FHR Opens CSU Program in Pawtucket, RI

Published 09/18/2020

FHR Opens New Program to Meet the Needs of Those with Behavioral Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disability Challenges in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Click the video above to learn more about FHR's CSU program. 
(Pictured L-R Taylor Cutolo, FHR Crisis Stabilization Unit Program Director, Amy Bragger, FHR Nursing Supervisor, Jamie Souza, FHR Director of Residential Services, and Kristen Guilfoyle, FHR Regional Director, Rhode Island and Maine)


PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND – FHR (Fellowship Health Resources, Inc.), a non-profit behavioral healthcare organization with services spanning seven states, is pleased to announce the opening of its Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. This program, in partnership with Optum/Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Tufts Health Plan; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island; the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services; and the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH), will offer individuals 18 years of age and older with a behavioral health (BH) diagnosis a structured space to improve recovery and promote a safe transition to the community.

The CSU will also support those struggling with negative symptoms related to a secondary diagnosis of an intellectual developmental disability (IDD).

FHR’s recent affiliation with Elwyn, a nonprofit human services organization supporting individuals with IDD and BH needs, has uniquely positioned the organizations to work together to provide enhanced services to meet a wide range of care for individuals and families.

“FHR is excited to open the only CSU in the state of Rhode Island that will specialize in providing care to those with a dual diagnosis relating to challenges associated with their behavioral health and an intellectual developmental disability,” said Debra M. Paul, FHR Chief Executive Officer. “This program will fill a gap in healthcare while working with individuals to advance their recovery goals.”

The program will feature 16 individual rooms, allowing for privacy, as well as a sensory room and quiet rooms. Evidence-based and specialized groups will include medication education, community integration, health and wellness life skills, daily living skills, Supportive Employment Services, nutrition, sensory, and early recovery skill building. Groups will be individualized to cater to the needs of each person, assisting those with a BH diagnosis, as well as individuals who have a secondary IDD.

“By providing care that is proactive and preventative, the goal of this program is to improve health outcomes while decreasing the need for hospital and emergency room visits for individuals in recovery,” explained Kristen Guilfoyle, FHR Regional Director, Rhode Island and Maine.

Referrals are now being accepted. For more information, please contact Taylor Cutolo, FHR Program Director, at tcutolo@fhr.net. Individuals of all backgrounds and identities are welcomed.

To learn more about FHR’s service spectrum in Rhode Island, including Outpatient Psychiatric and Counseling Services, Assertive Community Treatment, and Residential/Group Living Programs, contact our Rhode Island regional office at (401) 383-4885 or visit www.fhr.net.

ABOUT FELLOWSHIP HEALTH RESOURCES, INC.:
FHR fosters hope and recovery, providing behavioral health services to improve the quality of life for individuals living with mental illness and addiction disorders. FHR began providing services as the first community residence in the state of Rhode Island in 1975. Since then, FHR has expanded the scope of its services, and now offers a network of community-based programs to more than 8,000 individuals through a person-centered approach across 7 states – Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. 

CONTACT:
Grace Cabral, FHR Integrated Marketing and Communications Manager
(401) 642-4406, gcabral@fhr.net