Peter Evers Onboard as CEO

Peter Evers, M.S.W. joined Riverbend Community Mental Health as President & CEO on October 14.  He also serves as Vice President for Behavioral Health at Concord Hospital. Evers brings 25 years of experience in the mental health and human services fields, including leadership positions in emergency, residential and outpatient services, to his new roles. “Peter has an excellent combination of systems knowledge, clinical and management skills, and compassion for persons with mental illness, all traits that will help him lead Riverbend through the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead,” stated Valerie Acres, Chair of the Board of Directors. Evers served
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TD Charitable Foundation Supports Riverbend Farm Program

Concord, NH – Riverbend Community Mental Health was awarded a $5,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation in support of the Riverbend Farm Program. The grant will provide people with a severe mental illness the opportunity to develop pre-employment skills and learn about healthy nutrition while working at Owen Farm located in Hopkinton, NH. “I am grateful that TD Charitable Foundation is helping us sustain this program in the year ahead,” states Allan M. Moses, Acting CEO & President. “This kind of innovative programming has proven effective in helping clients manage symptoms and move forward with their lives,” he added. Founded
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Janssen Awards Grant to In SHAPE

Concord, NH – Riverbend Community Mental Health has received a $3,000 grant from Janssen Pharmaceuticals to support Riverbend’s In SHAPE Program. The In SHAPE Program is a comprehensive wellness program designed to improve the physical and mental health of adults with severe mental illness by supporting modification of their health behaviors. “It is wonderful to watch participants strive to reach their goals,” states Sarahrose Eaton, In SHAPE Supervisor. “Their sense of accomplishment grows as they work with their Health Mentor to improve their physical skills and nutritional knowledge.” Additionally, participants attend a “Celebration” to recognize their progress and success. Founded
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Meet the 2013 Champions for Mental Health

Ken Braiterman Writer, trainer, peer support activist  A journalist since 1968, Ken Braiterman has been advocating for recovery- and trauma-informed services since 1977.  Ken uses his talents advocating for better mental health services, especially through peer support systems.  His work can be viewed on his www.kenbraiterman.com  website, at www.madinamerica.com, an online community of individuals rethinking psychiatric care in the US and abroad, and at  www.wellnesswordworks.com, where he serves as Board Chair. Ken was the first director of NAMI NH’s “In Our Own Voice” program which trains people with mental illness to speak about their illness and journey of recovery.  Ken
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Lincoln Financial Foundation Awards Grant

Concord, NH – Riverbend Community Mental Health has received a $7,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation for one of its most innovative children’s programs, the ASD Emotional and Social Enrichment Program (AESEP). Lincoln Financial Foundation has been a supporter of the program for seven consecutive years. “Lincoln Financial Foundation believes this is an important investment in the well-being of children with Asperger’s Disorder and their families,” said Byron O. Champlin, program officer for the Lincoln Financial Foundation. “Riverbend plays a critical role in the capital region, touching the lives of many children and adults. By supporting Riverbend, Lincoln Financial Foundation’s
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Two Appointed to Governor’s Commission

Governor Maggie Hassan recently announced the members of her newly created Commission on Medicaid Care Management.  Among those appointed are Donald Shumway and Sue Fox, members of Riverbend’s Board of Directors.  Shumway, former commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services and President and CEO of Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center will sere as vice chair.  Sue Fox, project director at the UNH Institute on Disability and the parent of a child with development disabiliteis will serve on the commission, which is tasked with ensuring providers and patients are protected as New Hampshire moves to a managed care model for the
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Health Buddy 2013 Program of Significance by National Council for Behavioral Health

Riverbend Receives Impact Award for Excellence in Health Care Technology: Health Buddy Project Recognized for its Impact to Improve the Lives of Those Living with Mental Illness and Addiction Disorders Concord, NH — Riverbend’s Health Buddy Project has been named a 2013 Program of Significance by the National Council for Behavioral Health. Honorees reflect the most innovative and inspirational work happening in behavioral healthcare organizations across the country. “Riverbend has pioneered the use of the Health Buddy electronic device in behavioral health care, and the Award recognizes our efforts to advance the quality of services provided to adults living with
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TD Charitable Foundation Supports Riverbend Farm Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Concord, NH – Riverbend Community Mental Health was awarded a $5,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation in support of the Riverbend Farm Program. The grant will provide people with a severe mental illness the opportunity to develop pre-employment skills and learn about healthy nutrition while working at Owen Farm located in Hopkinton, NH. “I am grateful that TD Charitable Foundation is helping us sustain this program in the year ahead,” states Allan M. Moses, Acting CEO & President. “This kind of innovative programming has proven effective in helping clients manage symptoms and move forward with their lives,”
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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
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