South Shore Center
 
Beginning in 1964, Washington County Community Mental Health Center set forth with a small but dedicated group of professionals to provide mental health services to individuals and families living in Washington County. Today, with a new name and the same commitment, South Shore Center has become a comprehensive behavioral healthcare organization dedicated to serving individuals suffering from mental, brain, emotional and addictive disorders. We are further dedicated to providing support and/or treatment to their families through a full range of mental health and addiction services.

Our vision is to be recognized for creating opportunity for wellness and recovery through innovation and the pursuit of excellence.

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South Shore Center, a behavioral health organization, is dedicated to serving individuals recovering from mental, brain, emotional, and addictive disorders. We are further dedicated to providing support and/or treatment to their families through a full range of mental health and addiction services.

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Chairman: Howard E. Walker, Esq.
Attorney at Law - Hope Valley, RI

Vice-Chairman: Carolyn C. Traxler
Wakefield, RI

Secretary: Sandra J. Panzeri
Narragansett, RI

Treasurer: John Microulis
Deputy Administrator of Disability Determination
State of RI - Department of Human Services

Members at Large
Scott Campbell
Pharmacist/Owner
Ocean Pharmacy - Charlestown, RI

Vincent Carlone
Chief of Police
Town of New Shoreham, RI

Louis Giancola
President & CEO
South County Hospital Healthcare System
Wakefield, RI

Janell M. Hayes
Vice President of Mortgage Lending
The Washington Trust Company
Westerly, RI

Tonia T. Healey
Retired Nurse
Narragansett, RI

John C. Tickner
President & CEO
Babcock & Helliwell Insurance
Wakefield, RI

Barry M. Wepman, M.D.
Vice President
Seacoast Eye Associates
Wakefield, RI

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Many of the current initiatives here at South Shore Center emphasize delivering our services in coordination with health care providers, ensuring relevant information is exchanged and ongoing communication is established and maintained. The diversity of issues that our clients bring to treatment deserve no less than a comprehensive, integrated strategy where everyone on a treatment team works in concert to improve outcomes.

Community behavioral health organizations such as ours recently were designated by the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals as sites where Medicaid-sponsored "Health Homes" will be implemented. A core concept in health reform, a health home model emphasizes coordination of care among primary medical, behavioral, and other specialty healthcare services.

Each health home team under the state's concept will be multidisciplinary and will engage in comprehensive care planning emphasizing the whole person, information exchange among all relevant providers, and support for a healthy lifestyle change in patients. We are confident that the people we serve will show greater improvement as we strengthen our partnerships with their primary care professionals.

The importance of coordinated response with other providers cannot be stressed enough. Our two group homes nearly always operate at full capacity because of our committed staff and our strong working relationship with the state officials who identify appropriate residents. Our Emergency Services professionals are a trusted presence at our two area hospitals. Our recent move to place our Emergency Services and Outpatient Services under the same administrative authority will encourage a more efficient use of staff resources that will benefit those we serve.

It has been a busy and productive time here at South Shore. Our fourth annual gala, "Autumn Gala Night at the Towers", was held on October 14th and drew more than 100 guests. The event, proceeds of which benefit children and families in need, featured awards to outgoing Board Member Stephen Bessette, staff psychiatrist Teresa Greer, M.D., and local pharmacist and South Shore Board Member, Scott Campbell, R.Ph.

Also in October, we held a ribbon-cutting for Bayberry Courts, a 10-unit affordable housing complex for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. This development in South Kingstown will help fill a pressing need for affordable housing in that town. Residents in need will receive care coordination, case management and other services as they develop independent-living skills.

We thank you for your interest in and support of our efforts throughout the year, and we wish you good health and fortune in 2012.
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Richard Leclerc – President

Dorothy A. Yeamen, MPA – Chief Operating Officer

Stephen Chabot, MD – Medical Director

Andrew Morris, MD – Associate Medical Director

Jerold L. Cutler – Vice President of Clinical Services

Scott DiChristofero – Vice President of Finance/CFO

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An estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year.
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