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1 Images of Improving the Quality of Life The people, programs and news of The Kent Center Winter 2013 Art Therapy Group Helps Kids with Social Phobia & Other Mental Health Disorders Every parent has undoubtedly experienced their child not wanting to go to school, and having them fake the occasional sore throat or cough in order to stay home for the day (test day most likely!), is to be expected at times. Imagine, however, your child being so fearful about interacting with other people that they miss weeks and months of school, and in one child s case, the entire 8th grade. These children, who are being treated through The Kent Center s Youth & Family Services Division, have social anxiety disorder or social phobia. For them, the mere thought of going to school or being in some other type of Cont. on page 4 Nadine Lilly (right) works with one of her art therapy clients. The Kent Center Purchases Its Flagship Building; Wraps Up Successful Capital Campaign The purchase of The Kent Center s flagship building is the fulfillment of a long-held desire to have a home of our own, which provides us greater flexibility to expand programs and services, and gives us an important asset which will help to secure the Center s financial future, stated Kent Center CEO, David Lauterbach. It s been a long road, but one certainly worth taking. In 2007, The Kent Center worked with local developer Michael Integlia & Company to build to the Center s specifications a 30,000 square foot facility, located on Post Road in Warwick. The Kent Center moved into the building that summer, and has occupied the building through a lease-to-own agreement since. This past fall, The Kent Center was able to purchase the building with financing received through the Washington Trust Company as well as funds donated over the past five years by individual, corporate, foundation, and government sources to The Campaign for The Kent Center s New Home. We could not have achieved our goal without the leadership of our Board of Directors and the members of our Campaign committee, or of course without the generosity of the many donors who supported our Capital Campaign, Lauterbach explained. We are truly grateful for their support and steadfast commitment to The Kent Center. (See page 6 for our list of Campaign donors.)

2 Dear Friends of The Kent Center: 2756 Post Road, Suite 104 Warwick, RI (401) Hour Emergency Services (401) Board of Directors Mark Delaney, Chair Jean Hodge Gavigan, Vice Chair Chad Bjorklund, Treasurer Larry Goldberg, Secretary Jean Callaway Susan Chiariello Maria Gil James Irving Michael Raspallo Dr. Daniel Simpson Robert Walker Ronald Whitcomb Executive Management Team David S. Lauterbach, President & CEO Rena Q. Sheehan, Vice President, Clinical Services Ruby E. Nicholson, Director, Quality Improvement/Health Information Thomas Powell, Director, Human Resources Anna Hultquist, Finance Director Diana Dumin, Director, Housing & Facilities We encourage you to share your comments and questions with us. Please contact: Arlene Stoltz Director of Development (401) , x335 Before the tragedy that took place in Newtown, CT, I had written an article for this newsletter asking you to support The Kent Center s Annual Fund. But given the recent events I felt it important to focus on the conversations that are taking place across America regarding mental health. We have before us an opportunity and some dangers. The opportunity is to work to increase funding to support mental health services, prevention and education. The danger is to blame violent episodes in our country on those who suffer with a mental illness. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that the vast majority of people with psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar illness, do not commit violent acts. Only 4 percent of violence in the United States can be attributed to people with mental illness. There is also no evidence at this time that the Newtown shooter and other recent shooters suffered from schizophrenia or bipolar illness. Rather they were isolated loners who did not fit in, who had pent up anger, and who were not identified and reached out to by the mental health treatment community. Mental health systems around the country have had their budgets cut, year after year, so that there are meager resources available, if any, to reach out to those in need who will not seek help, to educate the public about how to recognize early signs of disturbance, and to provide preventative services to help build appropriate social support systems around those who do not fit in. Let s make sure that these at risk folks do not have access to automatic weapons. Let s recognize that loners who spend hours playing violent video games are feeding violent fantasies that can too easily erupt in violent acts when military style weapons are available to the general public. The Kent Center is here to help those suffering from mental illness in their recovery. The courage and dignity with which those recovering from the devastating effects of schizophrenia and other major mental illness are a daily inspiration to me. But I know there are many folks out there in our communities who suffer from isolation, bullying, psychological trauma, feelings of powerlessness and neglect who need to be reached out to both by their community and trained mental health workers. Let s not forget those children who lost their lives and honor their lives by increasing our support of preventative and educational mental health strategies. David S. Lauterbach, ACSW President & CEO 2

