Empowering Individuals, Promoting Healthy Communities


Because the management stratagem in place for the Newport County Community Mental Health Center has a minimum amount of tiers, it has proven to be highly effective and efficient.

The President & Chief Executive Officer reports directly to the NCCMHC Board of Directors. In turn, the President & CEO directs, oversees, and supervises the Executive Management Team that is comprised of the Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer, the Vice President of Nursing, Quality Improvement & Human Resources, and the Vice President of Administration & Chief Financial Officer.

The EMT meets regularly, at least once a week, and more frequently, as the situation demands. Issues that affect the everyday operation of NCCMHC are reviewed and decisions are derived on the basis of need. Frequently, an issue may require further information before action is taken, but most often direction is extended to each item on the agenda so that resolution is reached.

The Quality Management Council (QMC), whose members include Program Administrators and the three vice presidents, meets on a regular basis, to both receive information from EMT and to make suggestions for EMT consideration. In the time frames when the QMC is not meeting, issues of importance are brought through the supervisory system and eventually to EMT.

NCCMHC otherwise conducts a number of other meetings that serve the purpose of providing opportunity for clinical and administrative issues to be discussed and for any concerns or problems to be resolved. In addition, NCCMHC has an extensive supervisory network that essentially operates with the philosophy that no staff should ever have to feel that he or she has to resolve a problem on his or her own. A supervisor is ALWAYS available, day or night, 365 days per year.

James (Jamie) M. Lehane III, MPH
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Lehane has a Masters Degree in Public Health in Hospital and Mental Health Administration from Yale University. He graduated from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts with a B.A. in Psychology. 

Prior to joining NCCMHC as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lehane’s most recent position was as Regional System Director of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Region 4, which includes the Hartford and Manchester areas.  He also has considerable experience leading community-based mental health services as the Chief Executive Officer of the State of Connecticut’s Southwest Mental Health System, the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center and the F.S. Dubois Center.  Mr. Lehane was also the former Director of Adult Mental Health Services for the District of Columbia.

Upon accepting the position as President and CEO with NCCMHC, Mr. Lehane said, “I am excited to return to providing leadership to an excellent community mental health center such as NCCMHC.  I am committed to continuing and enhancing the quality, accessible, affordable, recovery, and strength focused services that the Center provides.  I am also committed to strengthening our partnerships with the many other healthcare providers in the Newport area and providing an integrated system of care for those most in need.”

Francis L. "Butch" Paranzino, MSW, LICSW
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Newport County Community Mental Health Center

President & Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Pharmacy, LLC

President, Board of Directors
Freedom Housing Corporation

Mr. Paranzino received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island and his Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College. Initially beginning his work with NCCMHC in 1978 as an Emergency Services clinician, he has moved through the ranks from Administrator of the Community Support Program to Vice President of Service Programs and Planning. In 2001, he became Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

In January, 2015, Mr. Paranzino was appointed as President & CEO of Horizon Pharmacy which is a closed shop pharmacy that specializes in providing packaged medications using the "Medication on Time" model for long-term care clients.  Horizon Pharmacy is co-owned by The Community Care Alliance, The Kent Center for Human & Organizational Development, Riverwood Mental Health Services and Newport County Community Mental Health Center who is the managing partner. Mr. Paranzino has overseen the development and start-up phase and more recently the operations of the pharmacy.  He is actively involved with the growth and management of this exciting new business.

Another professional interest for Mr. Paranzino has been housing and services for the homeless.  He has overseen the start-up operations for the McKinney Homeless Shelter in Newport, RI and became a member of the Board of Directors for Washington Square Services Corporation in 1990, that continues to provide governance for the shelter.

In June 2013, Mr. Paranzino was appointed as President of the Board of Directors for the Freedom Housing Corporation (FHC) that oversees the facility, services and operations at the Freedom Apartments in Middletown, RI.  FHC provides affordable supportive housing to individuals with behavioral health disabilities.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Mr. Paranzino has developed and maintained a special interest in Disaster Response, having  served as a Red Cross volunteer immediately following the 1999 Egypt Air crash.  He also provided volunteer service at Ground Zero in New York City following the September 11, 2001, tragedy.  In 2005, he was involved with coordinating services to victims from Hurricane Katrina that were relocated to Middletown and has participated in planning and development activities associated with Pandemic Flu and Hurricane Preparedness. He is the Team Leader for NCCMHC's Regional Disaster Response Team.

Mr. Paranzino has had a long-standing affiliation with the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, having been a member of the Board of Directors for 14 years, serving four terms as President of their Board of Directors.