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April 2024 Newsletter

In this issue of the Riverside newsletter we share a glimpse into a special program for families, exciting recent events around Riverside, and a helpful webinar you may want to tune into!

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Riverside CEO Marsha Medalie Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Riverside CEO Marsha Medalie receives a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, the nation’s premier behavioral healthcare organization. Congratulations, Marsha!

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The ABCs of ERGs: Interviewing the Leader of Riverside’s Power of Lived Experience Group

Read an exciting new interview with Louie Mackie, Chair of our Power of Lived Experience ERG, to learn how Riverside’s Employee Resource Groups are fostering inclusion and supporting the mental wellness of our staff.

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Recapping Riverside’s Annual Gala: Another Tremendous Success!

Riverside’s annual Gala was a tremendous success! On Friday, April 5, our event featured impactful speakers, delicious food, and overwhelmingly positive energy. Check out our recap to learn more.

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Western Mass Employment Collaborative’s Project Coordinator and Employer Liaison Appears on Channel 22

Christine Ventulett-Buckley of the Western Mass Employment Collaborative (WMEC) recently appeared on Springfield Channel 22 for a special “In Focus” segment to discuss the myriad of ways WMEC helps bring independence to individuals with physical or developmental disabilities by helping them secure sustainable employment. Watch her interview now.

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Community Behavioral Health Centers One Year Later

One year into the initiative, National Public Radio took the pulse of Community Behavioral Health Centers (CBHCs).

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Marsha Medalie to Retire After 30 Years

Riverside CEO Marsha Medalie will retire on June 30, 2024, with current President Vic DiGravio taking the helm as CEO on July 1. Read her letter to the community here. 

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Sharing Your Home and Your Heart: An Interview with a Shared Living Provider

Riverside’s Shared Living program matches adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, or acquired brain injuries with welcoming individuals or families in their community for long-term, in-home placement. Throughout this interview, Shared Living Provider Stella explains why she loves the program and how Shared Living truly enriches the lives of all who are involved.

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Riverside’s Partnership with the Norwood Police Department

Riverside has partnered with local police departments and embedded clinicians in Norwood, Dedham, Needham, Walpole, Ashland, and Sturbridge to work with officers and go on calls that might be related to mental health or substance use.

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Showering Expectant Parents with Support: Riverside’s Community Baby Shower to be Held January 31

Early Head Start’s annual community baby showers are open to all pregnant women (or parents with an infant up to three months old) residing in Cambridge, Somerville, or Medford. These free showers help parents understand newborn behaviors and prepare them for unexpected challenges they might encounter.

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