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The Research, Data Evaluation, and Compliance Unit (the Data Unit) is a centralized unit within BHDDH which works with all three divisions.
• Data Scientists and Analysts
• Public Health Epidemiologists and Program Evaluators
• Subject Matter Experts
• Published Researchers
• Database Managers
• Administrative Support
• Data collection
• Data analysis
• Database development and management
• Program evaluation
• Data visualizations and dashboards
• Grant writing
• HIT coordination
• Research collaborations with state agencies and local universities
Overall, data from RI-BHOLD provide policy makers and other stakeholders with an understanding of the population demographics and mental health and substance use service utilization of our licensed providers who serve individuals with the most acute behavioral healthcare needs.
While there is overlap between mental health and substance use programs, approximately 17,000 clients receive substance use services and 30,000 clients receive mental health services each year.
A PDF of the RI-BHOLD data codebook can be found here.
The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) may accept proposals for new studies from external researchers. Researchers may complete and submit an application to request de-identified service level data from the RI Behavioral Health On-Line Data (RI-BHOLD) and/or match study participants to their RI-BHOLD records.
Preference will be given to applications that improve the lives of Rhode Islanders who live with or are at risk for developing a substance use or mental health condition. All applications are reviewed by a committee identified by the administrator of BHDDH’s Research, Data Evaluation, and Compliance (RDEC) Unit for scientific value, the expected contribution to study participants, and the community. If the application is approved, BHDDH will provide a letter of support for the external researcher’s grant application, upon request.
Contact the RDEC Unit to discuss your ideas prior to submitting an application at: BHDDH.BehavioralHealthcareDataUnit@bhddh.ri.gov.
Once an application has been approved, it should be submitted to the researcher’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Approved researchers may also be required to sign a Data Use Agreement with BHDDH.
It may be beneficial to explore collaborative opportunities in light of BHDDH staffs’ experience and familiarity with the study population and data.
BHDDH does not provide financial support to external researchers. However, we may provide in-kind support to approved projects.