By Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - An eleventh-hour settlement has averted a strike at a mental health and substance abuse treatment center in Pittsfield.

The union representing clinicians and direct care workers at The Brien Center said they were on the job Monday after reaching a deal with management that calls for a 7 percent increase over three years.

The agreement, which must still be ratified by the full union, prevented a walkout at Berkshire County’s largest provider of behavioral health services.

The Brien Center has also agreed to create a new “overflow” facility to expand services for children.

According to its website, the center treated about 10,000 people last year, including 4,000 children.

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