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Abstract

In 1973 Hampshire Day House was established to provide day treatment to patients released from the Northampton State Hospital, which first opened as the Northampton Lunatic Asylum in 1858. As the Day House expanded its services it became known as the Northampton Area Mental Health Services (NAMHS). Valley Programs assumed responsibility for the operation of residential programs for deinstitutionalized individuals in Hampshire and Franklin counties in 1983, and seven years later the NAMHS and Valley Programs merged.

The collection consists of reports, financial records, board minutes, and correspondence for the Hampshire Day House.

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Northampton Area Mental Health Services Records
1970-1984
4 boxes (6 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 27
Background on Northampton Area Mental health Services

In 1970, Anthony Virgilo, aware that the Northampton School for Girls was about to vacate their campus, set out to fill a gap in the area's community mental health services by establishing a "comprehensive center with children's residential and adult outpatient services" on the site. The Associations for Mental Health and Retarded Citizens were enlisted to begin a lobbying the state to appropriate $1,000,000 to purchase the property.

During the three years of bureaucratic delays with the state, the Hampshire Day House committee searched for a temporary home and found it in the Conant House on Pomeroy Terrace. This temporary house became a day treatment facility, opening its doors on February 15, 1973, with funding from the state as well as local hospitals and citizens.

In 1974, the owners of the 11 buildings that made up the Northampton School for Girls, tired of delays from the state, sold the property to a local church and private investors. The mental health community responded with frustration and anger. In the wake of protests, the state agreed to buy seven of the buildings recently sold and renovate those for the program.

In 1975, however, just as the Hampshire Day House thought they were finally going to begin the renovation process, the buildings were vandalized, and plumbing, heating and even the electrical fixtures were destroyed, making the buildings uninhabitable. With no more funds to rent and the threat of having the Conant House sold right out from underneath them, Mental Health Commissioner Goldman stepped in. Without delay, he offered to finance HDH's stay at 71 Pomeroy Terrace for the next five years while the Northampton School for Girls property was renovated.

In 1979, the Department of Mental Health Services received approval to renovate the Hathaway House, located on the property of the former School for Girls, and offered it as a permanent home to the Hampshire Day House. On December 12, 1982, days before HDH was set to move to their new location, the building was destroyed in a fire.

Despite the delays and acts of vandalism, the Hampshire Day House continued to thrive and provide services to those who needed them. It became a safe haven for the mentally ill where they were provided with group activities, arts and crafts, therapeutic sessions, and trips to local areas of interest.

In 1983, Hampshire Day House expanded its services to including outpatient and other mental health services and changed its name to Northampton Area Mental Health Services (NAMHS). Over the next twelve years, the newly named NAMHS merged two more times, resulting in its current name ServiceNet. Currently they have expanded its services to the local community from mental health services to behavioral health services, addiction and abuse.

Contents of Collection

The records of the Northampton Area Mental Health Services offer insight into the administrative management of the program. With an emphasis on the financial operation and its partnership with the Department of Mental Health, the collection does not focus on client treatment or services. Materials included are correspondence, minutes, newspaper articles, audits, financial documents, and mental health manuals/procedures, representing the Hampshire Day House from its conception in 1970 to its merger in 1983 with Northampton Area Mental Health Services.