3 ANNOUNCING: A New Intensive Outpatient Program for People Battling Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders This program may be right for you if You have depression or anxiety or are feeling overwhelming stress You have experienced a traumatic event You have an addiction to or dependence on drugs or alcohol You need the flexibility of an Evening Program You are looking for a personalized & confidential program that meets your needs Evening Hours for Improved Access to Care Clients receive up to four weeks of treatment, three evenings a week. Treatment hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our Evening After Care Program is available to support you when you finish treatment. For more information or to make an appointment for an assessment, call (401) Integrated Treatment Works Approximately 8.9 million adults have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders; yet only 7.4% of individuals receive treatment for both conditions and 55.8% receive no treatment at all. Integrated treatment or treatment that addresses mental and substance use conditions at the same time is associated with better outcomes and an improved quality of life. SAMHSA 3

4 Sidelines Genoa Chooses Kent Center Artist Genoa Healthcare, the leading on-site provider of pharmacy services in mental health organizations with over 100 pharmacies, including one at The Kent Center, has recognized the talents of one of the Center s client artists. Genoa has selected Melanie Langlois as the winner of their Birthday Card Design Contest. One of Melanie s paintings will become the cover art for Genoa s 2013 birthday card, which is sent to all clients and SAVE THE DATE The Kent Center s 3rd Annual Celebration May 17th The Crowne Plaza Hotel s Garden Pavilion Back by popular demand: The Northeast s Hottest & Hippest Swing Band, The Beantown Swing Orchestra and their high energy, crowd pleasing, fabulous swing dancers! employees. Melanie (second from left) is congratulated here by Kent Centerbased Genoa staff Tiffany Floody, Kevin O Connell, Kristen Bruzzi and Melanie Horbert. Client & Staff Art Decorates Primary Care Practice The Kent Center has many artistically talented clients and staff, and two of them have helped to decorate the Center s new primary care practice, Primary Care Partners (PCP). Tom Krolewski is a gifted artist and photographer. Several of his photographs, depicting Rhode Island nature scenes, were hung in the practice s waiting area. Also gracing the walls of the practice is the work of PCP s chief practitioner, Cheryl Haynes, NP. Cheryl is not only an excellent nurse practitioner, but she is also a very talented painter. She donated some of her lighthouse paintings to the practice. New Legislative Grant for Hillsgrove House Senator William Walaska of Warwick, a long-time supporter of The Kent Center, sponsored a legislative grant 4 We are pleased to announce that Michael Integlia, Jr. will be the chair of this year s event. Contact Arlene Stoltz at x 335 for sponsorship opportunities. Cont. from page 1 Art Therapy social situation brings a great amount of emotional and physical discomfort. These children experience excessive self-consciousness around others; intense worry, sometimes for months, before social situations; extreme fear of being watched or judged; or fear that they ll humiliate themselves. They may have physical symptoms such as an upset stomach, shortness of breath, or a racing heart. For them, the logical solution is often simple avoidance, which compounds over time, and leads to major disruptions in their lives. Parents and schools are challenged about what to do to help these children, explains Erika Cannon, M.Ed., LMHC, a Youth & Family clinician. The typical response when students miss school is discipline, taking away perks and sometimes the truancy court even gets involved. Yet children with social phobia are not missing school and being defiant intentionally, and in fact they want to do what they re being asked to do, they just can t. So the usual responses even those focused on rewards for good behavior are not going to work because this is not a behavior problem. What does work for children with social anxiety disorder/social phobia

