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Horizon Healthcare Announces Alliances

Horizon Healthcare Partners is just one of many new affiliations and alliances in healthcare these days but it asserts that its strategic alignments are quite different as a mental health network. HHP is a hub organization for several RI, home and community- based, locally- governed, non-profit, accredited and licensed community mental health organizations.  Though relatively new, it acts on behalf of community based programs at thirty locations in RI.  HHP member agencies currently provide over 50 million dollars a year in diverse services to RI’s most at risk residents. 

HHP recently made three announcements.  HHP is relocating its main RI office from Warwick to Providence and collaborating with the Social Enterprise Greenhouse.  They will collocate at 10 Davol Square.  SEG is the recipient of the 2014 Business Excellence Award in the non-profit sector.  They are an accelerator for purpose driven new for-profit and non-profit businesses.

Chris Stephens, President/CEO of HHP noted, “SEG shares our mission of providing technical assistance and advocacy for business enterprises and smaller non-profits that create and support employment and job creation.”

The second announcement by HHP is that it has collaborated with the Washington, DC based Alliance for Stronger Families and Communities in reconfiguring services for The Alliance’s national network of 600 multi-service agencies, including HHP.  Chris Stephens of HHP will serve on their national CEO Advisory Council and maintain a part-time HHP office in DC.  Stephens noted, “This is an exciting membership opportunity that will expand HHP member agencies’ critical incident/disaster response contracting opportunities with businesses.  We also anticipate exploring hosting an Alliance Ways to Work lending program for clients reentering the workforce and in need of used auto loans.”

Lastly, HHP noted that its network of Community Care Alliance, The Kent Center, Newport County Community Mental Health Center and Riverwood Mental Health Services is in active discussions with several other community based non-profits including TIDES Family Service, East Bay Community Mental Health Center and others.  Potential strategic alliances provide an opportunity to sustain smaller home and community based non-profits during a period of merger and consolidation.

Stephens closed by noting, “We are not going to let healthcare business interests reframe mental health as strictly a healthcare service.  Quality community-based behavioral health services at HHP member agencies includes providing housing, education, employment, peer support and care coordination that enables recovery.  We are excited to have allies that still believe in the value provided to all Rhode Islanders when social enterprises and non-profits grow and support community- based services.”