Collection inventory
Accounting System Specifications for Department of Mental Health Vendors
1981
Box 1: 1
Annual Report for Ambulatory Care Facilities
1974
Box 1: 2
Annual Report to Board of Directors and Staff
1984
Box 1: 3
Blue Cross Reimbursment Agreement
1977
Box 1: 4
Board Letters of Resignation
1976-1979
Box 1: 5
Board Members Listing: Board Members Business Letters
1974-1977
Box 1: 6
Business Letters
1974-1978
Box 1: 7
Business Services for Medicine INC.: Proposal for Hampshire Day House
1981
Box 1: 8
Certificate of Corporate Vote
1975-1977
Box 1: 9
Certificate of Existance
1975-1978
Box 1: 10
Community Client Record System Handbook
1980
Box 1: 11
Congressional Correspondence: City Hall Correspondence
1981
Box 1: 12
Connecticut General Insurance Reimbursment Justification
1981
Box 1: 13
Consent Decree, Determination of Funding Adequacy and Justification
1980
Box 1: 14
Contract for Lease: Correspondence
1979-1984
Box 1: 15
Contract Proposal
1979-1981
Box 1: 16
Contract Procurment Manual
1980
Part 1
Box 1: 17
Contract Procurment Manual
1980
Part 2
Box 1: 18
Contract Procurment Manual
1980
Part 3
Box 1: 19
Contract Procurment Manual
1980
Part 4
Box 1: 20
Control Data Medical Services
undated
Box 1: 21
Cost Reporting
1978-1981
Box 1: 22
Daily Hampshire Gazette Newspaper Clipping
1981
Box 1: 23
Department of mental Health Adequacy Request and Instruction
1982
Box 1: 24
Department of Mental health Affirmative Action
1981
Part 1
Box 1: 25
Department of Mental Health Affirmative Action
1981
Part 2
Box 1: 26
Department of Mental Health Affirtative Action Plan
1981
Box 1: 27
Department of Mental Health Office Correspondence
1981
Box 1: 28
Department of Mental Health Approval Services
1977
Box 1: 29
Department of Mental Health Central Office Bulletins
1981
Box 1: 30
Department of Mental Health Contracts/Amendments
1981
Box 1: 31
Department of Mental Health Contract Draft Budget
1982
Box 1: 32
Department of Mental Health Contract and Amended Budgets
1982
Box 1: 33
Department of Mental Health Contract Ammendment
1981
Box 1: 34
Department of Mental Health Contract and Amendment B
1982
Box 1: 35
Department of Mental Health Contracts and Ammendments
1981-1982
Box 1: 36
Dempartment of Mental Health Contract Forms
1983
Box 1: 37
Department of Mental Health Contract Proposal and Adolescent Placement
1981
Box 1: 38
Department of Mental Health Contract Package Forms and Cleaning Contract
1981-1982
Box 1: 39
Department of Mental Health Correspondence, Agreement and Financial Agreements
1981
Box 1: 40
Department of Mental Health, Mental Health Regulations Draft
1981
Box 2: 1
Department of Mental Health Partnership Agreement and Operating Manual
1977
Box 2: 2
Department of Mental Health Partnership Agreement
1977-1978
Box 2: 3
Department of Mental Health Partnership Agreements
1980
Box 2: 4
Department of Mental Health Partnership Agreement
1982
Box 2: 5
Department of Mental Health Trust Fund Memorandom
1979
Box 2: 6
Department of Public Health, Annual Mental Health Report
1978
Box 2: 7
Department of Public Health, Application for Determination of Need
undated
Box 2: 8
Employer's Quarterly Report
1976-1979
Box 2: 9
Executive Office of Health Services, General Conditions
undated
Box 2: 10
Fair Information Practices Act
1975
Box 2: 11
Federal Census of Service
1977
Box 2: 12
Federal Tax Return
1976-1981
Box 2: 13
Federal Tax Return Correspondence
1980-1981
Box 2: 14
Fight Mental Illness Correspondence
1971
Box 2: 15
Fight Mental Illness Correspondence
1972
Box 2: 16
Fight Mental Illness Correspondence
1973
Box 2: 17
Fight Mental Illness Correspondence
1974
Box 2: 18
Finance Commitee
1981-1982
Box 2: 19
Fire Damage Reports and Correspondence
1981
Box 2: 20
First Draft Position Paper on the Northampton State Hospital Consent Decree
1976
Box 2: 21
Fiscal Record Correspondence
1981-1982
Box 2: 22
Fiscal Record Correspondence
1981-1982
Box 2: 23
Hampshire County Purchasing Department
1981-1982
Box 2: 24
Hampshire Day House: 10th Anniversary Celebration Invitations
1983
Box 2: 25
Hapshire Day House: Agreements and Correspondence
1979
Box 2: 26
Hampshire Day House: Annual Board Picnic
1980
Box 2: 27
Hampshire Day House: Annual Dinner
1979
Box 2: 28
Hampshire Day House: Audit Report
1979
Box 2: 29
Hampshire Day House: Audit Correspondence
1982
Box 2: 30
Hampshire Day House: Balance Sheet and Financial Data
1978-1983
Box 2: 31
Hampshire Day House: Balance Sheet and Financial Statement
1980
Box 2: 32
Hampshire Day House: Board Correspondence
1980
Box 2: 33
Hampshire Day House: Board Minutes
1979
Box 2: 34
