Thrive Awarded $60K COVID-19 Response Grant

Thrive Awarded $60K COVID-19 Response Grant

Published 04/16/2020


Warwick, R.I. (April 16, 2020) – Thrive Behavioral Health, Inc. announced today that it was awarded $60,000 in COVID-19 Response Fund grant funding. This funding, made possible by a partnership between the Rhode Island Foundation and United Way, will assist nonprofit organizations that are working at the forefront of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Response Fund was established to support nonprofit organizations that provide direct assistance to Rhode Islanders with financial need or who are experiencing demonstrable hardship resulting from COVID-19. The funding expands non-profit organizations’ capacities to address the outbreak’s social, health, and economic impacts in the short and long term.

“The COVID-19 Response grant award will make a significant impact in the lives of our staff and clients as we address our community’s needs during this unprecedented crisis,” stated Daniel Kubas-Meyer, Thrive’s President and CEO. “By selecting Thrive as a grant recipient, the Rhode Island Foundation and United Way have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to improving the quality of life of Rhode Islanders suffering from the effects of mental illness, addiction, and homelessness. This funding will help us continue to deliver recovery-oriented, trauma-informed programs so our clients can achieve healthier and happier lives.”

To comply with Rhode Island State mandates and ensure the safety of Thrive’s staff and clients, it has suspended walk-in appointments and shifted face-to-face consultations and treatment to telephone and video conferencing.  While some staff are able to work from home, many continue to provide services to symptomatic clients within close quarters. This includes Thrive’s Assertive Community Treatment Team, Emergency Services, Healthy Transitions, Housing First, Integrated Health Homes, Residential Services, and Transportation.

This funding will help Thrive Behavioral Health to continue to deliver safe and effective treatment by enabling the organization to secure hazard pay for staff caring for symptomatic clients, disease prevention supplies, laptops, IT licensing and equipment, and basic needs supplies for clients.

About Thrive Behavioral Health

Thrive Behavioral Health, Inc. has been providing services in Rhode Island since 1976.  It currently offers comprehensive behavioral healthcare programs and services annually to over 3,700 children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. It is committed to improving clients’ quality of life through an extensive range of community-based and outpatient mental health, substance use, educational, and housing services that are recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and family-focused. Thrive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Thrive is a founding member of Horizon Healthcare Partners and is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC), created through the “Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Act” as an initiative to expand access to behavioral healthcare in America. In Rhode Island, only three community mental health organizations—Community Care Alliance, Newport Mental Health, and Thrive Behavioral Health—achieved this standard of excellence.