Hiring Begins for $4 million Expansion Project

Authored by Sandra Oxx
March 7, 2019
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CEO Jamie Lehane of Newport Mental Health is pleased to announce a new Project Director and Project Coordinator to oversee and manage its most recent nationally funded expansion project, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC).

Richard Leclerc, former CEO of Gateway Healthcare in Providence, is the new Project Director along with Erica Michonski, former coordinator at the Providence Center, is the new Project Coordinator of the CCBHC project.

“I am thrilled to have someone like Richard who comes to us with such tremendous federal and state experience in community mental health and CCBHC,” said CEO Jamie Lehane of Newport Mental Health.   Both Richard and Erica are highly capable individuals. Richard with his breadth of experience in leadership and collaboration at the state and federal levels and Erica, with her experience in training and facilities,” said Lehane.

The $4 million CCBHC project, funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA) is    currently underway and includes Newport Mental Health as the lead agency along with Thrive Behavioral Health in Warwick and Community Care Alliance in Woonsocket. The collaboration among community mental health agencies enables participating centers to expand their services through a shared vision and integrated approach to mental health and substance use services.  The  CCBHC project will enable 8,000 Rhode Islanders expanded mental health and substance use services.

“The scope of this [CCBHC] project will really make a difference in Rhode Island,” said Leclerc, adding that CCBHC project targets the most vulnerable, with serious mental health and    substance use conditions, those who are under-insured or without insurance, many of whom have gone untreated. The project also renders services to those with emerging mental and substance disorders.

Leclerc, who lives in Narragansett, was formerly the CEO of Gateway Healthcare, the largest behavioral health care provider in Rhode Island. At the present, he chairs the Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. In addition, he serves on the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare.

“I’m excited about the growth, watching the growth, implementing and expanding programs for more ethnicities, LGBTQ communities and others,” said Michonski. “Being part of this project is a reward in itself.” Michonski holds her MBA in Behavioral Economics. She lives in Tiverton.

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