NEWPORT, R.I. \u2014 Owners Richard Sardella (former Newport mayor) and Patrick Fitzgerald of Sardella\u2019s Restaurant in Newport, RI were presented with Newport Mental Health\u2019s Outstanding Community Service Award at the 2020 Newport Mental Health Annual Meeting recently.\n\n\n\n\u201cThey have been donating meals to our 65 Valley Road location since 1992. That\u2019s roughly over 12,000 meals for many who might otherwise go without eating,\u201d said CEO and President Jamie Lehane of Newport Mental Health. \u201cCommon sense tells us and research does, too, that when basic needs, such as food and housing are met, emotional resiliency increases. Sardella\u2019s is helping Newport County do that.\u201d\n\nOther award recipients included Ellen Fitzgerald-McCallum, who received the agency\u2019s highest honor, the J. Clement Cicilline Award for \u201cher tireless and outstanding work\u201d in making inroads with local police departments to establish Newport Mental Health\u2019s Emergency Crisis Team. The team assists police on the scene for those in substance use and\/ or mental health crises. Lehane continued, noting Fitzgerald-McCallum\u2019s most recent outreach with the Jamestown Police, helping to thwart a potential person from jumping off the Newport Bridge.\n\n\n\n\u201cNot only has Ellen provided scores of individuals with immediate behavioral health screening, links and follow-up to services, she\u2019s saved lives,\u201d said Lehane.\n\nAmong the 80 attendees at Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, were the state\u2019s Behavioral Health Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) Director Kathryn Power, Senator District 13 Dawn Euer, former NMH President and CEO Bud Cicilline, among other distinguished guests, agency leaders and board members.\n\nThe mission of Newport Mental Health is to improve the lives of children, adults and families living and working in Newport County by providing the highest quality, recovery-oriented, evidence-based and integrated mental health and substance use care. NMH serves clients in Jamestown, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, and Little Compton.