Social Work Service - VA Providence Healthcare System
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VA Social Work Services

Social workers at the Providence VAMC are licensed master’s degree-level clinicians, who can be found throughout a variety of programs providing a wide range of services to Veterans. If you have a question or problem, a social worker may be able to assist, or direct you to the person who can help. Social workers provide clinical case management, care coordination, individual and group psychotherapy, psychosocial assessment, home health care coordination, community education, caregiver supports, and end-of-life and advance care planning.

Our social workers assist Veterans across the continuum of care, including in collaboration with Primary Care, specialty medical and mental health programs, new Veterans who are transitioning into VA care, geriatric Veterans, and those who live with chronic mental and physical illness. Additionally, social workers can help connect Veterans and their families to financial and/or housing assistance, benefits information and enrollment, or with obtaining services to help you age in place. VA social workers accomplish this by completing assessments and making referrals to both VA and community-based resources. Enrollment in specific programs is based on eligibility.


Caregiver Support Program

Kathy Langford, LICSW, CCM
401-273-7100 ext. 13283

The Caregiver Support Program (CSP) is nationally available to provide support to Caregivers of eligible Veterans enrolled in VA care.   The CSP team of Social Workers and RNs assess for Program eligibility based on a Veteran’s Period of Service, Service Connection and additional clinical criteria. The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) requires an application; the Program of General Caregiver Support Services (PGCSS) does not. The Team provides assistance to Caregivers with navigating the VA,  the application or enrollment process, benefits counseling., education, resources and support that may include Wellness Contacts and Home Visits. Community Outreach and referrals to community agencies and resources are included in assessing Veteran and Caregiver needs.
National Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274

Caregiver Support Staff
Sarah Cavanaugh, LICSW
Jacquelyn Ashley, RN
Stacey Deorsey, LICSW
Barbara Boulanger, LICSW
Ashley Ivey, LICSW
Michelle Lamothe, RN
Crysta Madden 

Case Management Program Coordinator (Post 9/11 CM, Primary Care, In-Patient)

Erin L. Butler, LICSW, CCM
401-273-7100 ext. 16137

Post 9/11 M2VA Case Management Program
The Post 9/11 M2VA Case Management team at the Providence VAMC outreaches to all post-9/11 Veterans, providing 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. 

Post 9/11 M2VA Case Management Staff
Laurie Harris, LICSW, CCM

Primary Care Social Work
Social workers in the Primary Care Clinic assist with a broad range of psychosocial 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 Staff
Mary Barros, LCSW
Kristen Campanelli, LICSW
Kristen Anthony, LICSW
Claudette Bannerman, LCSW

Inpatient Medical Social Work
Social workers on the Inpatient Medical Floor provide assessment, care coordination, and referral/resource information to Veterans medically admitted to the Providence VA Medical Center.  Through interdisciplinary collaboration, social workers seek to promote safe and appropriate discharge plans.

Inpatient Medical Staff
Elizabeth Wessen, LICSW
Jennifer Pace, LCSW

Out-Patient Specialty Social Worker

Sarah Stevenson, LICSW, NSW-C, CCM
401-273-7100 ext. 16405

The Out-Patient Specialty Social Worker provides on-going supportive counseling, education, and case management to Veterans in the dialysis unit as well as to those Veterans receiving treatment in the Renal, Pulmonary, Cardiology, and ID clinics. Caregiver support is also provided to families and loved ones of Veterans coping with chronic illnesses. The Out-Patient Specialty Social Worker also serves as the point of contact for the Advance Care Planning Group Visit initiative which offers education in a group setting to Veterans and their loved ones about advance care planning goals and preferences.

TBI/Polytrauma & Spinal Cord Injury / ALS Coordinator

Marie Sullivan, LICSW, CCM
401-273-7100 ext. 13425

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

Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP)

Lucy Ramos, LICSW
401-273-7100 x16539

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 other community resources.