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KATHRYN POWER, director of the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES & HOSPITALS

Five Questions With: Kathryn Power

Kathryn Power is the director of the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals. She discusses rising COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island...
Madalyn Ciampi in September became the first executive director of Providence Promise. The nonprofit, parent-driven organization was founded in 2018 and supports the post-secondary aspirations of Providence children and their families. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Keep staff well-being in focus

Madalyn Ciampi | Providence Promise executive director The COVID-19 crisis has impacted nearly every aspect of life, and the roles of many nonprofits have grown...
HEALTH CONSCIOUS: James Raiola, principal of James Raiola CFP and Associates, says many companies are looking for more options in wellness plans, including incentives for things such as keeping physically fit. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Amid the health crisis, a new focus on benefits

Six months ago, companies in Rhode Island that were worried about keeping talented employees were talking about salary increases and benefits enhancements. The job...
Psychotherapist Jennifer Weaver-Breitenbecher opened Polaris Counseling & Consulting in 2015. 
The mental health practice and wellness-consulting firm has 
offices in North Providence 
and East Greenwich. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Maintain focus on wellness

Jennifer Weaver-Breitenbecher | Polaris Counseling & Consulting LLC owner When first offered, working from home seemed like an ideal situation for many employees. Countless memes...

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...
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