|Looking Back, Moving Forward|
As the days grow longer and 2013 is underway in earnest, and in keeping with our Valentine’s Day theme, here are a few of the things that I am thankful for as I look back over 2012…and a few more things I am looking forward to in the year ahead!
I am thankful for our robust year-end giving and for all the people, businesses, organizations and foundations who support us financially throughout the year… because their gifts add to the depth and quality of our programs and services;
I am proud that Riverbend was named 2012 non-profit of the year by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce because this reflects on the quality of our staff and their commitment to excellence, demonstrated every day;
I am grateful for Mike Green’s leadership at Concord Hospital and his unwavering commitment to the behavioral health needs of our community…never more important than now as our patients wait for days in the emergency room for the help they need and deserve (read more in last Sunday’s Concord Monitor)
I find hope that in the wake of the unfathomable Newton, CT tragedy, people are talking about the underfunded needs of the community mental health system and are recognizing the incomparable mental health work that goes on in our local schools, every day;
I find heart in the stories that I hear from our consumers as they face the challenges of living with a chronic mental illness or cope with the fallout from a psychiatric crisis;
And I applaud the efforts of our outstanding volunteer board of directors as they help steer Riverbend on a course to address the mental health needs of the community. We welcomed Shelia Johnson, RN and Concord Police Chief John Duval to the Board in the fall and wished Lucy Hodder a fond farewell as she left to assume her new duties as the Governor’s legal counsel.
As 2013 unfolds, I anticipate that the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion will help more people find the evidence-based treatment that works for them;
I look forward to Governor Hassan’s leadership in helping the State respond to the needs of those who depend on the public safety net;
I know the move toward Medicaid Managed Care will bring many challenges and opportunities to work with Commissioner Toumpas and his team to demonstrate the value of our State’s community mental health system;
I am excited about the expansion of Riverbend Counseling Associates into additional primary care practices because most of us depend on the advice of our primary care providers;
I am motivated in working with Granite Health Care Network and Concord Hospital to expand the integration of mental and physical health care for better outcomes for our high need patients;
And I am eager to celebrate River bend’s 50 years of service to the community and all the people past, present (and future!) who play a role in bringing our caring compassionate community the mental health care they need and deserve.
- Darkest Hours Red River Theatre
- Two Appointed to Governor's Commission
- Health Buddy 2013 Program of Significance by National Council for Behavioral Health
- Looking Back, Moving Forward
- The Rainbow Awards
- Riverbend Honors Four Champions for Mental Health
- Josephson Shares Health Buddy Results with Washington
- TIER technology benefits community