Newport Mental Health and Thrive Announce $8 Million Grant to Expand Services amid Increasing Demand
Authored by Sandra Oxx
May 6, 2020
Newport Mental Health announced an $8 million federal grant which will enable Newport Mental Health along with Thrive Behavioral Health in Warwick to act as lead agencies to provide communities throughout Rhode Island with expanded mental health and substance use therapy along with family and employment programs for the state’s most vulnerable populations: the under-insured and uninsured.
“With the support of our Rhode Island delegation, Congressman David Cicilline and Jim Langevin along with Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, we were able to secure this substantial funding, which helps us build upon our existing cache of services,” said CEO and President Jamie Lehane of Newport Mental Health.“We’re thinking outside of the box and challenging the whole system to move quickly with us to address what is a growing mental health crisis in our state.”
Newport Mental Health and Thrive Behavioral Health have been awarded $4 million each over two years as the lead agencies on an $8 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services. All four members of Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation advocated for this federal funding earlier this year in a joint letter to SAMHSA.
“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 in a joint statement. “While necessary to keep communities safe, social distancing and quarantining have left many feeling isolated and made it more challenging to access important mental health services. These critical funds will enable proven local mental health organizations to reach and help people most in need during this crisis.”
Newport Mental Health and Thrive Behavioral Health will partner with its Horizon Healthcare Partners to extend the funding to Community Care Alliance, CODAC Behavioral Healthcare and Tides Family Services to widen the base of residents’ access to treatment.
Over the two-year grant period, the funding will enable Horizon Healthcare Partners to provide same day walk-in assessment services and treatment to over 10,000 adults, children and families who currently do not have access to services.
“Thrive Behavioral Health is proud to join Newport and CCA in holding the distinction of being one of only three Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics with N in Rhode Island,” said CEO Daniel Kubas-Meyer. “This means that our clients receive the highest quality of care that incorporates proven and effective models of treatment.”