Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc. (BAMSI) is a private, non-profit human services organization providing services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illness, behavioral health, and public health needs.
Founded in 1975, BAMSI is in the business of “bringing people and services together.”
BAMSI transforms lives by building the capacity of individuals, families, organizations, and communities to learn, thrive, and achieve their goals. Our services promote the recovery, resiliency, and self-determination of the people we serve. As a human services leader, we strive to be the provider of choice. With an emphasis on respect and affirming the dignity of the individual, we assist persons served to manage whatever aspect of their life is causing concern. Persons served are offered choices and are empowered to make guided decisions at each step along their journey. They are encouraged to foster relationships in the community and within their families.
BAMSI believes all individuals and families have the ability to learn, grow, and succeed. We believe in providing multidisciplinary treatment with adherence to the highest ethical and professional standards. We believe in an environment of safety and respect for the value of each individual and the diversity of human experience. We believe in maximizing resourcefulness to expand services for an ever-changing community. We believe that all individuals benefit from achieving self-sufficiency.
Most importantly, we believe that our work matters. Therefore, we work as closely as possible with the people we serve and their families in their particular communities. As a result, we have hundreds of sites across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with services delivered through a growing workforce of nearly 1,800 employees. Most of our program sites are kept very small, providing a warm, inviting environment which better enables us to interact with individuals and families in a highly personalized manner.
CARF International has accredited BAMSI for the period of three years for the following programs:
- Community Housing: Mental Health (Adults)
- Day Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
- Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
- Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
- Supported Living: Mental Health (Adults)
- Community Services: Community Housing
- Community Services: Community Housing (Medically Fragile)
- Community Services: Community Integration
- Community Services: Supported Living
- Employment Services: Community Employment Services: Job Development
- Employment Services: Community Employment Services: Job Supports
- Employment Services: Community Employment Services: Job-Site Training
The three-year accreditation, which runs from January 2011 to January 2014, is the maximum level offered by CARF. This is the seventh consecutive three-year accreditation awarded to BAMSI. CARF is an independent, non-profit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation. Application for CARF accreditation is voluntary.
BAMSI is also licensed by the Massachusetts Departments of Developmental Services, Mental Health, Public Health, Housing and Community Development, Information and Referral Services, Early Education and Care, and Elementary and Secondary Education.
In March 2010, Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc. (BAMSI) celebrated its 35th anniversary of providing high-quality services throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. When it began, BAMSI was incorporated as a private, non-profit agency as a coordinated response to the shifting ideologies surrounding care of the developmentally disabled community. As a result of a 1955 study commissioned by Congress, “Action for Mental Health,” and the Community Mental Health Centers Act of 1963, signed by President John F. Kennedy, Massachusetts began to implement a community-based system of care in order to decentralize the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and set up a network of services within local communities so that people could receive support and assistance close to their homes, rather than in large isolated state hospitals.
In the spring of 1975, a public/private partnership evolved, joining together a public agency, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, with a private, non-profit agency, BAMSI, to create mental health programs designed to follow the federal decree that the rights of those with mental illness should be enabled and individuals given the opportunity to be placed in high-quality community services. BAMSI began to assemble a portfolio of services that would enable the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health to fulfill this commitment.
During its first five years, BAMSI added counseling and outpatient services, public health programs, information and referral services, and housing assistance. The number of persons served was approximately 1,500. Over the next 30 years, the agency grew to include HIV programs, Wraparound Family Services, brain injury services, and a variety of other supports. Currently, we serve more than 25,000 individuals per year. BAMSI has maintained its status as a leader in the human services industry, and will continue to improve and expand in order to provide the best possible services to the most individuals, consistent with our mission of improving the quality of individuals’ lives and their sense of self-worth.
To empower people and enrich their lives, through compassionate support and diverse services, one individual, one family at a time.
BAMSI’s growth and success is due, in part, to our philosophy that work done in partnership facilitates the sharing and mobilization of resources. Through cost-effective partnerships, BAMSI has been able to provide reasonable, high-quality programs that increase credibility while providing an effective mechanism for sharing and networking support to persons served.
The following is a partial list of those public and private agencies and organizations which support the invaluable work that we provide:
- Bostonian Solutions
- Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
- Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center
- Clipper Ship Foundation
- Cities and Towns of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including:
- Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
- The Department of Children and Families
- The Department of Developmental Services
- The Department of Early Education & Care
- The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- The Department of Housing and Community Development
- The Department of Mental Health
- The Department of Public Health
- The Department of Transitional Assistance
- The Division of Medical Assistance
- The University of Massachusetts Medical Center
- Community Development Block Grant Funding
- Dorn Family Trust
- David Carvalho
- Enterprise Charitable Foundation
- George E. Curtis Charitable Trust
- Howard Fund – Home for Aged Men
- Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership
- Newman’s Own Foundation
- Old Colony Planning Council
- Pilgrim Foundation
- Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office
- Salem Five Bank
- Sheehan Family Foundation
- Signature Healthcare – Brockton Hospital
- United Way of Greater Plymouth County
- United States Department of Agriculture – Food and Nutrition Programs
- United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
- United States Department of Health and Human Services
Understanding the critical role that cultural competence plays in our day-to-day work, BAMSI is certified by the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office as a minority-owned, not-for-profit corporation which embraces the belief that family voice and choice matter. At BAMSI, promoting and supporting diversity enriches not only our services, but the communities where we live and work and the lives of those we serve. BAMSI is dedicated to integrating skills, attitudes, and policies to ensure that we are addressing the needs of individuals and families with diverse values, beliefs, and sexual orientations, in addition to backgrounds that vary by race, ethnicity, religion, and language.
BAMSI’s commitment to cultural competency includes:
- A Board of Directors with a majority of members representing the ethnically diverse populations of persons served by BAMSI
- Advisory boards with membership reflective of the populations being served
- Enrollment and educational materials in different languages, consistent with the needs of the populations we serve
- Language support services and translation services
- Standards for recruiting and hiring culturally competent staff
- Treatment modalities that are acceptable and sensitive to language and cultural factors, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation
- A quality monitoring program that evaluates the quality of services and outcomes with respect to culturally diverse populations
- Regular cultural competency trainings
We understand that meeting the needs of diverse individuals, families, and communities also requires a workforce that is composed of a wide variety of perspectives, viewpoints, and backgrounds. BAMSI is committed to building a team of talented professionals from different backgrounds and cultures. We value these differences and provide the necessary support for each employee to do his or her best work.