Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH)

About Us

The RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) is the second largest department in the state with more than 1,100 employees working in three divisions: Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and the state hospitals: Eleanor Slater Hospital (ESH) for medical care located on two campuses, Cranston and Burrillville, or the Rhode Island State Psychiatric Hospital (RISPH) in Cranston.

BHDDH provides services to approximately 50,000 Rhode Islanders, and their loved ones, who are living with mental illness and/or substance use conditions, have developmental disabilities, or need Long Term Acute Care in one of the state hospitals. In addition, BHDDH administers funds which support a statewide network of prevention and mental health promotion initiatives.


BHDDH guarantees high-quality, safe and accessible health care services for all individuals with differing intellectual/developmental abilities, mental health or substance use disorders, or who are in the care of facilities administered by BHDDH through an integrated healthcare landscape, in which all Rhode Islanders will thrive.


BHDDH is a leader in the development of policy and research-based, industry-leading services in collaboration with our consumers, families and community partners in order to exceed care delivery expectations while being a consummate advocate for the populations we support.


BHDDH remains true to a set of core values which are embodied in the state’s motto: Hope. Promoting and inspiring hope for good health, a safe home, a supportive community, and living a purposeful life. These four pillars support the department's foundational values of dignity, respect, person-centered choice, and accountability.

Photo of Barry Hall in Cranston, RI