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98% Satisfaction Rating from People Served

One of our five value statements at Riverside is “excellence must be a guiding force in everything we do.” As part of this commitment to excellence, each year we survey those we serve to learn what we are doing well, as well as what we can do better and where we can grow. The surveys are anonymous and administered electronically. I’m very pleased to repo… read more >


“There is someone standing ready …”

I am Lisa Newell and I am bi-polar and in recovery from abusing alcohol and drugs.   I have to say, the mood swings started young. I went into a major depressive episode around the age of 12. From there, periods of risky behaviors and endless amounts of time in bed followed me through my 20s and 30s. During all those years I went to therapists and psyc… read more >


“Changes do happen in people’s lives”

“At the age of 58, I have changed the way I think and want to live … I’ve learned to love me.” William H. is one of 2,200 people enrolled with Riverside Community Partners, a Behavioral Health Community Partner Program.  BH CPs collaborate with Accountable Care Organizations and physicians to ensure better coordinated care. Enrollees get assistance navig… read more >


Don’t Blame Mental Illness for Violence:
It’s Not Accurate and It Hurts

The ongoing mass violence in this country somehow, over and over, leads politicians and the press to shine a spotlight on mental illness as if it is the cause.  It’s tempting to think that this makes sense, and it is even more tempting to be hopeful that funding will improve for services for people who need support and treatment.  None of this, however, is re… read more >


The Unique Skills of a Family Partner

Meet Lorrissa Ely, a Family Partner with the Riverside Community Service Agency based in Needham.  Lorrissa has worked at Riverside for 10 years. Family Partners have experience as a parent or other caregiver of a youth with mental health issues or special needs, and they help parents learn how to navigate the child-serving systems, identify community supports, … read more >