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SHOW OF HANDS: Rhode Island College social work student Julianna Alcantra, center, participates in the welcome event held by Atrévete Center of Excellence for Latinx/Hispanic Social Work Practice at the start of the fall semester. With her is, from the foreground, fellow students Vanessa Sanchez, Olivia Campos and Crissany Nazario. 
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Closing R.I.’s language gap in behavioral health care

When Joise Garzon embarked on her career several years ago after completing Rhode Island College’s Master of Social Work program, colleagues and acquaintances would...
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. 
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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...
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Clingham named 2023 Mental Health Hero of the Year

MEGAN N. CLINGHAM, director of the R.I. Office of the Mental Health Advocate, was presented with the 2023 Mental Health Hero of the Year...

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...

Mental Health Association of R.I. names Tanzi 2022 Legislator of the...

PROVIDENCE – Citing her long history of mental health advocacy, the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island has named Rep. Teresa A. Tanzi, D-South...
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...
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