Health Fair and Concert this Sunday
Health Fair and Unity Concert

Feeling Alright" Health Fair and Unity Concert, sponsored by Tune In & Tune Up Musicians Health Awareness Committee, will be held on Sunday, Oct 21st from 12:00 – 4:00pm at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. The health fair is open to all and many musicians and industry professionals are expected to attend. A unity concert will be held from 2:00-6:00pm at the Met Café.

Concert tickets may be purchased here. BHDDH has partnered with the Tune In & Tune Up of the RI Music Hall of Fame to help musicians identify both medical and behavioral health warnings signs and how to get help. Hope to see you on Sunday!

Save the Date
Rhode Island 23rd Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference

Rhode Island's 23rd Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference "WHY NOT?!?!" will be held on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at the Crown Plaza in Warwick. There will be important Information, Peer-to-Peer Connections, Fresh Ideas and Tons of Fun!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE 2018 SELF-ADVOCACY CONFERENCE PAGE!! The final day to register is Friday, October 19th, but SPACE IS LIMITED! Register as soon as possible so you don't miss out!

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.


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.
Drug Take-Back Day
Drug Take-Back Day

Saturday, October 27th is Drug Take-Back Day, a day to dispose of any unwanted, unused or expired medications in your home. A list of collection sites can be found here.

The country is in the midst of an addiction and overdose crisis. There is no simple solution to this problem, however one small – but very effective - way we can assist in this fight is with the disposal of any medication that is expired, unwanted, or wasn't used, from your home as quickly as possible.

We want you to reduce the risk that someone else may accidentally, or intentionally, misuse the medication. Something so simple as properly disposing of medicines can make a difference. Remember, going to a Disposal Site is free, anonymous and no questions will be asked.

A complete summary and regulatory analysis is filed with the adoption notices
212-RICR-10-00-01 7340 Rules and Regulations for the Licensing of Organizations and Facilities Licensed by the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals ADOPTION 9/18/18, 1 p.m.

212-RICR-XXX-XX-2906 7340 Rules and Regulations Licensing Procedure and Process for Facilities and Programs Licensed by the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals REPEAL N/A
212-RICR-10-05-01 8447 Rules and Regulations for Developmental Disability Organizations ADOPTION 9/18/18, 11 a.m.

212-RICR-XXX-XX-1407 8447 Rules and Regulations for the Licensing of Developmental Disability Organizations REPEAL N/A
212-RICR-10-10-01 7819 Rules and Regulations for Behavioral Healthcare Organizations ADOPTION 9/18/18, 3 p.m.

212-RICR-XXX-XX-1106 7819 Rules and Regulations for the Licensing of Behavioral Healthcare Organizations REPEAL N/A
212-RICR-10-15-01 3681 Rules and Regulations for the Certification of Substance Abuse Prevention Organizations REPEAL N/A
212-RICR-XXX-XX-1746 1746 Rules and Regulations Relating to the Definition of Developmentally Disabled Adult and the Determination of Eligibility as a Developmentally Disabled Adult REPEAL N/A
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