BHDDH Grant Information

Block Grant Information

BHDDH submits a combined application to Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) every other year. This application outlines the state’s plan to monitor grant-funded Mental Health (MH) services and Substance Use, Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services (SUPTRS) throughout Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals invites your feedback on the state’s combined Block Grant (BG) application for federal fiscal year 2024-2025.

For more information on the federal granting agency, To access any of Rhode Island’s MH or SUPTRS block grant applications or reports, visit Welcome To WebBGAS (

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Once you have logged in, click on "View an Existing Application."

All comments and feedback can be sent to

Annual Synar Report

In July 1992, Congress enacted the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration Reorganization Act (PL 102-321), which includes an amendment (section 1926) aimed at decreasing youth access to tobacco. This amendment, named for its sponsor, the late Congressman Mike Synar of Oklahoma, requires states to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18. States must comply with the Synar Amendment (and submit an Annual Synar Report on those efforts) in order to receive their full Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) awards.

Rhode Island’s Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2025 Annual Synar Report will be submitted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration by 12/31/24. The Department invites you to read and comment on the report, which will be posted in November 2022. Comments may be directed to Maureen Mulligan at

Annual PATH Application

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) is a formulary grant which is awarded to states and funds programs for people with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness.

The annual PATH application was submitted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in May of 2021 and the annual report will be submitted to SAMHSA in December 2021.

Any questions or comments on the PATH grant should be directed to Bette Ann McHugh at