Peer Recovery And Family Support

Peer Recovery Support Services

Based on the fundamental principles of recovery, Peer Support Services (PSS) are specialized, therapeutic interactions between current or former consumers of behavioral health services and individuals in the process of recovery. The peers are trained and certified to offer support and assistance to those in the recovery and community-integration process. Peer support is intended to inspire hope in individuals that recovery is not only possible, but probable. The service is designed to promote empowerment, self-determination, understanding, coping skills, and resiliency through mentoring and service coordination supports.

Family Support Services

Family support services are for those who know, or have known, a feeling of desperation concerning the mental health problem of someone very near to them. When you seek support, very often you can learn that you are no longer alone, but among people who understand the problem as only a few others can.

How do I contact an advocate for mental health services?

Rhode Island Office of the Mental Health Advocate
The Office of the Mental Health Advocate is an independent State agency staffed by attorneys who provide an array of free legal, investigative, and advocacy services, regardless of age, to:

  • prevent inappropriate admissions to psychiatric facilities
  • to protect the rights and enhance the dignity of persons in mental health treatment and inpatient substance abuse treatment
  • reduce the stigma associated with mental illness

For more information contact:

The Office of Mental Health Advocate
John O. Pastore Campus
57 Howard Avenue-4th Floor
Cranston, RI 02920
401-462-2003
1-800-346-2282
TTY: 401-462-6018

How do I file a complaint about my mental health service provider?

Please call our Quality Assurance line at 401-462-2629

Community Mental Health Centers:

Community Care Alliance 401-235-7121
800 Clinton Street Woonsocket, RI

East Bay Community Action Program 401-246-1195
601 Wampanoag Trail East Providence, RI
2 Old County Road Barrington, RI

Fellowship Health Resources 401-383-4885
45 Sockanossett Crossroad Unit 4 Cranston, RI

Gateway 401-273-8100
1443 Hartford Ave Johnston, RI

Gateway 401-364-7705
4705A Old Post Rd. Charlestown, RI (no walk-in access)

Gateway 401-273-8100
101-103 Bacon St. Pawtucket, RI

Newport Mental Health 401-846-1213
127 Johnny Cake Hill Rd. Middletown, RI

The Providence Center 401-276-4020
Located at: 530 N. Main St. Providence (no walk-in access)

Thrive 401-732-5656
50 Health Lane Warwick, RI

What is a Licensed Community Mental Health Center?

Rhode Island has a network of six private, nonprofit licensed community mental health centers, known as CMHCs. They are:  Community Care Alliance; Gateway; The Providence Center; Thrive Behavioral Health; East Bay Mental Health; and Newport Mental Health. Rhode Island’s network also includes a specialty provider, Fellowship Health Resources. This network provides comprehensive behavioral health services to adults with behavioral health needs.

The Community Mental Health Centers are regionally based however, as a RI resident, you may access services at any CMHC or at Fellowship Health Resources. You can also access RI’s 24/7 crisis hotline, BH Link at 401-414-LINK (5465). 

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) offers 24/7 call, text and chat access with trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, mental health crisis, or other emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.