Fatima opens Long-Term Behavioral Health Unit to assist with state waiting list
In a positive demonstration of public and private sector collaboration, CharterCARE Health Partners and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital recently opened a Long-Term Behavioral Health Unit, where beds will be immediately available to patients on the waiting lists for long-term psychiatric care at the state’s Eleanor Slater Hospital.
The new 20-bed unit offers the following:
- Dedicated open community spaces;
- Several acres of outdoor space for walking;
- An evidence-based care model that offers a variety of individual, family, and group modules, and that incorporates principles of rehabilitation and recovery;
- The opportunity for patients to develop positive coping and daily living skills that will enhance patient autonomy and individual decision-making;
- A multi-disciplinary team with Psychiatry, Nursing, CNAs, Licensed clinicians, Milieu Therapists, and Occupational Therapists who routinely receive training for best practices in the treatment of patients on the new long-term unit.
Lester P. Schindel, Chief Executive Officer of CharterCARE stated, “This new unit is a natural extension of our expanding center of excellence in integrated behavioral health. Combined with our coordinated regional care model, we can have a significant impact on providing the right level of care at the right place and at a lower cost of delivery.”
Rebecca Plonsky, LICSW, CharterCARE Vice President of Integrated Behavioral Health, worked in partnership with the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Disabilities and Hospitals, and the Rhode Island Department of Health to reach the agreement to create the dedicated long-term unit.
CharterCARE anticipates working closely with community partners to coordinate care for patients in need of long-term behavioral health services. For more information or to make a referral, please contact CharterCARE’s Central Access program at 401-456-3500.