Kick-Off at State House for May is Mental Health Month

Drug Take-Back DayThursday, April 27, 11:30 am
RI State House, Governor's State Room and Rotunda

All are welcome to this free event, organized by the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island. Visit resource tables at 11:30 and listen to the speaking program at noon. This year's theme is "Mending our Mental Healthcare System...Together. Your Voice Matters!" Acting Director Boss will be a featured speaker.

Hope you can join us!

  • Mistress of Ceremony Barbara Morse Silva of WJAR 10
  • Honorary Chairperson Governor Gina Raimondo
  • Legislators of the Year Awards presentation
  • Music, with refreshments following
April 29th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Drug Take-Back DayThe National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing prescription drugs. This is a public safety and public health issue.

Medicines in home cabinets can be misused and abused. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. If you have medicines to dispose of, please bring them to one of the events being held in Rhode Island on April 29th. Please click here for a full listing of Community Events

RI Student Assistance Services Conference

Rebecca BossActing Director Rebecca Boss speaking at the RI Student Assistance Services (RISAS) conference on Friday, March 31st said, "We are pleased to see so many community providers come together to discuss how to provide the best supports and treatments for our youth...Education and prevention are extremely important, especially with the recent news about overdoses. Preventing youth from having to deal with a disease as pervasive as substance use disorder will allow them the opportunities they deserve." Check out the RISAS website at

BHDDH Prevention Fellow Featured in Newsletter
Daniel Fitzgerald

Daniel Fitzgerald, RI Prevention Fellow at BHDDH, had a feature article in the Prevention Fellowship Program E-Newsletter.

Dan wrote about his experience at the 2017 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Forum in Maryland last fall. With more than 3,000 prevention professionals attending, Dan saw the power prevention has had in many people’s lives.

You can read Dan’s front page feature article here

Quarterly DD Community Forum

May 2, 2017 – Quarterly Developmental Disability Community Forum from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Community College of Rhode Island's Newport campus (One John Chafee Blvd., Newport, RI 02840)

Screening of HBO Documentary

Brown PanelPresident Christina Paxson, the Brown University's School of Public Health, and the State of Rhode Island presented a screening of "WARNING: This Drug May Kill You," a powerful HBO documentary about the opioid crisis followed by a panel discussion. The show will air Monday, May 1st at 10:00 p.m. on HBO.

Panelists included (from left): Filmmaker/producer Perri A. Peltz, MPH '82, P'19, Documentarian; Rebecca Boss, MA, Acting Director of the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals; Nicole Alexander-Scott, MPH, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health; and, Josiah Rich, MD, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights.

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


Updating DD Eligibility Materials
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is working to make it easier for individuals and families to apply for adult services. We updated our eligibility and application materials to simplify and more clearly explain our eligibility criteria, application requirements, and next steps after applying. We posted updated materials in December 2016. If you have any recommendations on how to improve the updated application materials, please submit your ideas to

Eligibility Determination by 17
DDD is launching an "Eligibility Determination by 17" Policy that establishes a referral process at age 16 with eligibility determination by age 17 for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our goal is that individuals with disabilities enrolled in Rhode Island schools will be identified as eligible for adult services before their exit from school or transition programs. By determining eligibility at 17 it provides the schools, Office Rehabilitative Services (ORS) and DDD information on who will be eligible to receive certain services. Learn more.

Statewide Transition Coordinator
In January 2017 DDD hired a dedicated staff member to help coordinate the transition process for students exiting secondary schools. This Statewide Transition Coordinator works closely with RIDE and all Local Education Authorities (LEAs) to facilitate the new "Eligibility by 17" policy. The Coordinator also works to find ways to better identify and serve all youth transitioning to adult services.

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