Post-Dispatch Article on New 988 Hotline

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  Provident therapist Jai Wilson was featured in an article about the success of the 988 Crisis Hotline in the January 3 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jai supervises the crisis service line. The article details the history of how the national hotline was developed and funded but also delves into the impact of its launch in Missouri. The … Read More

PCS Monitors ASPEN Program for Youth in Jefferson County

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PCS has been selected to monitor the ASPEN (Access to Services Providing Essential Needs) program during off-hours for the Jefferson County Health Department and Jefferson County school districts. Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in the number of students needing mental health resources. In 2018 in particular, the number of youth suicides increased in the community. The online ASPEN platform was established … Read More

New 988 crisis line works to fill gaps in in mental health services in Missouri


This article appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on January 3, 2023. Click here to read the original. ST. LOUIS — Some are desperately lonely. Others can’t stop suicidal thoughts. Sometimes, a school counselor calls needing advice on helping a student. Other times, it’s a concerned friend seeing ominous messages on social media. Calls to the new 988 crisis line … Read More

Rachel Ridings Joins Provident as Culture Champion and Recruiter

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Rachel Ridings has joined Provident as Culture Champion and Recruiter. As part of her job is to be a voice for DEI&B (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging), she or a DEI&B committee member will be writing regularly for this newsletter. What can we expect to see in the coming months? Blog posts featuring various diversity topics, new discussion groups, an … Read More

Lawlor and Drollinger Publish Op-Ed in St. Louis American

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Provident Board Chair Edward F. Lawlor and Provident President and Executive Director Kevin Drollinger collaborated on an article that was recently published in The St. Louis American about the urgent need to fund and support additional mental health services across the country. Drollinger and Lawlor touched on several important issues, such as the rise in mental health needs during the … Read More

Provident’s LaTanya Mackey Discusses Behavioral Health on Expert Panel

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Provident Clinical Site Supervisor LaTanya Mackey, LPC, NCC, participated in a panel discussion on November 15, hosted by FOCUS St. Louis and United Way of Greater St. Louis. LaTanya spoke about Provident’s services, how we address community needs, and our plans for addressing current gaps in care. The topic of the panel, “Overall Health, Vitality, and Success of Our Community: … Read More

Mental Health First Aid Training

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Clinical Site Supervisor Elizabeth Reinberg recently led a mental health first aid training for students, Mary Ryder Home leadership team, PCS team members, and members of the counseling department. The filled-to-capacity class was funded by a SAMHSA grant in partnership with the Missouri Institute of Mental Health and the Mental Health Missouri First Aid team. The course is a skills-based training … Read More

Provident Named Top Workplace

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Did you know? We can officially call ourselves an award-winning team… for the 5th year in a row! Provident was named one of the region’s Top Workplaces for 2022 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We are especially gratified because this award is given based on feedback from employees,” said Julie Ann Breneman, Director of Human Resources. “It shows the impact … Read More

PCS Receives 5-Year Contract for Disaster Distress Hotline


Provident Crisis Services recently received a $486,000 per year contract from SAMHSA to continue work answering the Disaster Distress Helpline. The five-year contract nearly doubled the previous annual contract amount. Provident is one of only three national crisis centers to answer this helpline. “The number of national disasters is, unfortunately, continuing to grow,” said Lindsay Jeffries, Director of Clinical Services. … Read More

Mary Ryder Home Transitions to an IRTS Model of Care

Mary Ryder Home, News

Congratulations to the Mary Ryder Home leadership team and to Provident’s executive staff and Board of Directors on their visionary work to reimagine the focus and mission for MRH going forward. Over the next four months, MRH will implement an Intensive Residential Treatment Setting (IRTS) model of care. The transition from the current legacy congregate model to IRTS is the … Read More