East Providence will be the first municipality to hire a community intervention social worker

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The City of East Providence is seeking a Community Response Social Worker to assist citizens and first responders.

Upon completion of the hiring process, the Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) will respond to social service needs such as crisis intervention, advocacy, counselling, community outreach and education, and assistance in situations such as domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, suicide, serious or fatal car accidents, other cases
involving emotional trauma or mental crises.

“We believe it is important to consider the social needs of our community and our staff, especially at a time when many are feeling the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Roberto DaSilva. “Our vision is to hire someone who is fully committed to meeting the needs of our residents and our public safety team.”

There was a previous agency running the service, but funding has been lower and inconsistent, so it is rarely used.

“The East Providence Police Department looks forward to having someone on staff who can consistently help us meet the varied needs of those we serve,” Chief Christopher Francesconi said. “This will allow us to ensure that our community receives appropriate and timely social services when exposed to a traumatic incident or when facing a mental health, domestic violence or addictions crisis.

“Our officers and staff are often faced with very stressful and often traumatic events,” added Chief Francesconi. “My goal is to have a familiar professional who can provide them with the right support, guidance and resources to keep them healthy.”