DSP Recognition Week
DSP Story

It is Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week and a time to show our thanks and appreciation for the DSPs who support individuals with disabilities.

DSPs make a difference to thousands of individuals everyday…read the heartwarming story of a dedicated DSP who supports a man in his cookie and candy business 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 to.

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

To see list of current rates, click HERE.


Mental Wellness Coping Statement Cards
Mental Health Coping Cards

If you struggle with overwhelming thoughts, coping statements may help you. Healthy Transition Mental Wellness Coping Statement Cards are suitable for young adults and adults. Make your own set with our printable PDF and begin the transition to a healthy way of life.

Make your own cards here.

The New BHDDH Regs, Title 212, are in effect--

Title 212 - Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals


Chapter 10 - Licensing and General Administration

The Department’s three primary regulations are in Chapter 10: Licensing, DD and BH.

Chapter 20 - Parent De-Institutionalization Subsidy Aid Program

Chapter 30 - Self-Sufficiency Fund

The entire Title 212, BHDDH, is here: https://rules.sos.ri.gov/organizations/title/212

You can find all the State regulations here: https://rules.sos.ri.gov/organizations

NAMI Family Support Groups
NAMI Groups

NAMI Family Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Most groups meet monthly for about 90 minutes. NAMI Support Groups leverage the collective knowledge and experience of all the participants.

You don’t need to register to attend.

For more information about Family to Family groups in your area, please visit our Programs and Services page, call them at 401-331-3060 or email at Info@NamiRhodeIsland.org.

September is Recovery Month
Samhsa Recovery Month

Thirty years ago, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) declared September as Recovery Month. BHDDH celebrates Recovery Month year in coordination with the RI Rally4Recovery. This year, WaterFire Providence offered to host a WaterFire in celebration of the 30th anniversary.

To celebrate the anniversary, and for this year only, Rally4Recovery is partnering with WaterFire Providence and combining the two events on Saturday, September 14th. The Rally will take place in the Turks Head Plaza from 4 – 7 pm and a full WaterFire lighting will take place at 6:57 pm. The two groups are working together to make this a very special celebration. This event is expected to host close to 100,000 guests and we are thrilled that the message of RECOVERY will reach more people than ever before.

For a full listing of events, please click here.

Helping Job Seekers with the
Nuts and Bolts, and the Vision
2019 Project Search Graduations

Project Search, a collaboration between developmental disabilities organizations and three state agencies — the Department of Human Services, the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals, and the Department of Labor and Training - provides an all-encompassing approach to helping people with developmental disabilities transition to work. Read about it here.

She found her dream job, and it’s in retail
Stacey DeCosta

Stacey DeCosta has the job of her dreams.

Read about it here.


Director Boss’s Op-Ed in The Providence Journal
Rebecca Boss

The Providence Journal ran an op-ed by BHDDH Director Rebecca Boss to kick-off Mental Health Month.

Read it here.

2019 BHDDH Today

Want to know what the Department been working on?

Read the 2019 BHDDH Today to find out.

Updated Guide Books for 14 – 25 Year Old’s
Behavoral Health Guide

This Guidebook provides a roadmap to help 14 – 25 year old's in navigating the sometimes complex system of behavioral healthcare services. There are many resources listed to guide you, should you need them. "Take Charge of Your Behavioral Health: A Guide for Transition Aged Youth (TAY) in Rhode Island", recently revised August 2019, was created for youth and young adults with a great deal of community input. Each page was designed to stand alone so, for example, if you need information on Substance Use Disorders, you would simply print out page 15 and 16. The 24-page combined English/Spanish Guidebook are available in hard copy free of charge. For more information, contact Denise Achin at 401-462-0421 Denise.Achin@bhddh.ri.gov