Medicaid Annual Plan Change Opportunity
Medicaid Annual

Rhode Island Medicaid is holding an Annual Plan Change Opportunity (formerly known as Open Enrollment) from February 1 through May 31, 2018 for currently enrolled members. Members will be offered a chance to change health plans, if they like.

Please click here for more information

Pain Solutions Now Offered at CODAC’s
Center of Excellence-Eleanor Slater Hospital
NAMI Groups

As awareness of the risks associated with the use of opioid medications has increased, important steps have been taken to limit and carefully monitor their use. Nevertheless, many years of prescribing has created a population of individuals who suffer from both chronic pain and a co-occurring dependence on the medication that was prescribed to treat that pain.

The Pain Solutions Program is the first of its kind in Rhode Island. Dr Frank Sparadeo* is directing the program at CODAC’s Center of Excellence at Eleanor Slater Hospital which focuses on the dual problem of Chronic Pain and addiction. This program has been designed for individuals who are struggling with both chronic pain and a co-occurring addiction to an opioid-based medication and teaches participants to focus on the body-mind connection using different approaches to pain. Some of the approaches include acupuncture, therapeutic massage and meditation.

Call today at (401) 462-3530 to start making posititive changes.

*Dr. Frank Sparadeo has been practicing neuropsychology for over 34 years. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Dr. Sparadeo he has worked in university, hospital and research settings and, throughout his career, has been a consultant to chronic pain management programs. Dr. Sparadeo recently provided consulting for the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Washington, D.C. and served on SAMHSA’s National Task Force on Substance Abuse and Disability.

Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, RI pledged to “Change Direction.” Director Rebecca Boss participated in the kick-off, took the “pledge” to know the five signs, and urged all in attendance to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being.

If You Recognize That Someone In Your Life Is Suffering…Connect, reach out, inspire hope, and offer help. Show compassion and caring and a willingness to find a solution when the person may not have the will or drive to help him- or herself. There are many resources in our communities. It may take more than one offer, and you may need to reach out to others who share your concern about the person who is suffering. If everyone is more open and honest about mental health, we can prevent pain and suffering, and those in need will get the help they deserve.

KNOW THE 5 SIGNS! Read about the Campaign to Change Direction in RI here.

Change Direction

Nami HomefrontNAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other conditions. Topics include mental health, communication, treatment and recovery. The program is designed to help family members understand their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being.

Now offered online! Attending an in-person class can be difficult. NAMI Homefront is Online. Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. Audio will be via telephone line, a headset is recommended. The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions.

USE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO REGISTER: All participants are screened to ensure this class is appropriate for their needs.

Decrease in Overdose Deaths

Governor Gina Raimondo recently announced that drug overdose deaths have decreased 9% during the first eight months of 2017. “We’re not out of the woods yet, but this is a slight ray of hope,” the Governor said.

Read the press release here and watch the press conference here.

February 2018 Community Forum Information

The February 2018 DD Community Forum has been scheduled for Monday, February 26, 2018 from
4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Pilgrim Senior Center located at
27 Pilgrim Pkwy, Warwick, RI 02888

Free Educational Event


This event is of particular interest to professionals involved in the care or case management of older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in disability-related, health care, home care and aging-related agencies. This is the final time this event will be offered free of charge!

Caring for the Person with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities and Dementia

Presented by:
Kathy Service, RN, FNP-BC, CDDN
Crystalmarie Marzocchi, RN

Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, Conference Center
100 Amica Way Lincoln, RI 02865

Seating is limited. Each attendee must register separately.

For more information, please contact: Caressa at 401.229.9700 or by email at

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