About Us

Vision & Mission 

Vision Statement: All Rhode Island children, youth, adults and families access and receive a comprehensive range of individualized behavioral health and related services, opportunities and supports to ensure they are safe, live in healthy homes and communities and have successful futures with purpose.

 

Mission statement:  Peers with behavioral health lived experience and our partners empower individuals and families through dynamic supports, education, and advocacy to prevent abuse and neglect and progress towards universal health, wellness, and recovery.

We are a growing group of family members, youth, and adults who are working together with communities, agencies and policy makers to promote awareness for the safety, health, well-being, and recovery of individuals of all ages who are risk or who have behavioral health challenges. We have grown from a group of parents helping one another with our children with serious mental health challenges and now we have grown into a strong peer to peer network supporting and assisting each other across the lifespan and generations and advocating for change.  We are building community and the village we need and we have a number of programs that support these efforts!

Statewide Family Network Recipient

Parent Support Network (PSN) was started 1988 by parents leaders who had children in Bradley Hospital and we were founded by working with the RI Mental Health Association, the Kent Center, federal, state, and community partners.  By 1993, PSN became in independent 501c3 non-profit organization and a Statewide Family Network family run organization.  Today we are nationally recognized as a Statewide Family Network and System of Care partner by the Center for Mental Health Services at the Federal Substance Use Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).    PSN is led by parents who have lived experience with children who have behavioral health challenges and we are have experience working with early childhood, health, education, behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and all social services.  We are committed to system of care principles and values in our operations. We are funded by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF); Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE); Department of Behavioral Healthcare Development Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH), and the Department of Health (DOH). We are a chapter of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health and a member of the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association.  To Learn More...

Parent Support Network of Rhode Island is a chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA).  As the State PCA Chapter we work to promote the healthy development children and the prevention of child abuse and neglect. We are committed to working in partnership with the state, communities, and the Health Families to promote public awareness and ensure  good policies that protect children and ensure access to the prevention, treatment intervention, community resources and supports needed by children and and their primary caregivers.   To Learn More... 

Youth Speaking Out is a youth led initiative at Parent Support Network representing youth and young adults between the ages  12 to 26 years old who provide each other with peer support and raise public awareness about youth and young adults who are at risk or who have mental health, substance use, or co-occurring mental health and substance use challenges.    To Learn More...

Peers 4 Recovery is our Statewide Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Program focused on building and supporting a strong statewide workforce of Certified Peer Recovery Specialists in partnership with the state, behavioral health service providers and other community agencies who work with adults with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring mental health and substance use, and in recovery.  We practice recovery principles and we assist with connections to multiple pathways to recovery.  To Learn More...

HOPE Recovery Center of Newport County is a peer run recovery community organization dedicated to providing peer based recovery and support services to individuals with mental health and/or substance use challenges and we work with state and community partners to raise public awareness about recovery and wellness with the community and to assist, link and coordinate individuals into treatment and to other needed services and supports.  HOPE offers ongoing space for peer recovery and wellness groups and activities to take place daily check out our calendar. To learn More...