Elder Mental Health Outreach Team

The goal of the Elder Mental Health Outreach Team (EMHOT) is to address the unmet behavioral health needs of older adults who live in Berkshire County. The program model offers short-term, flexible, person-centered interventions for individuals 60 years of age or older. Older adults do not need to receive other support from Elder Services to qualify.

What Type Of Support Is Offered By The EMHOT?

The clinician can help older adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, isolation, unresolved trauma, and overuse of alcohol or other substances. Services may include 1:1 counseling in the setting of the older adult’s choice, help securing benefits and other services, support groups, and caregiver support along with referrals for longer-term behavioral health supports.

How Much Does This Service Cost?

There is no fee for EMHOT services nor will your insurance be charged. To make a referral to the EMHOT program or for more information, please call (413) 499-0524.

Support Groups offered by the EMHOT program

Navigating the New Normal-hosted by the Pittsfield Council on Aging.  This in-person group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 11:00 am-12:00 pm.  Facilitated by an EMHOT clinician, individuals over the age of 60 discuss and support each other as they learn to navigate our world since COVID-19.

Caregiver Support-hosted by the Williamstown Council on Aging.  This in-person group meets the first Thursday of each month from 1:30 pm-2:30 pm. Facilitated by an EMHOT clinician, this group offers caregivers over 60 or those caring for someone over 60 a safe space to share information and ideas while offering each other support.

Funding for this project has been produced in part from a grant awarded to the Massachusetts Councils on Aging by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.