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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Meet Our Teams

Thomas Mock, LICSW, ALSW, BCD
(Chief, Social Work and GEC Service)
- Melissa Franklin
(Program Support for SW and GEC)

Dialysis/In-patient/Primary Care Coordinator
- Sarah Stevenson, LICSW

The Nephrology Social Worker provides on-going supportive counseling, education, and case management to patients receiving hemo-dialysis and to their family members.
National Kidney Foundation 
End-Stage Renal Disease Network of New  England
Organ Bank
American Transplant Association 

OEF/OIF/OND Coordinator (Acting)
(Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn)
- Laurie Harris, LICSW

The OEF/OIF/OND team at the Providence VAMC outreaches to all active duty service members, returning combat Veterans, and their families in Rhode Island, Southeastern MA, and parts of Connecticut.  The team provides a seamless transition into VA healthcare, assistance with VBA claims and educational opportunities, offers support, case management services, and referral to appropriate community resources to help make their adjustment from the military to civilian life easier.

TBI/Polytrauma/Spinal Cord Injury Coordinator
- Marie Sullivan, LICSW

Provides assessment and case management of veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain and Spinal cord injuries. (VA spinal cord injury and disorder website)

Primary Care

Social workers in the primary care unit assist with psychosocial needs, advance directives, and caregiver supports. They provide information about Veteran and community resources.  A few such resources include information about housing, fuel assistance, employment agencies, food stamp programs, home care resources, transportation, and  guidance with Veterans benefits.  Social Workers are also available for supportive counseling to Veterans and their families. 

Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC)

Home Health Aid Program (HHA)
- Max Arias, ACSW, LICSW

The HHA program works to assist in providing personal care and related support services that enable frail and disable veterans to live at home.

Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC)
- Laurie Wilson, NP, HBPC Coordinator (Acting)

Provides home-based primary care services to eligible veterans.

Palliative Care
- Laura Mercer, NP
- Susan Cesaro, LICSW

The palliative care social worker is a member of palliative care team which provides support, education and care planning to veterans and their families with advance illness

Nursing Home & State Veterans Home Coordinator
- Juleigh Wilson, LISCW

The community Nursing Home Program provides administrative oversight to several nursing homes in RI and southeastern Massachusetts.  A social worker or nurse alternate monthly follow-up visits to assure that veterans receive timely, appropriate, and quality care.

Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Social workers on the in-patient psychiatric unit complete comprehensive psycho-social assessments, provide supportive counseling and education to patients and families, and coordinate safe and appropriate discharge plans.  (Guide to Mental Health Services) 

Caregiver Support Coordinator

- Kathy Langford, LICSW

The Caregiver Support Coordinator provides outreach, education, support, and benefits counseling to Veterans of all eras and their Caregivers.



Our Team of Social Workers:

Thomas Mock, LICSW, ALSW, BCD
Max Arias, ACSW, LICSW
Mary Barros, LICSW
Erin Butler, LICSW
Heather Cayouette, LICSW
Susan Cesaro, LICSW
Stacy Deorsey, LICSW
Kelly DeSousa, LICSW
Rochelle Fortin, LICSW
Robert Fournier, LICSW
Jessica Fultz, LICSW
Laurie Harris, LCSW
Maureen Hebert, LCSW
Ron Jolin, LICSW
Kathy Langford, LICSW
Vivian Madrid, LICSW
Corinne Marlow, LICSW
Tonya Maselli Mcconnell, LICSW
Lucy Ramos, LICSW
Elizabeth Serin
Sarah Stevenson, LICSW
Dan Sullivan, LICSW
Marie Sullivan, LICSW
Ivy Teixeira, LCSW
Kelly-Lynne Ward-Miller, LICSW
Juleigh Wilson, LISCW

Services at our CBOCs
(The Providence VAMC also has Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Middletown RI, Bedford MA, and Hyannis MA.  Click CBOCs for more information)

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