Substance Abuse & Mental Health

The RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) provides services to more than 50,000 Rhode Islanders and their loved ones, who are living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders, have developmental disabilities, or need Long-Term Acute Care in the state hospital system, known as the Eleanor Slater Hospital. In addition, BHDDH administers funds which support a statewide network of prevention and mental health promotion initiatives.

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The Behavioral Healthcare Division is comprised of two program areas: integrated Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Treatment/Prevention Services. The Division maintains the overall responsibility for planning, coordinating and administering a comprehensive State-wide system of mental health and substance abuse prevention/intervention, treatment activities and recovery supports. The Division’s overarching goal is to promote wellness and recovery while assuring quality treatment and prevention throughout the State. The Director of BHDDH is empowered as both the overall State Mental Health Authority and the State Authority for Substance Abuse.

In 2018, BHDDH has joined forces with TUNE IN & TUNE UP, an initiative of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, which brings health awareness to musicians and industry professionals, a group which is not often recognized in the health care field. Early identification of medical, behavioral health, and substance use disorder warnings signs are needed, particularly with the nation and also Rhode Island experiencing an opioid overdose epidemic.

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