Director Boss Testified in Washington

Rebecca BossDirector Boss testified before the US Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee hearing "Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States."

The hearing was held on July 12th and can be seen here. (Director Boss’s testimony begins 38 minutes into the hearing)

Great Fun at Wallum Lake Music Festival

RI Regional CoalitionsThe annual Wallum Lake Music Festival was held recently on the Zambarano campus of Eleanor Slater Hospital. Seven performers sang a variety of songs during the two-day festival. With the beautiful backdrop of Wallum Lake, staff, families, and hospital residents enjoyed the summer weather with Iced Coffees, Frozen Lemonade, and Ice Cream novelties.

It takes many months of coordination and hard work by the Therapeutic Recreation Dept at Zambarano to plan this event. Many thanks to Katie Hagan, who was assisted by her staff members. Everyone worked hard to make the Festival a great success and we are grateful!Wallum Lake Music Festival Wallum Lake Music Festival

Wallum Lake Music Festival

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE FROM OPIOID OVERDOSE?

There is a SUPPORT / ADVOCACY GROUP for those who have lost a loved one to an opioid addiction in a warm, comfortable, confidential environment.

See the flyer for the Support Group Meetings here

DATE: EVERY THURSDAY 7PM-8PM
BEGINNING JUNE 1ST, 2017
THE SUBSTANCE USE AND MENTAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL OF RI
200 METRO CENTER BLVD., UNIT #10;
WARWICK, RI 02886

(ENTRANCE AND PARKING IN REAR OF BUILDING)

For more information please contact: Diane Bernardo at dbernardo@sumhlc.org or at 401-521-5759
Open Forums for People With Disabilities

The Governor’s Commission on Disabilities, along with other organizations, will be co-hosting public forums throughout the state of Rhode Island. These forums are an opportunity for ALL people with disabilities and their families to speak out and voice their concerns. There will be a panel of representatives present from several state agencies and community-based organizations to listen to the participants.

These forums are being held throughout the state during the week of July 24th – 28th, as part of the 27th year anniversary celebration of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Public forums on the Concerns of People with Disabilities and their Families will be held on:

Monday, July 24th, 2017, from 4 – 6 PM
Rogers Free Library’s Meeting Room, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Hosted by The National Federation of the Blind

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017, from 4 – 6 PM
The Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI
Hosted by the Ocean State Center for Independent Living

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 from 3:30 – 5:30 PM
The Peace Dale Library, 1057 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield, RI
Hosted by National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater New England Chapter

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, from 4 – 6 PM
1 Memorial Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919
Hosted by the Seven Hills Foundation

Thursday, July 27th, 2017, from 4 – 6 PM
7 00 W. Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842
Hosted by Opportunities Unlimited For People With Differing Abilities

Friday, July 28th, 2017, from 3 – 5 PM
303 Clinton Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island

Sign language interpreters and real-time captioning will be used at the sights, and a transcript will be compiled of the testimony. Assistive listening systems will be available upon request at the hearing. Requests for other language interpreting should be made to 462-2130 at least 3 business days in advance.

Comments may be made in person during the forums. They can also be faxed to 462-0106 or e-mailed to GCD.Disabilities@gcd.ri.gov, or mailed by August 8th to Governor's Commission on Disabilities, John O' Pastore Center - 41 Cherry Dale Court, Cranston, RI 02920-3049. For more information, or to request an accommodation, call 462-0100 or 462-0101(tty).

Rebecca Boss Confirmed by Senate as BHDDH Director
Rebecca Boss Senate

Rebecca Boss was unanimously approved by the State Senate on May 18th as the Director of BHDDH. She had appeared before the State Senate Health & Human Services Committee on May 16th and the Committee had recommended that the Senate give its Advice and Consent to her nomination. Watch the proceedings of the Health & Human Services Committee hearing here

The next DD Quarterly Community Forum

The next DD Quarterly Community Forum will be held on Tuesday, August 8th at the Coventry Department of Human Services and Senior Center, 50 Wood Street, Coventry from 4:00 – 6:00 pm

HBO’s documentary "Warning: This Drug May Kill You"

Watch the web extra of HBO’s documentary "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" featuring Governor Gina Raimondo on steps she has taken to lead the fight against the opioid crisis.

Check your HBO listings for future airings of "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" or watch it on HBO GO.
View here

DDD/ORS Seeking State-Endorsed Training Programs for Employment Professionals

Click the link below to access the materials that have been created by the joint DDD/ORS training committee, which describe the process of applying for an endorsement of a Supported Employment training program (per Section XI (3) of the Consent Decree).
Protocol for reviewing supported employment training programs for endorsement by DDD/ORS
For further information please contact Dianne Curran, State Consent Decree Coordinator, at 401-462-3231 or by email Dianne.Curran@ohhs.ri.gov.

Director Boss Speech at Mental Health Event

Rebecca BossDirector Boss spoke at the recent “May is Mental Health Kick-Off” event at the State House.

You can watch her speech
here.

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