Springfield, MA—Behavioral Health Network, Inc. (BHN) has been named one of The Boston Globe’s “2023 Top Places to Work in Massachusetts.” BHN has earned this designation for two consecutive years and is ranked #21 on the list of 25 companies in the largest company category. BHN is one of only two companies based in Western Massachusetts on the list.
BHN was also awarded recognition as a “Top Workplace for DE&I Practices 2023,” which recognizes a commitment shared throughout all levels of the organization to prioritizing a welcoming and inclusive culture, no matter one’s background.
The Top Workplace recognition is based on anonymous employee surveys that measure opinions about their company’s direction, execution, connection, management, work, pay and benefits, and engagement. The surveys are administered by Energage, the Exton, Pennsylvania-based employee research and consulting firm. Overall, more than 137,000 employees at 347 organizations completed surveys in Massachusetts.
According to Steve Winn, President, and CEO of BHN, “It is an honor to be recognized as a Top Workplace again this year and being recognized for DE&I practices is particularly rewarding. Our commitment to social justice values at BHN is strong, and the work of infusing the five pillars of social justice into all aspects of operations and culture is ongoing. Our highest priorities are providing high-quality care and supporting all aspects of our staff’s well-being. Receiving this award motivates us to continue ensuring that BHN staff continue to feel valued, respected, and appreciated.”
BHN employs more than 2,400 employees across Western Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties) and in Suffolk County. The organization serves 40,000 individuals annually with life challenges due to mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
BHN offers comprehensive benefits for its employees and is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, seeking to eliminate social and economic inequities. In 2022, BHN launched the Katherine B. Wilson Staff Excellence Fund, which supports the career and development of its workforce by providing funds for license preparation courses and fees, forgivable loans for tuition costs, community college courses and certificate programs, and online and live trainings.
As part of BHN’s commitment to Social Justice, the Career Pathways program was launched in 2023. By offering structured career development plans, this program helps break down barriers to advancement and fosters a culture of inclusivity and equal opportunity. The goal is to attract and retain more diverse staff, creating a more representative workforce that better reflects the communities BHN serves and meets the needs and expectations of stakeholders.
The companies that made the Globe’s list were divided into four categories based on the number of employees: small (50-99); medium (100-249); large (250-999); and largest (1,000 or more).
The Top Places to Work 2023 issue is published online at Globe.com/TopPlaces and in Globe Magazine on Sunday, December 3.
BHN has been providing behavioral health services to children and families in Western Massachusetts since 1938. The agency provides community-based services that include innovative, integrated whole-health models as well as traditional clinical and outpatient and therapeutic services, day treatment, addiction services, crisis intervention, and residential supports.