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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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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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Providence Journal LogoProvidence Journal story on January 20, 2015 announcing the nomination of
Maria Montanaro as the new Director of BHDDH

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NBC10 LogoBHDDH and AnchorED are both interviewed in NBC10's story on marijuana use in Rhode Island. January 5, 2015

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Southern Rhode Island Newpapers LogoSouthern Rhode Island Newspapers coverage (12/29/14) of the BHDDH/Providence Center Recovery Coaches program at 5 area hospitals. South County Hospital may add the successful pilot program in 2015
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