Hampshire Day House: Board Minutes
1980
Box 2: 35
Hampshire Day House: Board Financial Data
1979
Box 2: 36
Hampshire Day House: Budget for Fiscal Year
1980
Box 2: 37
Hampshire Day House: Contract with an Individual
1980
Box 2: 38
Hampshire Day House Correspondence
1982
Box 2: 39
Hampshire Day House: Correspondence
1980
Box 2: 40
Hampshire Day House: Correspondence, Client Reviews and House Details
1981
Box 2: 41
Hampshire Day House: Correspondance
1981
Box 2: 42
Hampshire Day House: Correspondence and Contract Manual
1982
Box 2: 43
Hampshire Day House: Financial Development Correspondence
1980
Box 2: 44
Hampshire Day House: Fire and Sdafety Inspection Certificate
1980
Box 2: 45
Hampshire Day House Grant Writing Data and Fundraising Data
1980
Box 2: 46
Hampshire Day House: History
1970-1982
Box 2: 47
Hampshire Day House: Letter of Approval and Agreement
1974-1981
Box 3: 1
Hampshire Day House: Board Data
1982
Box 3: 2
Hampshire Day House: Brochure
undated
Box 3: 3
Hampshire Day House: Personnel Policies and Procedures
1981
Box 3: 4
Hampshire Day House: Rules and Regulations
undated
Box 3: 5
Hampshire Day House: Seminar for Community Mental Health Workers- Syllabus
1981
Box 3: 6
Hampshire Day House: Sheet and Statement of Proft and Loss
1979
Box 3: 7
Hampshire Day House and Valley Education Accociation Correspondence
1982
Box 3: 8
Hampshire County Purchasing Department Orders and Correspondence
1980
Box 3: 9
Hampshire Employment and Training Center
1981
Box 3: 10
Hampshire United Way Campaign Pamphlets
1981
Box 3: 11
Hampshire United Way Correspondence
1981
Box 3: 12
Health Funds Development Letter
1981
Box 3: 13
Images, Sheila and Dick Fish Photographs
undated
Box 3: 14
Images
undated
Box 3: 15
Insurance Policy: Automotive
1979-1981
Box 3: 16
Insurance Policy: Theft, Fire, and Casualty
1975-1982
Box 3: 17
Insurance: Workmen's Compensation
1975-1980
Box 3: 18
Inter-Agency Agreement
1979
Box 3: 19
IRS Correspondence
1982
Box 3: 20
IRS Forms
1976-1982
Box 3: 21
Loans, Programs, and Budget Cuts
1981
Box 3: 22
Malparactice Insurance
1980
Box 3: 23
Managment, Grant Workshops and Courses
1981
Box 3: 24
Managment Information Systems
1979
Box 3: 25
Managment Information System, Reporting System
1979
Box 3: 26
Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Inc.
1980
Box 3: 27
Massachusetts Association for Mental Health Correspondence
1979
Box 3: 28
Massachusetts Association for Mental Health Tax Survey
1978-1981
Box 3: 29
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health "07" Vendor Contract Manual
1983
Box 3: 30
Massachusetts Department of Revenue
1981
Box 3: 31
Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Correspondence
1979
Box 3: 32
Massachusetts Department of Public Charities Report
1979-1981
Box 3: 33
Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate
1980-1981
Box 3: 34
Medical Assistance Program Provider Manual Series, Correspondence
1979-1983
Box 3: 35
Medical Assistance Program Manual Series
1974-1979
Box 3: 36
Medical Report Receipts
1981
Box 3: 37
Merrill Lynch Ready Assets
1979-1980
Box 3: 38
Minutes of Finance Committee
1979
Box 3: 39
Newspaper Clippings
1971-1974
Box 3: 40
Newspaper Clippings
1971-1974
Box 3: 41
Newspaper Clippings
1982-1984
Box 3: 42
Northampton Institution for Savings Deposit Receipts and Bank Statements
1980
Box 3: 43
Northampton Planning Department
1975
Box 3: 44
Petty Cash
1981
Box 3: 45
Partnership Corporation Contract Manual
undated
Box 3: 46
Quality Assurance Visit to Hampshire Day House
1981
Box 3: 47
Rate Setting Uniform Cost Report, Audit Report
1979-1980
Box 3: 48
Renovations to Hathaway House- Mental Health Area Office
1981
Box 3: 49
Response to State Auditors Report
1982
Box 3: 50
Revenue Retention Spending Plan
1978-1979
Box 4: 1
Service Coordination Manual
1980
Box 4: 2
Smith College Correspondence
1980
Box 4: 3
Social Agencies Correspondence
1980
Box 4: 4
Special Permit and Zoning Information
1979
Box 4: 5
Staff and Board Minutes
1981
Box 4: 6
Statisitical Form for Law Suit
1979
Box 4: 7
Tax Returns
1978-1980
Box 4: 8
Title XX Correspondence and Amendment
1975
Box 4: 9
Town Funding Data
1981
Box 4: 10
Town Funding
1974-1975
Box 4: 11
Town Funding Statistics and Genral Information
1981
Box 4: 12
Uniform Cost Report
1980
Box 4: 13
Valley Health Plan
1979-1981
Box 4: 14
Wage and Salary Study
1980
Box 4: 15
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Cite as: Northampton Area Mental Health Services (MS 27). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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