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South County Home Health Receives $5K Grant to Fund Existing In-Home Behavioral Health Program

WAKEFIELD, RI – Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Episcopal Charities, South County Home Health will continue offering its in-home behavioral health service.

To qualify for the in-home behavioral health program, a patient must already be on South County Home Health service with a primary health diagnosis. If, after a comprehensive screening, a case manager determines that behavioral health is needed to foster recovery, services are engaged. A doctorate of psychology extern from the University of Rhode Island Psychology Program provides in-home, evidence-based therapy under the weekly supervision of the URI Director of Psychological Counseling.

“In 2013 a RI Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by the Hospital Association of Rhode Island identified behavioral health resources as a need in the South County community,” said Mary Lou Rhodes, president and CEO of South County Home Health. “South County Home Health has been working to fulfill this need to homebound patients to help decrease the number of re-hospitalizations and improve their quality of life.”

South County Home Health provides in-home skilled health care to approximately 4,500 patients a year of all ages in Washington and Kent Counties. Services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, a nutritionist, diabetic educators, and wound care spets. For more information about South County Home Health, visit www.southcountyhomehealth.org or call 401 782-0500.

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