CEO, horizon healthcare partners
Jim Ryczek joined Horizon Healthcare Partners in December 2017. Since then he has led the partnership on development of a collaborative Electronic Health Record, as well as secured the state’s Behavioral Healthcare Link grant to establish a statewide 24/7 psychiatric and substance use triage and call center.
Previously, he served as E.D. of The RI Coalition for the Homeless (RICH) for more than 10 years. He worked with his dedicated and talented staff at RICH to broadened the Coalition’s programs to include strategic communications as well as more expansive grassroots organizing and public policy advocacy. In his work, he promotes the principals of a Learning Organization, as well as the ideal of stewardship of mission as the focus of his professional practice.
Prior to his position at RICH, Jim was Director of Field Education at the RI College, School of Social Work. He also worked at The Miriam Hospital as a clinical social worker with Project Bridge. As a professional social worker, he has worked with populations affected by homelessness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental illness, incarceration, disability, and economic issues related to poverty and oppression.
VP acute services, community care alliance
Richard Crino, RN, CTR, is a behavioral health specialist with an extensive background in emergency mental health and crisis response services. He is the lead trainer for the RI Behavioral Health Disaster Response Team and is a critical incident consultant for various police departments in Rhode Island. Mr. Crino co-designed and facilitates RI’s first certification program for police officers in crisis response, and provides workshops on violence prevention, self-defense, stress management, and crisis intervention. Additionally, Mr. Crino is a US Army veteran trained as a clinical specialist. He has authored several books, including Finding Common Ground; Mental Illness Recognition and Crisis Response for Law Enforcement; and To Serve, Protect, and Survive: Stress Self –Defense for Law Enforcement.
PROGRAM MANAGER, bH link triage center
Kristy, LMHC, earned her B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Psychology from Plattsburgh State University of New York, her M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College, and her C.A.G.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Salve Regina University. The former Team Leader for Psychiatric Emergency Services at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital Emergency Room, she earned a Certificate of Excellence in the Department of Psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital. Kristy is a member of the Rhode Island Behavioral Disaster Response Team. She has extensive skills and experience in psychiatric symptom and risk assessment; diagnosing and crisis intervention; substance abuse prevention, treatment, and counseling; psychiatric counseling; and training and supervision. Kristy continues her affiliation with the Rhode Island Counsel of Community Mental Health Organizations.