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The Providence Journal recently featured the  workforce crisis within the behavioral health industry here in Rhode Island with quotes and stories from Thrive Behavioral Health and the other agencies within Horizon Healthcare Partners.  We encourage Rhode Islanders to contact their legislators to bring attention to this crisis in our industry stemming from non-competitive wages. 

Behavioral Health Agencies Sound the Alarm

Staffing Shortage leaves Rhode Island's Neediest Without Services

by G. Wayne Miller of The Providence Journal
Photo Credits: The Providence Journal
Published October 10, 2021

WOONSOCKET — One recent day, Christa Thomas-Sowers sat outside discussing the workforce crisis that her agency and others in the community behavioral-health field are experiencing — and its calamitous effect on people who need services.

One of those people, a man named John, sat with her, listening.

"It's been incredibly challenging," said Thomas-Sowers, community outreach coordinator for Community Care Alliance, which serves homeless people and people living with substance-use disorders and other behavioral health challenges.

   

Unfilled vacancies have placed a rising burden on already stressed front-line workers, Thomas-Sowers said, and recruiting is stymied by the higher wages and incentives that hospitals and other large health-care entities can offer. In the highly competitive COVID era, nonprofit organizations, which receive much of their funding from the state and federal governments, can lose.

As a result, so do people in need.  Read the full article here:

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