In January, we donated the funds raised during our casual Fridays to The Providence Center. We raised $185, and the company matched it for a donation of $370. A longstanding client couple lost their son in December due to a battle with drug addiction. We donated in his honor.
The Providence Center is Rhode Island’s leading health and addiction treatment provider. They are innovators in behavioral health care and an affiliate of the Care New England Health System. They assist more than 18,000 people annually with psychiatric illness, emotional challenges, and addiction.
The organization offers over 60 programs to address the varied needs of the people they serve. These include adult services assisting those recovering from mental health and substance use issues. They help those experiencing severe and persistent mental health problems or people who need support during outpatient care.
Since mental health and substance abuse affect the individual, families, and partners, their programs focus on a holistic approach. Services help everyone overcome challenges to increase success in all aspects of life.
Parents also rely on The Providence Center for the mental and substance abuse support they need for their children. Issues can include behavioral and emotional problems at home, in school, or in the community. The center offers individual, group, and family therapy sessions, care coordination, medical evaluation, and parenting strategies.
The Providence Center also provides the crucial support an individual needs as they transition into everyday life. Services include a 24/7 crisis service and vital professional support that improves the chances of success during this difficult period.
The Providence Center knows it is possible to overcome addiction and the challenges of mental illness. After years of helping people through the process, they’ve discovered positive activities and a healthy lifestyle increases the chances of success. Additionally, healthy people are less likely to succumb to chronic health issues such as a heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
The center makes primary health care and mental health care easily accessible through one organization. They offer health, nutrition and wellness programs, smoking cessation groups, and primary and behavioral health clinics.
The Providence Center also understands that staying healthy requires a safe, stable, and supportive place to live and opportunities to re-enter the workforce. Consequently, they offer housing, education, and employment support too.
The staff works with patients to create their own treatment plan. The patient sets goals and staff works hard to provide the person with the tools and encouragement they need to achieve their goals and maintain well-being.
If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, you can do so here. One in five Americans struggles with mental illness and Rhode Island has one of the highest drug use rates in the US. We’ve also experienced many accidental overdose deaths in recent years.