Drug Take-Back Day A Success!

RI Drug Take-Back Day was a great success. Thanks to all who helped to spread the word about the importance of safe and responsible drug disposal and to those who participated!

RI Regional Coalitions

ESH Employee Honored by Hospital Association

The Hospital Association of RI (HARI) celebrated National Hospital Week, May 7 – 13th. With more than 20,000 dedicated healthcare professionals working in hospitals across the state, HARI profiled a hospital professional who makes a difference in the lives of Rhode Islanders. For Eleanor Slater Hospital (ESH), that employee is Kerri Kyriakakis, Supervisor of Therapeutic Activities. This is what HARI posted in their newsletter:

Kerri Kyriakakis

Never Missing a Beat!

Kerri Kyriakakis continuously goes above and beyond to provide new and improved activities for the patients at Eleanor Slater Hospital. Through her efforts, Kerri has delivered countless activities that have contributed to increasing the quality of each patient’s life. Development of the hospital’s “Adopt a Patient” program has grown to become a community-wide initiative that provides gifts to the 140 severely compromised psychiatric and medical patients at ESH’s Cranston campus. Always a bright ray of sunshine, Kerri is a highly-skilled supervisor who has earned the respect of patients and staff alike. Each May we recognize Mental Health Month and commemorate the daily efforts made by advocates and professionals of the mental health community.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE FROM OPIOID OVERDOSE?

There is a SUPPORT / ADVOCACY GROUP for those who have lost a loved one to an opioid addiction in a warm, comfortable, confidential environment.

See the flyer for the Support Group Meetings here

DATE: EVERY THURSDAY 7PM-8PM
BEGINNING JUNE 1ST, 2017
THE SUBSTANCE USE AND MENTAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL OF RI
200 METRO CENTER BLVD., UNIT #10;
WARWICK, RI 02886

(ENTRANCE AND PARKING IN REAR OF BUILDING)

For more information please contact: Diane Bernardo at dbernardo@sumhlc.org or at 401-521-5759
Acting Director Boss Speech at Mental Health Event

Rebecca BossActing Director Boss spoke at the recent “May is Mental Health Kick-Off” event at the State House.

You can watch her speech
here.

Rebecca Boss Confirmed by Senate as BHDDH Director
Rebecca Boss Senate

Rebecca Boss was unanimously approved by the State Senate on May 18th as the Director of BHDDH. She had appeared before the State Senate Health & Human Services Committee on May 16th and the Committee had recommended that the Senate give its Advice and Consent to her nomination. Watch the proceedings of the Health & Human Services Committee hearing here

Person Centered Thinking and Planning

Our DD Division is moving forward with Person Centered Planning and what that means. Find out how the process will help you reach the goals that matter most to you and help you live the life you want. Come to one of these sessions to learn more—

Wednesday, May 31st 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Advocates in Action RI, 662 Hartford Ave, Providence RI 02909

Person Centered Supported Employment Program

The Person Centered Supported Employment Program Strategy Meeting will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at the Arnold Conference Center. We are extending this invitation to CEOs, CFOs & Employment Directors as an opportunity to review the supported employment dashboard as well as to discuss the outcomes of the first five months of this program. This will be our six month review and will shape the program for the upcoming fiscal year and for Phase II of this pilot program. Please join us for this discussion session at the Arnold Conference Center June 2, 2017 from 9:00 – 11:00 am.

Following this meeting, from 11am-1pm, BHDDH & ORS will present guidance on the threading of funding. Please share this invitation with anyone you may think should join.

*This meeting is accessible to individuals living with a disability. Any individual requiring reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this meeting should contact Thomas Mannock, Ph.D. at 401-222-6377 (voice) or #711 (R.I. Relay) at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting.

HBO’s documentary "Warning: This Drug May Kill You"

Watch the web extra of HBO’s documentary "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" featuring Governor Gina Raimondo on steps she has taken to lead the fight against the opioid crisis.

Check your HBO listings for future airings of "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" or watch it on HBO GO.
View here

DDD/ORS Seeking State-Endorsed Training Programs for Employment Professionals

Click the link below to access the materials that have been created by the joint DDD/ORS training committee, which describe the process of applying for an endorsement of a Supported Employment training program (per Section XI (3) of the Consent Decree).
Protocol for reviewing supported employment training programs for endorsement by DDD/ORS
For further information please contact Dianne Curran, State Consent Decree Coordinator, at 401-462-3231 or by email Dianne.Curran@ohhs.ri.gov.

Drug Take-Back Day

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Check out the many Rhode Island activities the
Mental Health Association of Rhode Island has compiled.

Prevent Overdose RI