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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.

Division of Developmental Disabilities

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The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is responsible for planning, funding and overseeing a community system of services and supports for adults with developmental disabilities. We believe that all Rhode Islanders deserve to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Our work supports statewide efforts to expand opportunity and provide high-quality services for all Rhode Islanders. 

DDD also encourages the use of "People First Language" (PFL). PFL puts the person before the disability, and describes what a person has, not who a person is. Using phrases such as “person with a disability,” or “children with disabilities,” as opposed to phrases that identify people based solely on their disability, is the more respectful option.

Hospital News

Both State Hospitals Currently Require Masks

Eleanor Slater Hospital and the RI State Psychiatric Hospital have seen the recent increase of community/hospital respiratory illnesses within the state. In order to curb that spread, and to keep patients and staff safe, both hospitals require staff and visitors to wear masks. We thank you for your cooperation.

Eleanor Slater and the RI Psychiatric Hospitals are Hiring

The RI State Psychiatric Hospital in Cranston and Eleanor Slater Hospital (Cranston and Pascoag campuses) are hiring Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs),and  Institution Attendants. Cook's Helpers are needed in Pascoag (training provided).

As a state employee, you will receive a competitive pay, health benefits, personal/vacation/sick time, and much more. Join our team by clicking here for more information.

Eleanor Slater Hospital Reaccredited

Eleanor Slater Hospital has been reaccredited by the Joint Commission, following a survey and inspections that found the hospital to be in compliance with all standards for acute care hospitals. Read about it here.

Need Help? Call 988

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Need Support? call 988.

Call anytime, day or night, for mental health distress, substance use crisis, and/or thoughts of suicide.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is here for you.
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Simply calling or texting 988 or chatting 988lifeline.org will connect a person in crisis to compassionate care and support for any mental health or substance use-related distress.

Anyone—a person in crisis, or someone supporting a person in crisis—can reach 988 in the United States through any land line, cell phone, and voice-over internet device. With rising levels of anxiety, depression, emotional distress, and overdose deaths, it is crucial that people have a direct connection to immediate and free support and resources. And it works. If you need help, contact 988.

988 Suicide Prevention Hotline

Call or text 988 if you are in crisis and/or having thoughts of suicide. 988 has trained counselors available 24/7. It is confidential and free of charge.