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.


Work Incentives Public Information Sessions

Do you receive SSI or SSDI? Would you like to work but are concerned that working could affect your benefits? If so, consider attending a Work Incentives Public Information session. These sessions are sponsored by the DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities and CPNRI. There is no cost to participate.

Session Flyer, Schedule and Mail-In Registration Form can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are for individuals already receiving SSI or SSDI benefits or those supporting them, they are not "how to apply for benefits" sessions.

Survey by Advocates in Action RI

Advocates in Action (AA) is conducting a survey as part of their ongoing work with the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). AinA will share feedback with DDD, who will use this information to help guide decisions about changes and improvements to the RI DD Service System.

Advocates in Action RI will not share individual answers or any personally identifiable information without permission.

When the survey is complete, AinA will use the overall data to share reports and recommendations about the DD Service System with various audiences. No names or any personally identifiable information will be listed in the recommendations or the findings.

For more information, please go to the AinA website.

New Guide Book for 14 – 25 Year Old’s
Medicaid Annual

We are pleased to provide this new Guidebook 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!”

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.
Save the Date!
Save the Date

The RI Prevention Conference will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at CCRI Warwick. The conference is sponsored by the Prevention Advisory Committee of the RI Governor’s Council on Behavioral Health. More information coming soon

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

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