Healthy minds for healthy lives

Community Diversion

The Providence Center is committed to the health and safety of our community and a unique partnership with the Providence Police Department and Warwick Police Department makes that happen.

Providence Center clinicians ride along with officers from the Providence and Warwick police departments to respond to individuals in psychiatric or substance use crises. Working together to address these crises need ensures that people in need get the right amount of care. On the scene, the clinician de-escalates the situation conducts a clinical assessment on site to arrive at the most appropriate recommendation for their care and safety. In many cases, a referral to The Providence Center’s Crisis Stabilization Unit, a hospital or other community agency provides a more effective alternative solution.

"The partnership has been positive for all: Jessica is able to connect people who need it most to treatment, and the officers gain a greater understanding about how to deal with people in a mental health or substance use crisis and avoid unnecessary arrests," said Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Chief of Police, pictured above with Providence Center clinician Jessica Zira.

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