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Children’s needs in Rhode Island


have a diagnosable mental health issue.



have a significant functional impairment due to mental health.


of those who needed mental health treatment had trouble obtaining care.


receive Special Education services.

A significant portion of Rhode Island’s 209,780+ children need access to mental health care for psychiatric disorders or because they have experienced traumatic events such as sexual abuse or violence. Many also need Special Education services for social-emotional issues. St. Mary’s is here to help these children and their families.

While 76% of our clients are children, we also help adults in some of our Outpatient progams. Statistics are from the 2022 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook.
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Read about our three main program areas and how you can obtain services. Also, meet our Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and 4-Legged Clinicians.


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“I have never worked with an agency that cared as much as your staff. Thank you all very much for your help during these difficult times.” ~ Client

Client Testimonials

“As a mom, I have to say that the EOS Program is amazing. All my needs were met; the staff is amazing. My child’s clinician was excellent. I couldn’t ask for any better support. Melissa and Julie are the best! I thank God for this program, they have helped my child and myself come a long way.” ~ Parent

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“Brandi and Melissa (FISA Group Co-Leaders) were amazing and very knowledgeable! I was very nervous but they made this informative and supportive! Excellent!” ~ FISA Group Member

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"The teamwork and support was well coordinated for my child." ~ Parent of School Student

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“The Shepherd Program is the perfect combination of empathy, strength, support and professionalism.” ~ Clinician

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“We had good communication and support from clinicians and teachers.” ~ Parent of School Student

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“I have learned so many things about myself with the help of my Clinician. Because of my Clinician and The Shepherd Program, I can actually live to see my 17th birthday! Years ago, I didn’t think that was possible. I am happy to have learned to accept who I am and to love myself. Also, I have built a better relationship with my mom. The Shepherd program also helped my mom with her depression which I am thankful for. Thank you!” ~ Client

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“The Team of talented and caring professionals is why I choose to work at St. Mary’s. They have become family and friends and make it possible to do this challenging work.” ~ Clinician

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“Angelica is great. She is helpful, informative and understanding. All the providers were accommodating to my special needs and addressed crisis situations immediately. Very dependable.” ~ Parent

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“St. Mary’s helped to stabilize our home.” ~ Parent of School Student

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“My son started at Shepherd after witnessing domestic violence and he was also abused. Through his Home Based Clinician, he learned how to respect his mom, help around the house and is working on his relationship with his sister. He is better able to recognize his feelings and can actually control them. He comes to me when he needs help. They created a tool box to help him cope. He has changed greatly over the past two years and without this program I wouldn’t know what to do. His only male influence has been his abuser. He loves his therapist; he treats her like family which I guess she is.” ~ Parent

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“I love the fact that the environment here, even when we are dealing with some pretty intense, difficult situations, is always positive, empathetic and encouraging! And everyone here has a sense of humor, which is a great bonus!!!” ~ Care Coordinator

Client Testimonial

“The Shepherd Program has helped our family by showing us ways to communicate with each other and helped us to understand what each other is going though. It showed us ways to bond with one another. It taught my son and daughter about Good, Bad and Secret touch and about good and bad decisions, ways to deal with everyday issues and non-everyday issues. It’s helped us become a better family all together. We are a closer family…” ~ Parent

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