Serving the Mental Health Needs of Postsecondary Students




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Summit on Serving the Mental Health Needs of Postsecondary Students


 Join leadership, faculty, staff, and students from Rhode Island public and private institutions, government partners, mental health providers, and insurers for plenary sessions and expert panels focused on supporting our postsecondary students.


Monday, January 7, 2019

The Rhode Island Nursing Education Center

350 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903


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Parking Information

Please park in the South Street Landing Garage located at 342 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903. Upon entering the garage, pull a paper ticket from the kiosk and bring this ticket with you to the registration table so a member of our events team can validate your parking.


Venue Details

The Summit will be hosted at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center (RINEC) which is located in South Street Landing (SSL) at 350 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903. Once you have parked in the garage, please exit onto Eddy Street and proceed left down Eddy where you will see the SSL pylon. SSL is a large, 6-story brick building setback from Eddy Street. Upon entering SSL, please follow the signs for the Summit or stop at the security desk in the main lobby for directions. There will be signs and volunteers to help guide you to the correct location once you’ve entered the building. 



 8-8:30am Registration and Networking

Information tables for local community mental health centers


8:30-8:40am Welcome

Governor Gina Raimondo and Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier

Emcee: E. Bess Wilbur, Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner


8:45-9:10am Presentation: The State of Mental Health Services at RI’s Postsecondary Institutions

Dr. Nance Roy, Jed Foundation


9:15-10:15am Panel 1 - Institutional Leadership: Serving Our Students Well


President Frank Sánchez (Rhode Island College)

President Christina Paxson (Brown University)

Moderated by Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, RI Department of Health


10:15-10:30 Break


10:30-11:30am Panel 2 - Postsecondary Students: Building Communities on Campus


Matthew Flathers (Project LETS, Brown University)

Olive Swinski (Learning for Life, Rhode Island College)

Jeffrey Ellis (Active Minds Chapter, Bryant University)

Ryan Yun (Psychology Club, Community College of Rhode Island)

Moderated by Dr. Vanessa Britto, Brown University


11:35-12:35pm Panel 3 - Counseling Center Directors: Connecting Students to Care


Dr. Will Meek (Brown University)

Dr. Chantelle Pseekos (Rhode Island College),

Dr. Cory Clark (University of Rhode Island)

Stephanie Dixon (Johnson and Wales University)

Moderated by Dr. Jason Meriwether, Rhode Island College


12:35-1:35pm Lunch: Discussion and Networking Opportunity

Information tables for local community mental health centers


1:35-2:35pm Panel 4 - National Resources for Campus Counseling Centers


Dr. Nance Roy (Jed Foundation)

Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (Steve Fund)                                                                 

Dr. Sarah Ketchen Lipson (Healthy Minds Network)

Dr. Mary Hoban (American College Health Association)

Moderated by Tom Coderre, Office of Governor Raimondo


2:35 - 2:50 Break 


2:50-3:50pm Panel 5 - Community and Supplemental Resources for Postsecondary Students


Erin Ursillo LMHC (Butler)

Jayeson Watts LICSW (Thundermist)

Kasim Yarn (RI Serves)

Erika Cannon LMHC (Thrive)

Moderated by Director Rebecca Boss, RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals


3:55-4:30pm Closing Keynote - Advancing Care on Campus

Concluding Remarks: CongressmanPatrick Kennedy  + Amy Petitgout Kennedy

Next Steps: Hon. Thomas Izzo




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