Congratulations Dr Amy Grattan!
Dr Amy Grattan

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Grattan, the new executive director of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College.

Dr. Grattan will provide oversight of the Sherlock Center, ensure that Rhode Island’s citizens with disabilities have a strong and vibrant advocate, and strengthen the many positive collaborative relationships with school systems and community partners. Dr. Grattan succeeds Dr. Tony Antosh as director of the Sherlock Center.

Read more about Dr Grattan 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

To see list of current rates, click HERE.


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

A Heartwarming Story

A wonderful story in this week’s Pawtucket Times. Read how developmental disability provider Access Point RI, Twin River and a State Senator supported an opportunity for Mickey Palmieri to work at a job he loves here.

Let’s Get to Work!
Let's get to work

Last winter, The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH), the Department Office of Rehabilitative Services (ORS) in the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Labor and Training (DLT) Governor’s Workforce Board, launched a Cross-Disability Employment LETS GET TO WORK! kick-off event With close to 100 attendees, it was clear that there was a strong desire to work toward achieving the goal of providing pathways and opportunities to employment for all who want to work.

A state interagency planning team, along with the Sherlock Center of RI College, was formed and tasked with embarking on a stakeholder information gathering process with a deliverable report this fall to summarize the findings and make recommendations.

Please click here for the report.

If you would like to see the referenced Appendices, they can be found here Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix C, and Appendix D.

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 November 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