check-ups are also a key to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Hillcrest Dental Operations Director Tricia Hunt said, “The good news is that tooth decay and other oral diseases that can affect children are preventable.  With the continued support from Greylock Federal Credit Union and TD Charitable Foundation, National Children’s Oral Health Month provides the ideal time to reach out to our community and provide education and materials on the importance of good oral health.  We look forward to continuing to do this year after year”.

Highpoint Program Campus Construction

coming-soonThe Highpoint campus located in Lenox, Massachusetts currently has an exciting physical plant upgrade in the works. We are in the process of adding a brand new dormitory to our existing student residence halls. The new dormitory was approved by the Town of Lenox in early 2014 and construction began in September of 2014. The new building will replace our existing Hilltop building which currently houses Fernbrook students.

Our new dorm is being constructed by a local firm based in Pittsfield, MA. Contractors are braving below zero temperatures and mountains of snow to ensure the dormitory project stays on schedule! The finished product will be a townhouse style building consisting of separate residences. Each residence will be able to house six students. The students who will live in the new building will each be provided a single bedroom.  Each dorm will have a large recreational area and living room on the first floor of their unit and the six single bedrooms will be located upstairs, above the recreational space. The dormitory will have upgraded safety and security measures making it a great benefit to the students of the Highpoint campus. The building will also house a separate supervisor’s office making supervisors centrally located for the staff and students to access.

We anticipate the new building being completed and ready for our students to move in by September of 2015. A celebration will be planned for Move In Day for our students and staff as well as a celebration to say goodbye to an existing but outmoded dorm.

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