Thrive, based in Warwick at 2756 Post Road, is one of RI’s three nationally certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHC)s, serves individuals and their families including children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. CCBHCs provide person- and family-centered integrated services, improving the quality of life of communities.
The organization recently received a $4 million, two-year grant to increase access to and improve the quality of community mental health and substance use disorder treatment services at CCBHCs.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked unprecedented fear and anxiety making this a crucial time to expand access to substance use and mental health support for Rhode Islanders,” said the members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, including Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) in a joint statement announcing the grant.
The grant awarded $4 million to Newport Mental Health as well, also a CCBHC.
Thrive has implemented telehealth as an effective way to monitor clients’ mental health, adjust medications, and conduct cognitive behavioral therapy. Thrive doesn’t turn anyone away. If an individual does not have insurance, there are several grant-funded options for which they may be eligible, including programs for individuals who have been victimized by crime or by a traumatic event.
“Teletherapy is proving to be a very effective service delivery system for treating mental health and substance use problems,” stated G. James Manko, Program Manager of Thrive’s Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health. “Many of our clients actually prefer it to face to face therapy as it removes many barriers to access.”
Thrive Behavioral Health offers counseling, case management, psychiatric services, medication management, community support services, housing services, crisis response services, and educational programs. Current and new clients may call 401.732.5656 to schedule an appointment. Individuals facing a behavioral health crisis can receive immediate help by accessing Thrive’s Emergency Services line at 401-738-4300 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
“In this unprecedented time of uncertainty and change, many individuals are experiencing increased mental health symptoms including anxiety and depression,” said Daniel Kubas-Meyer, President and CEO of Thrive Behavioral Health. “Teletherapy is a valuable resource for individuals to gain immediate access to tools that will help them cope during this stressful time.”
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