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Welcome to the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH)

The name of this Department has been officially changed to the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. The name change continues our fight against the stigmatization of people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders and addictions. With the name change Rhode Island becomes one of a number of states that are removing the "R word" from their departments serving individuals with developmental disabilities.

The name change reflects our commitment to assuring access to quality services and supports for Rhode Islanders with developmental disabilities, mental health and substance abuse issues, and chronic long term medical and psychiatric conditions; and our mission to address and erase the stigma attached to these disabilities as well as planning for the development of new services and prevention activities.

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Safe Opioid Prescribing Conference June 6th

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May is Mental Health Month

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On Friday, Oct. 23, RI Student Assistance Services will host a Conference: Investing in the Future: Upstream Approaches to the Behavioral Health of RI Youth

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Fentanyl Blamed for almost 51 deaths in
Rhode Island. DEA Issues Nationwide Alert


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Providence Journal LogoThe Providence Journal interviews
Director Montanaro about improving the mental health system

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Providence Journal Logo Full Senate unanimously approves
Maria Montanaro's appointment as BHDDH Director

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Providence Journal LogoOn February 26, 2015, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved the nomination of Maria Montanaro to be the Director of BHDDH. The nomination goes to the Senate for final approval
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Capitol TV LogoOn February 26, 2015 the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved the nomination of Maria Montanaro to be the Director of BHDDH. The nomination goes to the Senate for final approval
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Providence Journal LogoBHDDH Director-Designate Maria Montanaro speaks at Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's forum on the epidemic of addiction and overdose in Rhode Island, February 19, 2015
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