5 is the therapeutic process, which takes time, and may involve various approaches. Erika uses one-on-one talk therapy and other techniques such as de-sensitization and exposure therapy, which helps to get the child used to doing something via an extended step by step approach. Erika has also recently introduced an Expressive Art Therapy Group to several of her clients. Getting kids with social phobia to a group is not easy! Erika says, but the art therapy group is actually a really good way to teach them how to be in a social environment that doesn t require social interaction, that gives them the opportunity to express themselves nonverbally, and that is safe and non-judgmental. Erika called upon Kent Center Case Manager and art therapist Nadine Lilly to lead the group, which meets every Thursday afternoon, and is open to children with a range of mental health disorders. When you draw or paint you put part of yourself down on paper and expose a little bit of who you are, Nadine states, and for many of these kids that can initially cause quite a bit of anxiety. But we help them manage that anxiety either through the art making itself, or by talking with them about something else and distracting them in order to decrease anxiety levels. for Hillsgrove House in the amount of $ The grant will be used to purchase a new laptop computer for the club s learning unit. In this unit, members work on their job readiness skills as well as receive the support necessary to continue their education either through GED programs or through college courses. BJ s Foundation Supports Briggs Technology The Kent Center s Eleanor Briggs School received a grant of $3,800 from the BJ s Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of BJ s Wholesale Nadine gives the children the freedom to use whatever medium they want paints, pencils, pastels and to create whatever they choose. Many of the kids feel like they are always being told to do things they don t want or feel comfortable doing and it causes many negative experiences for them, Nadine explains, so in the class we give them as many choices as possible in order that this becomes a positive experience for them. There is also no strict set of rules and rules are created as needed and as issues naturally come up. A phone rang in class one day, so Nadine created a rule about turning off phones. One client also wanted to wear her earphones, but Nadine explained that she needed to be part of the group. Instead, Nadine agreed to consider playing music in the background if the client presented an acceptable to the group song list. In the early stages of the group, the expression of art in and of itself is what is therapeutic for the children. This is what is referred to as art as therapy. Analysis of the art and how each child feels about it will perhaps come later, states Nadine. This approach is often called art in therapy or art psychotherapy. The group first needs to coalesce a bit more and the kids need to feel comfortable with each other and trust each other. Club, Inc. Briggs will use the funding to support their Enhancing Education through Technology Program and will purchase ipads for students to use in the classroom. Kent Center Staff Support Rally for Recovery The RI Rally for Recovery, held on September 15th in downtown Providence, was a huge success once again with thousands in attendance. The Kent Center was well represented with an informational booth and staff That may also take some time. But investing the time, and applying the right therapeutic mix, by experienced and dedicated staff, is what The Kent Center does best, and what will ultimately lead to the best outcomes for these children. A very special thank you goes out to the RI School of Design s 2nd Life Program, which donated all the art supplies for the Expressive Art Therapy group. and client participants. Pictured here are Tami Ringeling, Program Manager, Behavioral Health Outpatient Services and Case Manager Dan Lepore. Cont. on page 6 5

6 Sidelines cont. Wellness Week Walk The Kent Center and Primary Care Partners with support from the Kent County YMCA organized its 2nd Annual Walk for Wellness on September 18th, and in so doing united with communities and organizations from across the country to promote ways for people with behavioral health challenges to live longer, healthier, more fulfilling lives. The walk, which took place along the beautiful shoreline pathway at Rocky Point Park, is part of National Wellness Week (September 17-22), a national effort sponsored by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Special Thanks to All Who Contributed to Our Capital Campaign AAA Alarms & Fire Protection Atrion Networking Corporation Babcock & Helliwell, Inc. Chad Bjorklund Robert Bjorklund Braver PC Accountants & Advisors Centreville Bank John & Gloria Chiariello Susan A. Chiariello Cornerstone Group Mark and Nancy Delaney Vin Dibona Brenda Diko The Echo Group James and Laureen Dufficy Kathryn and Kristina Dufficy Joseph K. Farrell Chris Feisthamel Jean H. Gavigan Genoa Healthcare Ellen and Allan Gittleman Larry Goldberg Greenwood Credit Union Hasbro, Inc. Hexagon Metrology, Inc. John Howell Insurance Reconstruction Services, Inc. Michael Integlia, Jr. Janet Iovino David and Andree Lauterbach Norma Lovegreen Ernest and Diane Martin John J. McHale & Sons, Inc. Moses & Afonso, Ltd. National Grid Philadelphia Insurance Companies PRM Concrete Corp. The Rhode Island Foundation Elisa Robley Todd Seaback Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Simpson John D. Sinnigen and Eleanor L. Sinnigen Arlene Stoltz and Thomas Kusnierz Charles Toupin Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home USI Washington Trust William Warburton State of Rhode Island City of Warwick Community Development Block Grant Christmas Joy for Kent Center Kids Nothing says Christmas at The Kent Center like the Annual Children s Christmas Party when our second floor offices are transformed into a North Pole inspired winter wonderland and a hundred children arrive with joy in their eyes and an extra bounce in their step eager to see Santa. The little ones rush right over and spring into Santa s lap; the older children play it cool but they too are excited for their gifts. Many parents snap photos, and not even the pouty child or the wiggly, won t-sit-still-for-a-moment child, will deny them this precious, quintessential childhood moment. Jim Irving, President (back left), Marianne Barao-Varatta, Senior Vice President (front center) and employees of the Greenwood Credit Union The Perez family Hundreds of gifts for the Christmas party were donated by local residents and businesses, as well as Kent Center staff. Staff of The Kent Center s Youth & Family Services Division put in many hours planning the Christmas Party, which was held on December 12th, and also included holiday bingo, arts and crafts, and refreshments, made possible with donations from Bertucci s in Warwick, King s Pizza, and Picasso s Pizza, DePetrillo s, HoneyDew Donuts and several area Dunkin Donuts. Many, many thanks to all those who remembered The Kent Center during the holidays and supported our clients both the young and young at heart through our Adopt-A-Family Program, Giving Trees, and Children s Holiday Party, or by giving to our adult services programs. Thank you and Peace to All in In Mourning for the Children & Their Teachers The Kent Center community mourns with the community of Newtown, CT on the senseless loss of 20 of their beautiful children and six of their brave and dedicated teachers. Our hearts go out to the families and all who are grieving over this horrendous tragedy. 6

