Golden Years Behavioral Health Group, located in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts is excited to announce the addition of its recently licensed behavioral health outpatient services. Golden Years Outpatient services will
provide counseling and support to community members in need of addiction, mental health, and other behavioral health services.
Tracy Mineo, Executive Vice President of Golden Years Behavioral Health Services is a Masters level licensed alcohol and drug counselor with 26 years experience in the addiction and behavioral health field. Tracy is the current President of the Western Massachusetts Addiction Providers Association and taught at WSU for 5 years as an instructor in their Alcohol Certification Education program. Tracy’s most recent work experience was as
Senior Program Manager for Behavioral Health Network Inc. responsible for the development and oversight of their Hampden County residential addiction treatment programs; these programs provide addiction and mental health
services for adults. Prior to BHN, Tracy worked for Phoenix Houses of New England working with both the adult and adolescent residential treatment population. Tracy’s roles and experience have allowed her to develop collaborative working relationships with probation and parole departments, jails, DCF, and other agencies throughout Massachusetts in order to provide collaborative support for those needing services.
Deborah Rodriquez, Director of Clinical Services of Golden Years Behavioral Health Services LLC, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 13 years of experience working with populations at risk and co-occurring
disorders in the Greater Springfield area. She earned a Master’s Degree from University of Connecticut School of Social Work and her undergraduate degree from Westfield State College. Her varied professional experience with behavioral health ranges from community mental health services and advocacy as well as extensive relationship-building with community members and leaders. She has held roles as Behavioral Health Specialist for Commonwealth Care Alliance;
was a former Forensic Mental Health Counselor for the Hampden County House of Corrections; served as program coordinator for New North Citizens Council’s prevention program Latinas Imitating Positive Steps. Currently, Deborah is an academic advisor and adjunct professor for Our Lady of Elms Social Work Program and holds a private practice where she offers
traditional and faith based approaches in counseling.
Tracy Mineo stated, “This is a time when services are needed more than ever. First responders and others are being traumatized and re-traumatized on a daily basis due to COVID 19, civil unrest, and other monumental issues we are being faced with daily. Even in the best of circumstances, many deal with trauma, anxiety, and insecurity, as well as addiction,on a daily basis… when we add the onslaught of what is happening, all the aforementioned are magnified. Without needed services and supports in place, those needing them are left to struggle alone… we have a responsibility to ensure that those
needing support and services receive them.”