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!”

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

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
Are You a Job-Seeker with a Neurological Condition?
Find a job

Job Seekers with neurological conditions are needed for an award-winning documentary series, Employable Me.” The series seeks to prove that having a neurological condition can be viewed as an asset rather than an obstacle in the workplace. Learn more here


An amendment to R.I. Gen. Laws § 3-7-6.1 in the 2017 legislative session transferred the certification of Alcohol Server Training Programs from BHDDH to the Department of Business Regulation. As a result, BHDDH is repealing its "Rules and Regulations for the Certifications of Alcohol Server Training Programs." The Department of Business Regulation has simultaneously noticed amendments to its Liquor Control Administration Regulation (formerly Commercial Licensing Regulation 8) 230-RICR-30-10-1, which contain its version of the Certification of Alcohol Server Training Programs rules and regulations.

Please see the Public Notice here.

Disaster Mental Health Information

With the tragic events in Florida, 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