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Welcome to the BHDDH website! BHDDH administers a system of care that provides services for more than 50,000 Rhode Islanders with mental health and substance abuse issues, developmental disabilities, and chronic long-term medical and psychiatric conditions. As we continue to provide services for our most vulnerable populations, we also continue to navigate the changing landscape of healthcare reform. We are striving to establish and direct a system of care that provides access to high quality, coordinated services. It is essential that our services are robust, highly responsive and person-centered, incorporating the principles of self-determination, supports, choice and planning, and recovery.

Great Video about Addiction

With more than 2 million views, this video taken of Governor Christie speaking about addiction is powerful.
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RI Making Inroads on Department of Justice Consent Decree

Please click here to read the Federal Court Monitor’s first report assessing the State’s progress on the Department of Justice Consent Decree. Notably, the Monitor states, " The Office of the Governor strongly supports the accomplishment of the goals and outcomes of the Consent Decree. The State’s new administration has reinvigorated efforts among state agencies to accomplish the changes necessary to meet the terms of the Consent Decree. Key administration officials, department heads and staff across state government agencies are working to bring about needed changes."

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Free Webinar on Coping with Stress and Depression

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If you are a BHDDH-licensed provider with questions about the Affordable Care Act, please send them to:


Mental Health Summit Presentations on June 8th

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