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Behavioral Health Services

Caring Health Center’s Behavioral Health Department Staff is dedicated to providing confidential, empathetic and effective brief therapy to all CHC patients. Our services include immediate brief stabilization interventions to our patients during medical visits. We then offer short term individual therapy to patients identified by their PCPs as in need of counseling support services. All of our patients can attend an 8 week ongoing Relaxation Group where they will learn how to improve their mood, decrease anxiety and cope with daily stressors effectively. Our Community Support Staff provides case management services to clients requiring assistance in accessing community resources. Services are provided in multiple languages, Spanish, English, Arabic, Somali, Nepali and Vietnamese or with an interpreter as needed. Our interpreters have all been trained to conduct both Medical and Behavioral Health interpreting. Many of our patients require more long term therapy and are referred to local collaborating Mental Health agencies.

Our Staff

• Jane K. Desmarias, LICSW, Director of Behavioral Health Dept. (English)

• Kathryn Proulx, P.h.D., Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

• Zainab Abdi, LICSW, Clinical Supervisor (Arabic, Somali, English), Family Health

• Joseph Grasty, LADC, Recovery Coordinator, CSP Supervisor

• Miguel A. Nieves-Rivera, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist (Spanish, English) Gandara

• Diante Ellis, LCSW, Clinician

• Bhuwan Gautam, Community Support Program (Nepali, English)

• Elba Mendez, Community Support Program (Spanish, English)

• Brittney Meadows, BSW, Recovery Community Support Program

• Pedro Rosado, Recovery Community Support Program, Peer Recovery Coach

• Rawand Allami, Community Support Program

• Crystal E. Gonzalez, Community Support Program

• Shirley LeBron, B.A., Registration Specialist