Federal Award to Improve the Care of Nursing Home Residents in Rhode Island with Behavioral Health Disorders


Providence, RI (November 6, 2017) — Healthcentric Advisors, a Rhode Island based nonprofit specializing in healthcare quality improvement and technical assistance, was awarded a two-year, $390,000 Special Innovation Project under their Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contract to improve the ability of Rhode Island nursing homes to serve residents with behavioral health needs.

This project is well-timed as Rhode Island nursing homes are facing an increasingly younger population with behavioral health needs. Although nursing home staff members are highly skilled in caring for elders, a critical need has been identified by the long-term care community and state regulators for additional skills-based training and education on caring for younger individuals with behavioral health concerns.

Healthcentric Advisors is collaborating with the Rhode Island College Institute for Education in Healthcare and the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island to offer training and education to ensure both professional and paraprofessional staff have the knowledge and skills to provide high quality care for this population. This project will also seek to establish appropriate connections between the nursing homes and the behavioral health and substance use community.

[su_quote cite=”Gail Patry, RN, chief program officer at Healthcentric Advisors”]“Healthcentric Advisors is excited to begin this important work with our partners at Rhode Island College and the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of RI. By responding to identified skill and knowledge gaps in caring for people with behavioral health and substance use challenges, the participating nursing homes are leaders in being able to provide the highest quality care possible for these individuals.”

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For media inquiries contact Alex Bronk by phone (401-528-3273) or email ([email protected]).

About Healthcentric Advisors

Healthcentric Advisors is a non-profit health care quality improvement agency providing consulting, research and education services. Located in Providence, RI with offices in Woburn, MA and Brunswick, ME and a staff of approximately 50 physicians, nurses, educators, analysts and other professionals, Healthcentric Advisors is a sought-after partner to national and local government agencies, foundations, insurers, health care providers, stakeholders and educational institutions on health care quality improvement initiatives.

About the New England QIN-QIO

The New England QIN-QIO, administered by Healthcentric Advisors in partnership with Qualidigm, works across New England on strategic initiatives such as reducing health care associated infections, reducing readmissions and medication errors, working with nursing homes to improve care for residents, supporting clinical practices in using interoperable health information technology to coordinate care, promoting prevention activities, reducing cardiac disease and diabetes, reducing health care disparities and improving patient and family engagement. The NE QIN-QIO also provides technical assistance for improvement in CMS value-based purchasing programs, including the physician value-based modifier program. Visit the website

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