Rhode Island Integrated Care Education (RIICE Project)
What is the RIICE Project?
The Rhode Island Integrated Care Education Project is an initiative to increase the number of Masters level social workers serving vulnerable populations in Rhode Island. RIICE complements the state’s efforts to expand the number of behavioral health clinicians utilizing community health teams and integrated primary care clinics. RIICE scholars receive education and training in team-based integrated care in primary care settings in a medically underserved area. The RIICE Program is led by Interim Dean and Professor Jayashree Nimmagadda, Ph.D., MSW, LICSW, Field Education Coordinator Mary McLaughlin, MSW, LICSW, and Evaluation Consultant Daniel Weisman, Ph.D. The project is made possible by a grant received by Rhode Island College School of Social Work from the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Where are RIICE Field Sites?
The RIICE program aims to establish partnerships between the RIC School of Social Work and community health care centers and other primary care clinics that serve vulnerable and underserved populations. Current RIICE field sites include Thundermist Health Center, Tri-Community Action Agency, Providence Health Centers, Wood River Health Center, Family Care Center at Memorial Hospital, Rhode Island Free Clinic and Coastal Medical.
Who are RIICE Scholars?
RIICE Scholars are current RIC MSW students in their advanced year on the clinical concentration track. RIICE Scholars are trained to provide behavioral health services in a team-based integrated setting. Additional benefits of being a RIICE scholar include earning a $ 10,000 stipend, developing expertise in behavioral health care within a primary care setting, and gaining experience working with individuals across the lifespan. To become a RIICE Scholar, apply here.