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

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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.

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

bhddh.acaquestions@bhddh.ri.gov