Bradley Hospital
Leaders in mental health care for children

Family Advisory Council at Bradley Hospital

Bradley Hospital's family advisory council was formed in 2013 with a mission to actively engage families as partners with Bradley Hospital. The main goal of the council is to continuously improve understanding and communication between the hospital/school staff and the family members they serve.

Family Advisory Council members
Family Advisory Council Members: Stephanie Wilmot, Christine Brown, MHA, Family Liaison, Mimi Young, Russell Raposa, Diane Hunter, Vareen O’Keefe-Domaleski, EdD, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.

The group’s many successes include:

  • Useful and important suggestions about academic programming
  • Access to resources and to service and advocacy information
  • Social opportunities for children and adolescents

Group discussions have resulted in several operational improvements.

Group Benefits

Parents in the group have found friendship with and support from each other. Though their families are different and have faced unique problems, they are all experienced parents of teens, and have much compassion and wisdom to share. They also share a desire to influence change at Bradley.

Several parents said that they feel that Bradley Hospital saved their children’s lives. They recognize Bradley as a unique resource for families in the area, and believe it is vitally important that Bradley continue its mission to help as many families as possible.

Talking with Teenagers

Join Us!

The Bradley Hospital parent advisory council welcomes new members. The group is open to all parents who have, or have recently had children at Bradley Hospital.

Contact Chris Brown at 401-432-1205 or

Council Leadership

The council is co-chaired by Christine Brown, director of the family and community liaison program at Bradley Hospital, and Vareen O’Keefe-Domaleski, EdD, MSN, vice president of nursing and patient care services at Bradley Hospital.


Meetings take place on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Pine Room at Bradley Hospital. Meetings begin with a light dinner, and most meetings feature guest visitors such as hospital leadership and clinical experts. For information, please contact Chris Brown at 401-432-1205 or