7 Meet The Kent Center s Newest Board Members The following people joined The Kent Center s Board of Directors from November 2011-November 2012 and are committing their time and talents in support of the Center and its mission. Michael Raspallo is President of Corner Office Financial LLC, a risk management and business consulting firm he founded in Mike is a member of several business associations, including the RI Estate Planning Council, and he serves on the LaSalle Academy Alumni Board. Mike lives in Greenville with his wife Debbie and he has two grown sons. Mike joined The Center s Board in November of 2011 and in that short time has become an instrumental member of the Center s fundraising and event planning committees. Robert Walker also joined the Center s Board in November of 2011 after spending many years as an active member of The Kent Center s Hillsgrove House. Bob is an articulate spokesperson for consumers rights and other issues such as employment, and he has shared the mental health consumer s experience with various groups including the Rotary Club of Warwick and at state-wide legislative events. Bob served as a member of the Governor s Advisory Board on Disabilities. James Irving is the President and CEO of the Greenwood Credit Union. Under Jim s leadership, the Greenwood Credit Union has developed into one of the Center s most generous benefactors, with support of the Center s Capital Campaign, Swing into Spring event, Holiday Giving Tree program, and other initiatives. Jim has helped to expand the Center s philanthropic base of support by attracting additional businesses and individuals to support The Kent Center. Jim serves on the Board s Finance and Property Committee. Jim also gives of his time to the Trudeau Center Memorial Foundation and the Bristol County ARC. Jim and his wife Paula have four children and make their home across the border in Massachusetts. Maria Gil is one of the newest recruits to The Kent Center s Board, joining this past fall. Maria heads not one, but two successful local businesses as the Owner & President of Chase Machine & Engineering, and as a Partner in ER Card LLC, which is a total healthcare management service. Maria is also a member of the Rhode Island Department of Health, Health Services Council. She serves as Chairperson of the Board of Saint Elizabeth Community, and has assisted organizations such as Mary s House, Camp Hope, Impossible Dream and Special Olympics to reach their fundraising goals. Rounding out the slate of new Kent Center Board members is Ronald Whitcomb, who was also installed this past fall. Ron brings to the Board a wealth of professional and personal experiences as well as a life-long commitment to addressing PTSD and other veterans issues. Ron served as a Sergeant and Squad Leader in the U.S. Army and spent a year in Vietnam assigned to the 9th Infantry Division. In 2007, Ron co-founded Operation Vet 2 Vet through which he runs wellness groups at the VA in Providence. Ron is President of the Mental Health Council at the VA as well. Ron recently worked with the VA s National PTSD Center, which is based in Vermont, on a project called About Face, an online video gallery of veterans talking about living with PTSD. Ron is a featured speaker and he appears in advertising for the project. Ron enjoys living in the Connecticut countryside and he is very close to his family. His favorite word is Grampa. 7

8 Please Support The Kent Center s Annual Fund Yes, I want to support The Kent Center with my tax deductible gift of: $ Name: Street: City: State: Zip: Phone: Please cut out this form and send it along with your check, made payable to The Kent Center, to: The Kent Center, Development Office, 2756 Post Road, Suite 104, Warwick, RI Or log onto and make a secure credit card payment through Network for Good. You may also make your donation through the United Way, the Combined Federal Campaign (for federal employees) or the State Employee Charitable Appeal. (See your employer.) Thank you! 2756 Post Road Suite 104 Warwick, Rhode Island (401) Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Providence, RI Permit #1899 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED We re on The Web:

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