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UniCare Continues to Grow Behavioral Healthcare Network

In its ongoing effort to enhance behavioral healthcare treatment options for members, UniCare recently welcomed 12 behavioral health practices to its provider network.

UniCare administers health benefits for more than 200,000 Massachusetts state and municipal employees, retirees, and their families. Many of those receiving benefits live or work in Lowell and the surrounding communities.

“We know that timely access to mental and behavioral healthcare is a critical part of whole health and it’s important to us that we offer a variety of care options to support our members’ health needs,” said David Morales, general manager of UniCare. “That’s why we are pleased to partner with these 12 new providers from the Merrimack Valley to the Cape as we continue to enhance our network and make care more accessible for the state and municipal workers we serve.”

Along with offering unparalleled coverage for its members and their families, UniCare is also deeply invested in the communities those members live in. For example, here in the Mill City, they’ve partnered with Lowell Public Schools and InsideLowell to recognize teachers for the outstanding work they do in the classroom on behalf of Lowell’s schoolchildren. The Classroom Quarterback feature not only highlights those efforts, but also rewards those educators with a $250 gift card for classroom purchases.

The following behavioral health practices in Massachusetts are now part of UniCare’s provider network:

Topsail Addiction Treatment, North Andover:

Topsail Addiction Treatment, an outpatient addiction treatment facility, offers three levels of addiction treatment and rehabilitation: partial hospitalization program/full-day treatment five days a week; intensive outpatient treatment that meets three times a week to help individuals with substance use disorder and addiction problems integrate back into their life; and outpatient treatment meeting once a week, customized to accommodate work, school, or other responsibilities while living at home. For more information, visit

Mayflower Detox and Rehab, Wilmington:

Mayflower Detox and Rehab provides individualized inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation as well as outpatient services. For more information, visit

Eliot Community Human Services, Lexington:

Eliot Community Human Services provides behavioral health counseling and psychiatric services, developmental disability and brain injury programming, caregiving and pregnancy support, residential programs, care coordination, and suicide prevention support. For more information, visit

Advocates, Framingham:

Advocates offers a comprehensive range of programs and supports for individuals and families facing disabilities and other life challenges, including mental healthcare, addiction recovery, care management, counseling and psychiatry, deaf services and respite, mobile crisis intervention, NeuroStar therapy, peer support, and residential services. For more information, visit

Aspire Health Alliance, Quincy:

Aspire Health Alliance (formerly South Shore Mental Health) provides early intervention and mental health treatment and recovery programs from Boston throughout the South Shore and southeastern Massachusetts. Services include behavioral health outpatient clinics in Braintree, Marshfield, Plymouth, and Quincy; day treatment; intensive wrap-around services; residential services; and child and family services in the home, school, childcare center, group residence, and other community settings. For more information, visit

Bay Cove Human Services, Boston:

Bay Cove Human Services operates dozens of community residential programs throughout Greater Boston and southeastern Massachusetts for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Bay Cove also operates an acute addiction treatment facility providing medically monitored detoxification for adults and provides mobile crisis support and urgent care centers, a respite program, and mental health services for children and adults. For more information, visit

Community Counseling of Bristol County, Taunton:

Community Counseling of Bristol County offers mental health and substance abuse services to meet the prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery needs of people in the community. Services include outpatient mental health and substance use disorder treatment, mobile crisis intervention, HIV services, and in-home therapeutic treatment. For more information, visit

High Point Treatment Center, New Bedford:

High Point Treatment Center offers a full continuum of care including inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based services to prevent and treat substance use disorders and mental illness through evidence-informed practices. For more information, visit

North Suffolk Community Services, Chelsea:

North Suffolk Community Services outpatient counseling centers provide psychiatric and medication services, counseling, and therapy to adults. North Suffolk also offers addiction treatment and recovery support, day treatment programs, and support for developmental disabilities. Its Early Childhood Services program supports children and families living in East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop, and Charlestown through outpatient services, in-home therapy, early childhood support, and adolescent services. For more information, visit

Riverside Community Care, Dedham:

Riverside Community Care offers a wide range of mental healthcare, developmental and brain injury services, early childhood and youth programs, addiction treatment, trauma response, and care coordination services. It also provides mobile crisis intervention and outpatient therapy at six locations throughout Massachusetts. For more information, visit

Vinfen, Cambridge:

Vinfen provides community-based services to individuals with mental health conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health challenges. Vinfen offers care coordination services, 24/7 mental health and substance use evaluation and assessment to those in crisis or in need of support, day habilitation and services, family and caregiver services, intellectual and developmental services, outpatient therapy and medication management, and peer support services. For more information, visit

Peter Waful, MSW, LICSW, DCSW, Brewster:

Peter J. Waful, MSW, LICSW, DCSW, a practitioner with Bennett & Waful Psychotherapy, is a clinical social worker offering psychotherapy services.


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