I hope that you had a great summer. While we have taken some time to relax (you can see the adventures our employees have taken on our Instagram page) we are still moving ahead on many fronts here at Riverside. As we continue to meet the needs of the communities we serve, I am pleased to share with you a few of the things we are working on.
Riverside Refer App
In recent years, we have dealt with the daily reality of waiting lists as people call seeking our services. To address this reality, after searching nationally for an app to help us, we have developed and are testing our own software product that will improve access to other organizations and to private practitioners to help reduce or eliminate these waiting lists. Our app will allow us to easily make referrals for individuals and families seeking help. If the app works as planned, we will roll it out across our organization and potentially offer it across the state.
We have been exploring a campaign to enable us to construct a large addition on four acres we own in South Central Massachusetts to house a number of our services. An engineering study found the project can be completed on the site, and we are meeting with architects and talking to prospective donors. Our hope is to complete this effort within two years.
New Homes for Individuals Living with a Brain Injury
We are pleased to be opening two new homes for individuals living with a brain injury – one in Foxboro and the other in Watertown. We expect these sites to be open within a few months and have already identified the people who will live there.
Riverside Community Partners
Last but not least, we have been awarded a contract with the Commonwealth to provide care management for adults who have MassHealth (Medicaid) across a broad geography. Our partners in this project, called Riverside Community Partners, include: The Dimock Center, Lynn Health Center, Upham’s Corner Health Center, the Edinburg Center, North Suffolk Mental Health, and Brookline Mental Health. Riverside Community Partners will help support people through care management, who are facing challenges with both their health and behavioral health. Our two CSAs will serve as the care management program for children and youth. We will be working very closely with a number of hospitals and many physician groups.
We look forward to continuing to drive innovation and provide quality, compassionate, and local behavioral healthcare and human services in our community.
~Scott M. Bock, Founder and President/CEO