The Providence Center and Thundermist Health Center Partner for Mental Health Program in Wakefield

January 19, 2017 (Wakefield, RI) — The Providence Center (TPC), a community-based behavioral health treatment center, has opened an Integrated Health Home program at Thundermist Health Center, a federally-qualified patient centered medical home. The program, located at Thundermist’s South County facility in Wakefield, is focused on providing high-quality treatment to adults enrolled in Medicaid and dealing with serious mental illness.

The Health Home model is a team-based clinical approach that provides coordination of services and a specialized treatment plan based on a client’s individual needs.

TPC’s Thundermist Health Home team includes:

  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners
  • Case Managers
  • Recovery Specialists
  • Peer Mentors

The location at Thundermist allows Health Home clients to easily access other important treatment options, like primary care and dental services.

“Working side by side with the providers at Thundermist allows us to provide our clients the best multi-disciplinary care possible,” said program manager Katie Richards. “We look forward to continued growth and greatly appreciate the warm welcome and support from Thundermist.”

“At Thundermist, much of our day-to-day work is focused on reducing the physical, psychological and social barriers to good health. Those with severe mental illness face extraordinary challenges,” said Chuck Jones, Thundermist’s CEO. “These collaborative and enhanced services, provided together with TPC, will allow us to more effectively impact the health and well-being of our patients and the communities in which they live.”

For more information on the program, please contact:
Katie Richards

Owen Heleen
The Providence Center

Serving more than 15,000 people a year, The Providence Center, a Care New England affiliate, is Rhode Island’s largest community behavioral health organization and operates with an annual budget of $53 million. The agency employs more than 800 staff. Its services are provided statewide through 13 locations in Providence, Cranston, North Kingstown, Pawtucket, Warwick, West Warwick, Wyoming, and Wakefield.

Thundermist Health Center is a non-profit community health center whose mission is to improve the lives of patients and surrounding communities by delivering exceptional health care that breaks down barriers and promotes healthy lifestyles. Services include primary medical care, dental care, behavioral health services, school-based health care, QuickCare, pharmacy, Trans* Health Access, and nutritional services, in particular, a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program. Thundermist has locations in West Warwick, Woonsocket, and South County. It serves clients regardless of insurance and ability to pay. Thundermist Health Center is a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home, the highest level of recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). In 2015, Thundermist served more than 42,000 patients.