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R.I. Department of Housing awards $10M to bolster winter homeless services,...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Housing on Wednesday awarded $10 million to 27 organizations to prevent and respond to homelessness through the first...
SELF ­IMPROVEMENT: Lori-Anne Wunschel is a staff member at the nonprofit Community Care Alliance in Woonsocket, helping adults with mental illness and substance use disorders, but a state pilot program is allowing her to pursue an advanced degree at no cost to her. 
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Pilot program gives lift to hopeful health workers

Lori-Anne Wunschel has logged more than 15 years working in social services and addiction counseling, helping countless clients, many with major traumas and minimal...
THE CRANSTON ARMORY closed as an emergency shelter on Monday. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE PRESERVATION

As Armory closes, state announces 100 additional shelter openings

PROVIDENCE – With the closure of the Cranston Street Armory emergency shelter on Monday, the state announced additional shelter options to serve around 100...

State-owned building in Woonsocket goes up for auction

WOONSOCKET – A state-owned downtown office building is being auctioned next month. The three-story building at 181 Cumberland St. is the current location of the...
SUDDEN BOOST: After the national suicide and crisis lifeline changed its number to a three-digit 988, monthly calls in Rhode Island increased 53% from 313 in December 2021 to 480 in December 2022. Pictured is Matthew Latondresse, 988 clinical supervisor at the BH Link call center in East Providence. The mural was done by artist Elizabeth Jweinat, who works under the name Lizzy $our. 
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Number change boosts calls to R.I. crisis lifeline

A little over six months since the national suicide and crisis lifeline trimmed down its number to an easy-to-remember 988, calls have been pouring...

CODAC mobile clinic continues to operate despite cease-and-desist order from city

WOONSOCKET – The future of the mobile clinic that has been operating on the property of the nonprofit Community Care Alliance in Woonsocket since...
RARE BREED: Dr. Thomas Bledsoe, a general internist and primary care physician at Brown Medicine’s East Providence Primary Care, says finding a primary care doctor such as him has become difficult for people in need of a new physician. Bledsoe is also president of the Rhode Island Medical Society.
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How to cure shortage of primary care docs?

When the phone rings at East Providence Primary Care, chances are there is someone in search of a new doctor on the other end. It...

New behavioral health center opens in Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET – A new multicultural behavioral health center serving children from multicultural backgrounds has opened in Pawtucket. Tides Family Services Inc. and Community Care Alliance...

BankNewport seeking bedding donations through ‘Kind Heart, Fresh Start’ campaign

NEWPORT – BankNewport recently launched its annual “Kind Heart, Fresh Start” donation campaign. The bank is collecting new bedding, including new pillows, pillowcases, pillow protectors,...
DOCTOR IS IN: Dr. Francesca Beaudoin works on her computer in an exam room inside CODAC Behavioral Healthcare’s new mobile treatment unit for opioid addiction.
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1st mobile unit deployed in R.I.’s addiction fight

John Hayes literally has a front-row seat to the widening demographics of opioid addiction. He’s a driver of CODAC Behavioral Healthcare’s new mobile clinic, a...
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