Program Now Address Co-occurring Addiction, Mental Health Issues

April 12, 2018

Newport County residents struggling with both substance use and mental health issues now have a new option for treatment. Newport Hospital has opened a new track within its existing Partial Hospitalization Program, entirely dedicated to patients with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. This expanded focus makes the program the only one of its kind in southern Rhode Island.

“Substance use and mental health disorders often go hand in hand,” says Jon Brett, Ph.D., director of the program. “By treating the whole person, rather than one disorder, we’re breaking down those silos and working toward creating a full continuum of care in our community for patients struggling with mental health/substance use disorders.”

The Partial Hospitalization Program delivers short-term, comprehensive, outpatient treatment to adults struggling with mental and behavioral health issues, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and now, co-occurring substance use disorders. The program offers a structured, intensive treatment environment during the day, while enabling patients to return home at night and on weekends.

“We’re so pleased to get this program launched and make this crucial treatment option accessible to residents of Newport County and beyond,” says Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital. “This program responds to a pressing community need, and was made possible by the generous support of many engaged and caring donors. We all know the toll that addiction and mental illness can take on our families and our community, and we are committed to providing comprehensive care.”

The new track is housed in freshly renovated and expanded space – created with the generous support of donors – in the Borden-Carey Building on the Newport Hospital campus, and officially welcomed its first patients on April 2. Visit for more information.