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COMFORTABLE ­SURROUNDINGS: This is a rendering of what the 25-bed short-stay unit at Butler Hospital will look like when completed. The unit is expected to ease the demand on emergency departments at local hospitals that are treating people with behavioral health care needs. 
COURTESY BUTLER HOSPITAL

Short-stay unit at Butler to ease burden at ERs

Normally, the auditorium at Butler Hospital in Providence is a gathering spot for conferences and panel discussions on behavioral health issues. But in early...

New bill introduced to increase insurance reimbursements to mental health providers

PROVIDENCE – A new bill introduced by a state lawmaker would increase the rate that insurance companies pay for outpatient mental health services. Under current...
VITAL SERVICE: Ashlee Austin, right, site inclusive health clinician at Thundermist Health Center, meets with a patient at the 
center’s West Warwick location.
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Mental health providers are overwhelmed in R.I.

As COVID-19 began to creep into Rhode Island in early 2020, Michelle Crossley saw a steady increase in emails from people wondering whether they...
THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION of Rhode Island released Thursday a new report highlighting the current state of behavioral health care in the Ocean State.

MHARI report: R.I.’s continuum of mental health care has ‘gaping holes’

PROVIDENCE – A new report released Thursday by the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island highlights what the association’s executive director describes as “gaping...
SOLUTION NEEDED: Susan E. Enck, a licensed clinical psychologist at Brown Medicine’s Warwick Primary Care, says the mental health system was near its breaking point before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s in crisis. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pleas to fix R.I.’s ‘broken’ behavioral health system

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, treatment providers, advocates and lawmakers are calling for Rhode Island to confront its problems with access to...
Laurie-Marie Pisciotta became executive director of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island in March 2019. The Providence-based nonprofit promotes mental health through advocacy, education and policy development. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Prioritize staff mental health

Laurie-Marie Pisciotta | Mental Health Association of Rhode Island executive director Make no mistake: Living through a pandemic the past two years has taken a toll...
AT A SECOND public comment meeting on the proposed Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System merger, many participants voiced concerns that the integrated health system, which would include Brown University, would monopolize the state's health care.

Monopoly concerns dominate second Lifespan-CNE public comment meeting

PROVIDENCE – Throughout a two-hour meeting held on Wednesday on the proposed Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System merger, many attendees raised...

MHARI: State lacks diversity among mental health workers

PROVIDENCE – The Mental Health Association of Rhode Island on Thursday said the state needs a more diverse pool of behavioral health care workers...
RETAINING PROVIDERS: Jennifer Gaviria, co-founder of the Latino Mental Health Network of Rhode Island, says salaries for multilingual mental health providers need to be raised to retain them.  PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Study: Diversity crucial in mental-health field

Racial and ethnic minorities in Rhode Island are facing many barriers when seeking mental health treatment and services, according to a report released recently...

New report says racial, ethnic minorities in R.I. face barriers when...

PROVIDENCE – A newly published report says racial and ethnic minorities are facing many more barriers when accessing mental health treatment and services across...
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