New Business Classes Starting
Dr Amy Grattan

Do you know a person with a disability who wants to be his/her own boss or who has an interesting hobby or great idea for a business (self-employment)? The RI Developmental Disabilities Council (RIDDC), in partnership with various business development resources in RI, have organized a FREE Business Development Series of 6 Classes for people with disabilities and other individuals. The first Class is Thursday, January 16, 2020 and others scheduled every week or every two weeks.

Click here for more information.

Congratulations Dr Amy Grattan!
Dr Amy Grattan

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Grattan, the new executive director of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College.

Dr. Grattan will provide oversight of the Sherlock Center, ensure that Rhode Island’s citizens with disabilities have a strong and vibrant advocate, and strengthen the many positive collaborative relationships with school systems and community partners. Dr. Grattan succeeds Dr. Tony Antosh as director of the Sherlock Center.

Read more about Dr Grattan here.

2019 Rate Review Process

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is conducting a Rate Review to take a closer look at how much we pay for Medicaid-approved services and the method we use to pay for them. This review will look at the funding structure used to pay private providers of services for adults with developmental disabilities. Click here to learn about our Rate Review.

The Division has engaged a contractor to oversee this important process, which will support the system transformation work that we are committed too.

We value and appreciate your input, suggestions and recommendations related to the rate structure under which providers are paid. Please share your thoughts at

To see list of current rates, click here.


A Heartwarming Story

A wonderful story in this week’s Pawtucket Times. Read how developmental disability provider Access Point RI, Twin River and a State Senator supported an opportunity for Mickey Palmieri to work at a job he loves here.

Let’s Get to Work!
Let's get to work

Last winter, The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH), the Department Office of Rehabilitative Services (ORS) in the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Labor and Training (DLT) Governor’s Workforce Board, launched a Cross-Disability Employment LETS GET TO WORK! kick-off event With close to 100 attendees, it was clear that there was a strong desire to work toward achieving the goal of providing pathways and opportunities to employment for all who want to work.

A state interagency planning team, along with the Sherlock Center of RI College, was formed and tasked with embarking on a stakeholder information gathering process with a deliverable report this fall to summarize the findings and make recommendations.

Please click here for the report.

If you would like to see the referenced Appendices, they can be found here Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix C, and Appendix D.

Self-Directed Supports User Groups
Sherlock center

Keep up-to-date with events for the Self-Directed Supports Network hosted by the Sherlock Center here.