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A need to flatten the mental health curve

The mental health crisis triggered by COVID-19 is escalating rapidly. One example: When compared with a 2018 survey, U.S. adults are now eight times...
GROWING ­CONCERN: Crisis phone screeners Alechi Wali, left, and Lydia Villafana take calls at the state-run BH Link call center in East Providence. The center, which fields calls from people experiencing a mental health or behavioral health need, has seen calls related to the COVID-19 pandemic increase in recent weeks. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Pandemic raises workload for mental health agencies

During the first week of March at the BH Link call center in East Providence, about 3.5% of the roughly 40 calls that came...

Report: Out-of-network visits for mental health, substance use remain high in...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders regularly venture out of network for mental health care and substance-use treatment, according to a national report released last week. The...

Events held to raise awareness of substance use, celebrate recovery

PROVIDENCE – A number of events focused on increasing awareness and understanding of mental health and substance-use disorders are planned across the state this...

Pisciotta named new executive director of Mental Health Association of R.I.

LAURIE-MARIE PISCIOTTA was recently named executive director of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island. The Providence-based organization promotes mental health, with the goal...

DHHS grants R.I. $9M to expand, coordinate mental health youth outreach

PROVIDENCE — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $9 million, five-year grant to the R.I. Department of Education and...
IN FAVOR: Dr. James K. Sullivan, left, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Butler Hospital in Providence, speaks with Charles Alexandre, chief nursing officer. Sullivan spoke to the General Assembly in favor of a bill that would require parity in insurance between mental health and physical health for general practitioner services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Parity seen lacking in mental, physical care

By law, mental or behavioral health and physical health should be treated with parity by insurers but Rhode Island lawmakers and insurance professionals say...
THE PROVIDENCE POLICE department has been awarded a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to work with The Providence Center and Roger Williams University to create a strategy to reduce recidivism in the use of emergency services by those suffering from alcohol or drug addiction and mental health issues.

PPD gets $700K Smart Policing Innovation Grant from D.O.J.

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Police Department received $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Smart Policing Initiative: Smart Policing Innovation Grant, the PPD announced...
THE KENT CENTER and Riverwood Mental Health Services of Warren have officially merged.

The Kent Center merges with Riverwood Mental Health Services

WARWICK – The Kent Center for Human and Organizational Development Inc. of Warwick and Riverwood Mental Health Services of Warren have officially merged the...

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