In Their Own Words: Current Mental Health Challenges In Rhode Island

This report is dedicated to the fond memory of two of the most outstanding advocates for mental health in Rhode Island over the last 40 years: Joseph Bevilacqua and Daniel McCarthy! Unbelievably, these two close colleagues died 8 days apart in February 2017. Dr. Bevilacqua was the charismatic Director of the Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation & Hospitals (MHRH) from 1975 to 1981. He ably led the deinstitutionalization movement in Rhode Island. During this same period of time at MHRH, Dan McCarthy was responsible for the development of community mental health service in Rhode Island; and was nationally recognized for the Assertive Community Treatment Program (ACT) which he fostered in conjunction with the local Community Mental Health Centers. In their retirement, both of these gentlemen volunteered to serve for a substantial period of time on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island (MHARI) reflecting their true personal dedication to the improvement of mental health in Rhode Island. MHARI will sorely miss these two great guys! They were both exceptional in their mental health leadership, commitment, and comradery!

J. Clement Cicilline
President, Board of Directors
Mental Health Association of Rhode Island

In Their Own Words: Current Mental Health Challenges In Rhode Island