Healthy minds for healthy lives

Integrated Primary and Behavioral Care

At The Providence Center we strongly believe in the power and potential of recovery. Every day we see clients overcome addiction and recover from the challenges of mental illness. Part of that recovery is adopting a healthy lifestyle and engaging in positive activities that lead to a full and productive life.

Research has shown that, people with serious mental illness die 25 years sooner than the rest population due to preventable chronic health issues like obesity, diabetes and heart disease. As an organization committed to supporting the health of our community, we have a responsibility to change that.

The Providence Center introduced innovative Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care services that combine primary care, mental health and substance abuse treatment under one roof. This model of care—the first of its kind in Rhode Island—is not only changing and saving lives but also shaping the future of the delivery of mental health and physical health services nationwide.

Our services focus on making both primary and behavioral health care accessible to all who need them so people can be on the path to health and recovery. Beginning with a partnership to opening Rhode Island’s first integrated primary and behavioral health clinic, The Providence Center has created services that ensure that there is no wrong door to accessing comprehensive health care. Several programs are the result of partnerships with other healthcare providers who are dedicated to supporting the health of the community.

The Providence Center’s Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare services include:

  • Providence Community Health Centers at North Main, making primary care accessible to Providence Center clients.
  • Integrated care coordinators working at PCHC at North Main help clients understand and manage chronic health issues.
  • TPC at Prairie Avenue co-locates behavioral health services at Providence Community Health Centers newest clinic in South Providence.
  • InShape and InShape Seniors programs pair clients with health mentors to address health, nutrition and wellness needs.
  • Community treatment teams nurses help facilitate the connection to primary care for Providence Center clients.
  • Weekly smoking cessation groups.
  • Behavioral health clinicians located at PCHC clinics.
  • A comprehensive training curriculum for Providence Center staff on trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing and physical conditions that are relevant to diagnosing and treating mental health issues.
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