About Us

BHDDH is the second largest department in the state with more than 1,100 employees working in three divisions: Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and the state hospital system, Eleanor Slater Hospital. The hospital is located on two campuses - Cranston and Burrillville. 

We provide 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 the state hospital system, known as the Eleanor Slater Hospital (ESH). 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.


To be the 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.


We remain true to our core values which are embodied in the state’s motto: Hope. We promote and inspire hope for good health, a safe home, a supportive community, and living a purposeful life. These four pillars support our foundational values of: dignity, respect, person-centered choice, and accountability.

Photo of Barry Hall in Cranston, RI