Grant Funds To Help Form Largest Medicaid Accountable Entity in State

Authored by Dwight Rogers
August 31, 2018

Newport Mental Health was recently awarded four grants with $150,069 from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, $35,000 from Charter Care Foundation, and $28,000 from two grants from the RI Foundation.

“We’re being recognized by leading foundations in Rhode Island. This funding enables us to continue to provide person-centered and precedent-setting healthcare to lower income, at-risk populations,” said CEO and President Jamie Lehane of Newport Mental Health.

Lehane said, “The funding comes at a crucial time. Agencies, like ours, are facing huge caseloads, state budget cuts and delayed reimbursements from third-party insurance providers.”

The van Beuren Charitable Foundation grant enables NMH to collaborate and share information via a state-of- the- art Electronic Health Record system with two other community mental health care agencies and six Rhode Island community health centers to form the “largest Medicaid entity in the state,” according to Lehane. Some of the agencies involved are NMH along with the Kent Center in Warwick, Community Care Alliance in Woonsocket the East Bay Community Action Program, which serves East Providence and communities in the East Bay area.

The Charter Care Foundation grant provides mental health first aid training along with mental health services and support to educators, students and their families to schools in the Newport County area.

The Rhode Island Foundation’s two grants include a $5,000 grant, which provides transportation services to clients who are unable to make their appointments because of transportation problems, and a $23,000 grant, which provides the implementation of the “Wellness Self-Management Skills” educational program for adults with both mental health and chronic medical needs.

     The mission of Newport Mental Health is to improve the lives of children, adults and families living and working in Newport County by providing the highest quality, recovery-oriented, evidence-based and integrated mental health and substance use care. NMH serves clients in Jamestown, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, and Little Compton. For more information, contact Sandy Oxx at 846-1213 ext. 109 or Jamie Lehane 846-1213 ext. 110.


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