Monthly Archives October 2013

New Riverbend CEO Peter Evers: Crises bring opportunities for change

The mental health care system is “ripe for recovery,” said Peter Evers, the new CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health Center. But recovery, like the process of ripening, often leads to fundamental changes, and what mental health care looks like after the recent recession may be very different than what it looked like previously.  (see more)
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Integration with Primary Care

Riverbend Community Mental Health is pleased to announce our integration with three primary-care physician offices in our area. Riverbend clinicians will be onsite, offering support and treatment for mental-health issues in collaboration with the primary-care physicians’ treatment of physical health.”While a primary-care physician can certainly prescribe medications for depression, for example, there is clear evidence that the most effective treatment is a combination of meds and psychotherapy,” said Karl Boisvert, director of Acute Care Services at Riverbend. “Riverbend clinicians will work with individuals in therapy and monitor symptoms, medications, and side effects, and then connect with the physician to report
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The Capital Region Pediatric Psychiatry Project

Bringing new assessment and treatment skills to pediatricians, primary care providers, and other health care professionals who treat children and adolescents living with mental illness. There is an acute nationwide shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists. Currently there are only two child and adolescent psychiatrists in the Concord area, and both of these individuals are employees of Riverbend. What does that mean for our community? It basically means that our children aren’t being helped enough— and early enough — in addressing a range of mental health issues. It means that more kids than ever before are slipping through the cracks
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The Riverbend Farm Project

Learning and Healing on the Farm: Tucked away from it all on Brockway Road in Hopkinton you’ll find Derek and Ruth Owen’s beautiful 200-acre farm. At first glance, the place might seem similar to thousands of other small 18th and 19th century farms that grace our New England landscape. But look closer. There’s a lot more happening here than meets the eye. When you first arrive, if you’re not immediately greeted by Derek or Ruth, you might be greeted by a Riverbend Case Manager, or by one of the six Riverbend clients who have been working on the farm since last
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