Meet Our Teams - VA Providence Healthcare System
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VA Providence Healthcare System


Meet Our Teams


Caitlin Oliveira, LICSW
(Chief, Social Work Service)

Nephrology and Primary Care Social Work Coordinator
Sarah Stevenson, LICSW, NSW-C, CCM

The Nephrology Coordinator provides on-going supportive counseling, education, and case management to patients with End Stage Renal Disease and to those Veterans who are receiving kidney replacement therapies at Providence VAMC, and to their families. Helpful resources for Veterans with kidney failure include:
National Kidney Foundation 
New England Organ Bank

Transition and Case Management (TCM) Program Coordinator
Erin L. Butler, LICSW

The TCM team at the Providence VAMC outreaches to all post-9/11 Veterans 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.
Program Staff
Laurie Harris, LCSWI
Ivy Tumlinson, LCSW

TBI/Polytrauma & Spinal Cord Injury / ALS Coordinator
Marie Sullivan, LICSW/CCM

Provides assessment and case management of veterans suffering from Polytrauma/TBI and Spinal Cord Injuries/ALS. (VA spinal cord injury and disorder website)

Primary Care
Open Access Telephone: 401-273-7100 x 4229 Social workers in the Primary Care Clinic assist with a broad range of psycho-social needs for Veterans and families accessing primary care. They provide information about resources, such as advance care planning, utility and food assistance, home care, respite care, nursing homes, cognitive screenings, transportation and supportive counseling.  

Primary Care Social Work Staff
Ashley Ivey, LICSW
Mary Barros, LICSW
Barbara Boulanger, LICSW
Kristen Campanelli, LCSW
Stacey Deorsey, LICSW

Caregiver Support Program Coordinator
Kathleen Langford, LICSW, CCM
401-273-7100 x 3283

The Caregiver Support Program is comprised of two tracts: a General Caregiver Program and the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. The program team includes a Social Worker and a Behavioral Health RN, who are available to provide support to Caregivers of Veterans in Rhode Island, Southeastern Mass. and parts of Connecticut. The team offers assistance in navigating VA, to include VA health care, benefits counseling and VBA claims. In addition, outreach, home visits , education, resources and case management services are available, to include referral to appropriate community resources.
National Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274

Caregiver Support Program Staff
Sarah Cavanaugh, LCSW – General Caregiver Program
Jacki Ashley, RN – Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP)
Lucy Ramos, LICSW
401-273-7100 x6539

The IPVAP is committed to ensuring that Veterans, their partners and VA employees who experience or use IPV are treated with dignity and respect. Veterans will be screened, assessed and offered services including crisis assistance, safety planning, advocacy, case management, counseling and/or housing.

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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