RI Prevention Conference

Registration is now open for the RI Governor's Council on Behavioral Health's Prevention Advisory Committee's 2019 Prevention Conference (RI PREVCON).

The conference will take place on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at CCRI in Warwick.

PREVCON Save the Date

Please follow this link to register for the conference.

Please follow this link to check out conference details.

Please follow this link to check out conference sessions.

Two Great Employment Stories from our DD Division
Liz and Lisa Story

Here are two great employment stories from our Division of Developmental Disabilities. Read Liz's story here and Lisa’s story here.


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

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.
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.

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

We are pleased to provide updated guide books Guidebook and Guidebook en Español to assist anyone who is transitioning from the youth behavioral healthcare system into the adult system. We consider the transition to adulthood to be a gradual process that happens between the ages of 14-25, rather than a legal change that occurs on an 18th birthday. Luckily, there is a lot of help available during that transition. This Guide provides a roadmap, with information about resources that will be helpful.

We hope you enjoy “Take Charge of Your Behavioral Health: A Guide for Young Adults in Rhode Island!”


Rules and Regulations for the Parent Deinstitutionalization Subsidy Aid Program, ERLID 1163, proposed amendment to remove obsolete language, properly alphabetize the sections and format correctly.

Please see the Public Notice here.

Did You See....
Kerri Zanchi

...the Five Questions With: Kerri Zanchi posted on Providence Business News site this week? The Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities was featured discussing National Disability Employment Month as well as what the Division is doing to bring awareness to the issue of employment for individuals living with a disability. You can read the piece here.

2018 BHDDH Today

Want to know what initiatives the Department has been working on/implemented?

Read the 2018 BHDDH Today to find out.

Disaster Mental Health Information

With the tragic mass shooting events that have occurred this past year, here is a link to disaster mental health information and resources developed by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and their partners at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University to support response and recovery efforts following such tragedies. Please share with anyone who may benefit.

Mental Health Information Link