Office of the Director
Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals
Barry Hall, 14 Harrington Road, Cranston, RI 02920
Telephone: (401) 462-2339; Fax: (401) 462-3204
Director Rebecca Boss
Rebecca Boss, MA, was confirmed in May 2017 as the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) as Governor Gina M. Raimondo's appointee, after serving as Acting Director for 10 months. She has more than 20 years' experience working directly in the addictions treatment field as both a Clinical Supervisor and Program Director. In 2004, Ms. Boss joined BHDDH and became the Administrator for Substance Abuse Treatment Services and soon became the Deputy Director of the Department. As Deputy Director, she broadened her oversight of programs to include the entire behavioral healthcare system as well as involvement with Eleanor Slater Hospital, the state hospital system, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Director Boss strives to make an impact on people in need, working on the development and implementation of innovative programs: from the Emergency Department Peer Recovery Coaches to Integrated Health Homes for people living with Serious Mental Illness and the RI Opioid Treatment Health Home. Ms. Boss recently received honors for the creation of what has become the AnchorED program, which provides recovery coaches for overdose survivors in Emergency Departments - the National Treatment Network (NTN) Representative of the Year Award and the Women's Health Council of Rhode Island honored her with the Karen Rosene Montella "Spark" Award for Innovation in Women's Health in Rhode Island.
In July, she was asked to represent the State of RI to testify before the U.S. House of Representative's Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee hearing "Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States." The Director outlined RI's efforts to combat the opioid crisis, notably: reducing the supply of opioid prescriptions, reducing the illicit demand of these drugs, uniform testing for the presence of fentanyl in a patient, and ensuring Naloxone is available in communities.
Director Boss has a goal of ensuring that the Department is running a responsive, caring and efficient system of person-centered services. Wellness, recovery, and parity are the themes she insists on to combat stigma and to move closer to an inclusive society. Additionally, Ms. Boss and her staff work to create safe, affordable, integrated services for all Rhode Islanders, while collaborating with community partners to be champions of the people that need assistance in a timely, efficient and effective manner. This also means building capacity and ensuring every door is the right door for care, while simultaneously working to make sure there is parity and that healthcare is equitable.