NEW: Providence Center Gets $1.6M Grant to Offer Integrated Care
Thursday, October 10, 2013
The grant will provide integrated primary and behavioral health care services for uninsured Rhode Islanders with chronic illnesses, mental health, and substance use problems. The program, Health Connections, will work to improve both chronic illness and behavioral health indicators among patients who frequently seek care from the hospital system by providing a comprehensive mix of services and support structures from the hospital through to the community. The goal will be to improve overall health and reduce use of high cost crisis level care.
“Health Connections gives the Providence Center the opportunity to work with other health providers to change the way care is provided for people with behavioral health diagnosis in our state” said Dale K. Klatzker, Ph.D., President/CEO of the Providence Center. “This is an exciting step towards higher quality more cost effective care that can serve as a model nationally.”
The grant is one of six federal grants the Providence Center has received over the last three years, totaling $7.045 million. The grants, which include funding for the Anchor Recovery Community Center and support of a recovery oriented system of care; homeless programs serving the chronically homeless and homeless veterans; the implementation of an electronic health record that shares information across agencies; and a community-based integrated care system that partners with community health centers has helped the Providence Center to become a leader in innovative approaches to behavioral health.
About the Providence Center
The Providence Center is at the forefront of innovative approaches to behavioral health care designed to meet the changing needs of the more than 12,600 people served each year. Since opening its doors in 1969, the Providence Center has been a community fixture, providing people from all walks of life with mental health and substance use services in their homes, schools and neighborhoods. In addition to comprehensive high-quality behavioral health services, the Providence Center offers 50 programs and wrap around services including food and housing, job training, legal services, primary health care and wellness activities.
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