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Were you able to attend the July 1st Community Forum? If not, click here to watch the entire forum.

Many thanks, Advocates in Action!


Did You Know?

Call 911

Rhode Island has had a Good Samaritan Law for a few years.

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!

24-Hour Buprenorphine

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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 MedicineLifespan 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.

Updated Guide Books for 14 – 25 Year Old’s

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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 November 2019, was created for youth and young adults with a great deal of community input.

Each page was designed to stand alone so, for example, if you need information on Substance Use Disorders, you would simply print out page 15 and 16. The 24-page combined English/Spanish Guidebook are available in hard copy free of charge. For more information, contact Denise Achin at 401-462-0421 [email protected]

Visitor at Eleanor Slater Hospital Policy

Click here for the Visitor Policy at Eleanor Slater Hospital.



Overview of Underage Drinking

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Thanks to the Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition for creating this informative guide!

Alcohol Licensee Guide: An Overview of Underage Drinking, RI Laws, and Responsible Alcohol Sales

The RI Behavioral Health Open Bed System

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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

2020 America's Health Rankings

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The new 2020 America's Health Rankings were recently released from the United Health Foundation. There are measures for behavioral healthcare included in these rankings and Rhode Island remained in the #3 spot with the third lowest suicide rate in the country at 9.8 per 100,000 and the U.S. rate was 14.8. https://tinyurl.com/rirank.

Rhode Island's Teen Suicide rate remains the lowest in the nation for the 4th year in a row with the ranking at 5.0 per 100,000. https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/health-of-women-and-children/measure/teen_suicide/state/RI

Quickly Find a Mental Health or Substance Use Provider

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Use this interactive map to find a mental health and/or substance use provider in Rhode Island.