Harbor Receives PRIME Certification for Behavioral Health Integration

2017 PCMH PRIME CertifiedHarbor Health Services, Inc. is proud to announce that all of its health centers that provide primary care have received PCMH PRIME Certification. Neponset Health Center, Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, Harbor Community Health Center Hyannis, and Harbor Community Plymouth have all met the criteria for integrating behavioral health services into a primary care setting. The PCMH Prime Certification Program was developed by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

The program requires that practices meet majority of the following criteria and order to receive the certification:

  • Behavioral Health Integration: Integration of behavioral health through formal agreements, co-location or provider integration.
  • Comprehensive Health Assessment: Comprehensive health assessments that include screenings for behavioral health conditions, such as depression, post-partum depression, anxiety, developmental delays and substance use disorder.
  • Identifying High-Risk Patients: IA system for identifying high-risk patients for targeted care management.
  • Referral Tracking and Follow-Up: Tracking and following up on referrals to specialists, including behavioral healthcare providers.
  • Evidence-Based Decision Support:Using evidence-based guidelines to make decisions about support for mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Addiction Treatment:Medication-assisted treatment for addiction.

Behavioral Health Consultants at Harbor Health Services, Inc. work with patients and their care teams to discuss and create care plans for a variety of physical and emotional health problems including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Illness/ Pain
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Grief and Loss
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Tobbacco Use
  • Weight Loss

For more information about Harbor Health’s Integrated Behavioral Health Services, please contact your local health center.






Neponset Health Center Board Room Dedicated to Long-time Employee

Friends, family, and staff gathered to honor Freda Nola, who recently retired after 40 years with Neponset Health Center (NHC) in Dorchester, by renaming the NHC Board Room in her name! Freda joined the NHC Board of Directors in 1974, and then became the health center’s switchboard operator in 1976.

Speakers at the event included Chuck Jones, President and CEO of Harbor Health Services, Inc. (HHSI), Kevin Casey, Executive Director of Neponset Health Center and Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, and Dan Driscoll, former President and CEO of HHSI and also Freda’s co-worker for 40 years. Freda’s husband, children, friends and co-workers gathered for the dedication ceremony and unveiling of the “Freda T. Nolan Board Room.”

Welcome New CEO Chuck Jones!

  chuck-jonesChuck Jones has assumed the role of  President & Chief Executive Officer of Harbor Health Services, Inc. (HHSI). Mr. Jones succeeds Dan Driscoll, who retired in February after 40 years of service at HHSI. Prior to joining HHSI, Mr. Jones was the CEO of Thundermist Health Center in Rhode Island. Mr. Jones joined Thundermist in 2008 as Chief Information Officer and added responsibilities as Executive Director of the Woonsocket center shortly thereafter. In 2011, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer. He serves on the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Health Center Association and the Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council.

Prior to joining Thundermist, Mr. Jones spent 9 years focused on technology outsourcing and consulting primarily in the health care industry. He graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy and later earned a Masters of Business Administration from Bentley College. Mr. Jones served for three years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer with tours in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and many ports on both coasts of the U.S.


New Dental Lift Chair for People Who Use Wheelchairs at Harbor Community Health Center-Hyannis



HYANNIS–Proper dental care can be a challenge for people who use wheelchairs. Many patients feel vulnerable when removed from their wheelchairs, and transfer to a dental chair can be daunting for both patients and dental providers. Remaining seated in a wheelchair doesn’t allow for the reclined angle or stability necessary for many dental procedures.

All this was a big concern for dentist at Harbor Health Services who treated patients in wheelchairs, especially during oral surgery and other complex procedures. “It’s really best for a patient to be at a 180 degree angle for many procedures,” explains Dr. Danisel Gil. Often, he adds, even patients who are able to transfer to the standard dental chair do not have the muscle control necessary to maintain the proper position, resulting in a precarious and distressing situation.

Harbor Community Health Center-Hyannis is delighted to announce that many of those concerns are able to be addressed thanks to a new wheelchair tilt available at the organization’s Attuck’s Lane dental offices. Custom made, the tilt is a lift which permits the patient to remain seated, reclining both the patient and the wheelchair and allowing the dental provider to adjust the degree of tilt during treatment. The lift is safe and comfortable, and it allows patients to be receive the services they need. Also of primary importance is that it allows Harbor Health Services dental providers to maintain patients’ dignity while receiving services.

Patients and others who would like to learn more or to schedule an appointment may contact Harbor Health Services at 508 778-5440.

Children’s Dental Health Month 2017


By: Jacqueline St. Pierre, DMD

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! It is important for all children to go to the dentist regularly, every six months, just like adults! Children need to start coming to the dentist around their first birthday. At this visit, parents can expect the dentist to look at the child’s teeth, clean them and apply fluoride. This visit is also important to educate the parents about how often to brush their children’s teeth (twice a day!), when to floss (every night!), and the importance of not going to bed with a bottle or cup of milk or juice. Your child should always go to bed with clean teeth!

In addition to regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist, fluoride can help keep your child’s teeth cavity free! Your child may be getting fluoride every day because it is added to many local water supplies, including the Boston area, but sadly it is lacking from many areas on the Cape. Fluoride is important because it helps make the teeth stronger to protect against the main causes of cavities. It can even reverse the beginning stages of cavities! When your child comes in for their cleaning, they will receive fluoride varnish painted onto their teeth. Fluoride varnish may even be applied when your child visits their pediatrician, particularly for their yearly physical exams! You should talk to your dentist about fluoride to determine if your child is getting enough on a regular basis. In order to make sure that the teeth are properly cleaned, you should continue to help brush your child’s teeth until about age 6. A good guide is that when your child is able to tie their own shoes, they are capable of brushing their own teeth. At this point, parents should still check to make sure the child has done a good job and that the teeth are clean and they may still need to assist with flossing. This is also around the age that your child can start to use an over-the-counter fluoride mouthwash and your dentist will let you know if they recommend this.

We look forward to seeing you and your child at their next visit to the dentist!

Join us for FREE children’s dental screenings in Dorchester and Plymouth!

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