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Our Data Unit's study was recently published:
Telehealth as an Effective Care Delivery Method During the COVID-19 Pandemic for the Rhode Island Behavioral Health Population (springer.com)
These three papers were a collaboration between BHDDH and the RI Dept of Health:
An evaluation of the association between specific post‐overdose care services in emergency departments and subsequent treatment engagement - Chambers - 2023 - Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open - Wiley Online Library
The impact of polysubstance use patterns on engagement of substance use disorder treatment among emergency department patients at high risk of opioid overdose (sciencedirectassets.com)
The U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory on Social Media and Youth Mental Health highlights the impact of social media on our youth's mental health. The report states that they cannot conclude social media is sufficiently safe for children and adolescents and outlines immediate steps to take to mitigate the risk of harm to our youth.
Click here to read the advisory.
Use this Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) interactive map to find a mental health and/or substance use provider in Rhode Island or anywhere in the United States.
The FindTreatment.gov site is also helpful in locating local facilities or those in a different state.
These coping cards are designed to help parents, caregivers, school, and community members, to provide coping strategies for young people who are experiencing emotional distress. They include coping statements which youth can use when feeling overwhelmed, anxious, fearful, panicked, and/or other emotions.
Rhode Island has a Good Samaritan Law. That means, if you witness an overdose and call 911, Rhode Island’s Good Samaritan Law protects YOU. See the flyer here and if you are able, print and post to get the word out!
This guidebook provides an outline of Rhode Island’s Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (RI-SBIRT) program and its implementation processes from 2016 to 2021.
“SBIRT in Rhode Island: A Guidebook for Implementation in Rhode Island Healthcare Settings” was designed to help providers efficiently implement the SBIRT model of substance use disorder screening, identification, and treatment in their healthcare setting. It includes basic definitions, printable screening tools and helpful resources, workflow examples, and feedback and advice from RI-SBIRT providers and staff.
For more information, contact Catherine Hunter at email@example.com
This Guidebook provides a roadmap to help 14 – 25 year old's in navigating the sometimes complex system of behavioral healthcare services. There are many resources listed to guide you, should you need them. "Take Charge of Your Behavioral Health: A Guide for Transition Aged Youth (TAY) in Rhode Island," recently revised August 2021, was created for youth and young adults with a great deal of community input.
Each page was designed to stand alone so you can download and print the entire document or just select those pages of interest to you.
Hard copies of the previous version of the Guidebook are currently available and free of charge. For more information, contact Denise Achin at 401-462-0421 or by email at Denise.Achin@bhddh.ri.gov.
In partnership with RI Quality Institute, BHDDH maintains ribhopenbeds.org to provide public information about bed availability for mental health and substance use disorder services.
The goal of the RI Behavioral Health Open Beds (RI BHOB) system is to efficiently collect and distribute bed availability information, reduce patient delays in accessing appropriate emergency, provide crisis stabilization, and recovery services. Currently, RI BHOB is the only way to view Recovery House bed availability and Substance Use Residential Treatment bed availability electronically.
Visit RI BHOB to view available beds at RI's facilities at ribhopenbeds.org
Rhode Island’s Buprenorphine Hotline is for people with moderate to severe opioid use disorder (OUD).
The Buprenorphine Hotline – 401.606.5456 -- offers 24-hour telehealth access for patients who are seeking initiation of buprenorphine (also referred to as Suboxone®) treatment. This hotline gives people the opportunity to get a health assessment by a Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waivered healthcare provider, a prescription for buprenorphine for unobserved home induction (if appropriate), and linkage to a Rhode Island Center of Excellence or office-based buprenorphine provider for maintenance treatment.
The hotline is being managed through a partnership between Brown Emergency Medicine, Lifespan Recovery Center, and the Rhode Island Hospital Center for Primary Care Recovery Clinic, with support from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH).
For more information about recovery, harm reduction, and treatment resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic, go to PreventOverdoseRI.org’s COVID-19 webpage or download this printable flyer.
Most people know that how we use words truly matters.
"Words Matter" uses person-first language when describing individuals who have mental health issues, substance use conditions, developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, or preferences on sexual orientation and gender identity.
These general tips emphasize the person first (not their condition) and promotes dignity and respect for all. These recommendations are intended to make it easier to talk with people, write about them, and share their stories. This is simply a guide; when you are not sure which word or phrase to use, it is best to simply ask.
Click here to access "Words Matter."