Rachel Ridings Joins Provident as Culture Champion and Recruiter

News, Staff Profile, Views

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

News, Views

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

Please Welcome Jennifer Becker, Provident’s Newest Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Staff Profile

Provident is pleased to announce that Jennifer Becker, MSN, PMHNP-BC, has joined our Psychiatric Services team. Jennifer is skilled in working with adolescent, adult, and geriatric service areas. She is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner and will work out of our downtown office, providing in-person and telemental health appointments Jennifer says she chose a career in psychiatric … 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

Provident Plans Access Center Team Expansion


Provident is pleased to announce our Access Center is increasing the size of its graduate student cohort, bringing the total number to six. Representative Cori Bush helped secure partial funding for the expanded staff. “The Access Center has been an incredible success, proving both that this service is needed and that our work is exceptional,” said LaTanya Mackey, who supervises … Read More

Samaria Crawford Brings High Tea, Conversation, and Hat Making to Mary Ryder Residents

Mary Ryder Home

“What are we gonna do today, Miss Sam?” This is the question Samaria Crawford gets asked by residents on most days in her position as a Residential Support Coordinator at Provident’s Mary Ryder Home (MRH). In August, she answered with “Tea Party!” Samaria had noticed that what MRH residents needed and wanted were activities that engaged them in thinking, creativity, … Read More