Administrative Offices
788 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-7924
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For Initial Referral Or Questions Please Contact:
Jackie Mercado,
Admissions Coordinator
Phone: (413) 499-7924 x122
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Ted Gidarakos,
Director
Phone: (413) 499-7924 x 150
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Welcome School Administrators

Thank you for considering Hillcrest for your students. We are here to help make your job easier while providing the best possible care for your students.

For many years Hillcrest has successfully served students with complex psychiatric, behavioral and/or developmental disorders who may exhibit a multitude of high-risk behaviors.

We understand the circumstances prompting a referral can be serious, and that families, workers, and other caregivers often seek our services with great urgency. Therefore, our Admissions Department staff make every effort to assure that referring agencies and families are well-informed of every aspect of our care and have ample opportunity to meet program staff and students, tour our facilities, and have their questions answered in a timely manner. It is very important that all parties involved, –– and especially families and caregivers ––, are as comfortable as possible with their child’s placement.

Admissions Process

Referrals are screened by an interdisciplinary team and each prospective student is assessed in person. Though great care is taken to assure our students are thoroughly reviewed for appropriate services, we do our best to respond quickly and efficiently.

Interested agencies should submit a referral packet containing the following:

• Current IEP
• Psychological evaluation;
• Psychiatric evaluation/write-up;
• Current medical information (to minimally include, recent physical exam, immunizations, medication list, allergies);
• Social history;
• Treatment summaries;
• Other documents relevant to child’s case.

Within 24 hours of receipt of the packet, we will conduct an initial screening. If we feel we can meet the child’s needs, an interview will be scheduled to assess his or her appropriateness for one of our programs. Following the assessment, Admissions Dept. staff will review the referral with the interdisciplinary team resulting in a final decision. If student is accepted, the referring agency will be notified and the admissions packet will be sent.

We welcome all inquiries or requests for further information.

Admissions and Referrals
Admissions Staff Contact Information:
Mailing Address:

Admissions Coordinator
Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.
788 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
E-mail:admissions@hillcrestec.org
Admissions Fax: (413) 442-4677

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Visits and Transportation Services
Hillcrest transports students for home visits to areas reaching as far as Pennsylvania and Maine. We provide, supervised, unsupervised, overnight and extended visitation on a case-by-case basis. We also help to transport families to the campus for treatment-planning meetings as well as for visitation for those who may not be able to visit off-campus. Students are transported to any and all appointments, meetings, interviews, and court appearances.

Each month family activities are held on each campus. Transportation to campus is provided for any family without transportation. Whether we are picking them up at their doorstep or providing tickets to travel via train or bus, even staying overnight with their children in a nearby hotel, Hillcrest uses many resources to help our students and their families stay in touch.