WARWICK, RI — Thrive Behavioral Health is offering telehealth services to people struggling with mental illness, substance use, and/or homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.Thrive, based in Warwick at 2756 Post Road, is one of RI’s three nationally certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHC)s, serves individuals and their families including children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. CCBHCs provide person- and family-centered integrated services, improving the quality of life of communities.The organization recently received a $4 million, two-year grant to increase access to and improve the quality of community mental health and substance use disorder treatment services at CCBHCs.“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, including Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) in a joint statement announcing the grant.
The grant awarded $4 million to Newport Mental Health as well, also a CCBHC.
Thrive has implemented telehealth as an effective way to monitor clients’ mental health, adjust medications, and conduct cognitive behavioral therapy. Thrive doesn’t turn anyone away. If an individual does not have insurance, there are several grant-funded options for which they may be eligible, including programs for individuals who have been victimized by crime or by a traumatic event.
“In this unprecedented time of uncertainty and change, many individuals are experiencing increased mental health symptoms including anxiety and depression,” said Daniel Kubas-Meyer, President and CEO of Thrive Behavioral Health. “Teletherapy is a valuable resource for individuals to gain immediate access to tools that will help them cope during this stressful time.”