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.