Dwyer named executive director at NRICS

Dwyer named executive director at NRICS

WOON-SOCKET - The Board of Directors of NRI Community Services Inc., the regional community mental health multi-service agency headquartered in Woonsocket, has announced that former Assistant Executive Director Mary Dwyer will assume the role of executive director.

Dwyer will be the fourth executive director to hold this position in the 47-year history of NRICS, and the first woman executive director of a Rhode Island community mental health center since their creation in the early 1960s in federal and state statutes. NRICS provides numerous outpatient and residential services for people recovering from mental health and substance abuse problems.

Dwyer has over 30 years of experience in inpatient, residential, outpatient and home and community-based programs, predominantly at NRICS. She holds master's degrees in both health education and nursing and is an advanced practice clinical specialist in psychiatric and mental health nursing. She is past president of both the R.I. State Nurses Association and the R.I. Institute for Nursing.

Dwyer has received awards from the YWCA of Rhode Island, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Rhode Island Chapter, and the R.I. State Nurses Association for her work related to mental illness. She chairs the R.I. Council of Community Mental Health Organizations' committee on Community Support Services and collaborates with the R.I. Division of Behavioral Healthcare on a health home demonstration project for northern Rhode Island residents recovering from serious mental illnesses.

Christian L. Stephens, CEO for the last 32 years, continues as president of NRICS and its affiliates, focusing on new interagency agreements and business development.