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The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) works to guarantee high-quality, safe and accessible health care services through an integrated healthcare landscape in which all Rhode Islanders will thrive.


Director Charest before vote

Congratulations to former BHDDH Director Richard Charest who is now RI's Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) Secretary. He was recently confirmed by the State Senate to lead the agency which oversees BHDDH, DCYF, DHS, and DOH.

Deputy Director Dr. Louis Cerbo is the Interim Director of the Department and Elizabeth Silvestre is now serving as the Acting Deputy Director.


Director Cerbo congratulating Secretary Charest


RISPH receives accreditation

The RI State Psychiatric Hospital has been accredited by The Joint Commission.

The Gold Seal Approval came after a two-day survey in which the facility demonstrated compliance with all standards for psychiatric hospitals. The hospital is now accredited for three years, with the next review expected in 2026.

May Is Mental Health Month

Banner for MIMHM

Click here to see a list of events the Mental Health Association of RI has set up in May to celebrate Mental Health Month. 

Photos of MIMHM

ESH-Zambarano Day at the StateHouse

Pictures from ESH Zam Day at the State House

Tuesday, May 16th was officially named Eleanor Slater Hospital - Zambarano Day at the Rhode Island State House.

The patients along with hard-working hospital staff members, and BHDDH leadership were honored in the Governor's Office, the State Senate, and the House of Representatives. Proclamations were issued and presented to our patients during their visits to the offices. 

Special thanks to Governor Dan McKee, State Senator Jessica de la Cruz, and Representative David Place for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet and talk with our patients and staff.

This is an exciting time for ESH in Burrillville as we await the next steps in moving forward with the revitalization project of that campus with a new hospital, state of the art Long-Term Acute Care Hospital.

You can read about the plans here.

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Call 988 if you are having thoughts of suicide or in crisis.  988 is free, available 24/7, and confidential.