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Behavioral Health 

How can the Behavioral Health Team help?

Rhode Island Primary Care Physician’s Corporation physicians know that your health includes the whole person, mind and body.

The Behavioral Health Department is a team of care providers with diverse knowledge and skills to help manage the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of our patients. Team members and services include:

Social Work Liaisons

Assistance with Social Determinants of Health including:

  • Housing and Utilities
  • Family Resources
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Food Insecurity
  • Transportation

School Advocacy

  • IEP
  • 504 Plans

Elder Care Services

  • Long term care transition support
  • Caregiving Resources

Behavioral Health Clinicians

LIGHT Program: Leading Individuals to Gain Help and Treatment

On call consultation available to all practices for patient support

Brief short term focused therapy available in person or through telehealth sessions.  Clinicians will meet with patients up to 10 sessions and assess need for continued therapy in the community.  The following is a list of types of therapy offered:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Grief and Loss
  • Solution focused therapy

Pediatric Integrated Behavioral Health

  • Select pediatric practices now have a clinician who helps address acute psychiatric emergencies.
  • Clinicians act as a bridge to long term therapy in the community.

Behavioral Health Referral Coordinators

Coordinates Behavioral Health referrals from physicians.  These include:

  • Medication management
  • Psychotherapy
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Family and couple's therapy
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Neuropsychological Assessment

Each referral is managed and communicated with our patients within 72 hours of receiving from the physician.  A phone call or text message will be sent to the patient for patient collaboration.

Our team of referral coordinators have developed preferred relationships with multiple private behavioral health offices across Rhode Island allowing our patients to have sooner access to appointments.

To contact a member of our social work team, please call our behavioral health line at (401) 214-5517

If you are a mental health provider in the community and wish to develop a referral partnership, please complete the Behavioral Health Compact Form and email your completed form to

Meet the RIPCPC Behavioral Health Team

Aleah Bagwell-Moreino

Behavioral Health Clinician

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Ciara Sweat

Behavioral Health Clinician

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Nicole Nadich

Social Work Liaison

Melissa Cocroft

Social Work Liaison

Jorge Castillo

Social Work Liaison

Courtney Arruda

Social Work Liaison

Carrie Dipietro

Social Work Liaison

Katie Connolly

Social Work Liaison

Hillary Torres

Referral Coordinator

Ariel Martinez

Referral Coordinator

Jeanette Gittens

Referral Coordinator

Ashley Strobing

MSW Intern