Promoting Positive Change

in Rhode Island Communities.

Trauma-Sensitive Schools E-Learning Module (July, 2022)

“Trauma” has become a buzzword that’s frequently used in casual conversation. We think we know what “trauma” means, but do we? And what about trauma in our schools? Or students and staff who come to school having experienced trauma? Or who experiences trauma in school? There’s a lot here to unpack, but this module can help!

After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Define trauma
  • List the common effects of trauma on children and adults
  • Describe why it is important for schools and school staff to be trauma-sensitive
  • Identify three strategies school staff can use to help create a trauma-sensitive school environment

Prevention is Hope – Celebrating Ten Years of the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center

The Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center (RIPRC) celebrates its tenth anniversary in this video series, Prevention is Hope

Virtual 2022 New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Services

This popular five-day late summer event gives addiction and behavioral health professionals the opportunity for in-depth study in areas of special interest. The program includes advanced clinical and administrative skilled-based treatment in best practices, evidence-based practices approaches, advanced prevention offerings, a psychologist track, current and emerging topics, and clinical supervision.

Fostering Students' Social-emotional Well-being E-Learning Module (April, 2022)

The purpose of this module is to outline the importance and basic concepts of social-emotional well-being for students and how educators, behavioral health professionals, and concerned adults can foster this well-being in youth. Please note that we can only provide certificates of course completion to those who work in Rhode Island.

Adversity and Mental Health of Sexual and Gender Minorities in Rhode Island

This data brief developed by the Statewide Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) provides information regarding adversity and mental health of sexual and gender minorities in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Student Survey Infographic

Rhode Island Student Assistance through their Project SUCCESS initiative developed this infographic using results from the Rhode Island Student Survey.

RI Drug Take Back Day 2022

Thanks to Rhode Island’s dedicated local prevention providers and community partners, the most recent Drug Take Back Day was a success! 

Youth Driven

Youth Driven is a traffic safety and leadership program that is led by the Rhode Island Student Assistance Services (RISAS) and supported by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), Office On Highway Safety. Youth Driven is a year round RI high school program and it begins with an educational summer summit. Every high school that attends the summit creates an action plan for the upcoming school year, focused around traffic safety. 

RI Drug Disposal Sites – April 2022

See the attached flyer for all free, anonymous prescription drug disposal sites in Rhode Island!

A Behavioral Health Emergency Plan

Like a physical health crisis, a behavioral health crisis can be devastating for individuals, families, and communities. A Behavioral Health Crisis Plan is intended to help families of those living with a behavioral health condition to effectively manage a crisis. It is difficult to predict if or when that will happen, however having a plan will quickly provide the needed information. Everyone does their best during difficult times; having a plan with pertinent information in one place will make it less complicated when a situation becomes overwhelming. Take a moment to fill out the plan (provided in English, Spanish, and Portuguese) and keep copies in several places, such as on a phone, in the car, and in a wallet.

Over-the-Counter Does Not Mean On-the-Counter Campaign

It’s too easy for your child or teen to access drugs left on kitchen or bathroom counters and medicine cabinets. To learn more about how to safely store medications, check out the work that Region 7 and the RI Regional Prevention Coalitions are doing through the Over-the-Counter Does Not Mean On-the-Counter campaign to remind parents and caregivers to always securely store ALL painkillers and other common drugs.

Prevention Providers Contact List

This list of prevention providers contact information was updated to reflect recent staff changes.

Rhode Island Social Host Law Campaign

The Rhode Island Regional Coalitions have partnered with JSI to establish a Social Host Law Campaign through the Partnerships for Success grant provided by BHDDH. The campaign aims to educate and inform Rhode Island residents about the Social Host Law, which states it is illegal to buy, provide, supply alcohol, or provide a place to consume alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. The campaign also raises awareness of the health and social consequences of underage drinking, including impacting brain development and decision making skills.

What's New

Click to view BHDDH’s revamped website!

2020 Rhode Island Student Survey

The RISS is a risk and prevalence survey for Rhode Island youth in middle and high schools. A risk and prevalence survey looks at a set of factors or conditions to which youth may be exposed that are associated with negative behavioral health outcomes and the extent to which youth may report engaging in problem behavior. It explores substance use, bullying, depression, suicide, and violence.

Pause RI

During these unprecedented times of crisis, Pause RI is here to help. Now is a good time to pause – to assess, to self-reflect, and if needed, to ask for help.

Emerging Trends in Vaping: What Schools Need to Know

This is a self-paced e-training developed for educators, Student Assistance Counselors, administrators, prevention specialists, and parents.

RI Good Samaritan Law Factsheet

View this factsheet to learn more about protections against prosecution for anyone experiencing an overdose or anyone who calls 9-1-1 for a person experiencing an overdose.

Virtual Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight allows parents a unique interactive opportunity to look into a teen’s mock bedroom. The room is full of common household items that could be used to hide or disguise drug, alcohol, tobacco use or other “risky” behaviors.

Fostering Resilience in Children

Join Child Psychologist, Dr. Kevin Plummer in a FREE webinar about your role as a parent/guardian in fostering resilience in youth. On your own time and at your own pace!

Virtual Hidden in Plain Sight: Southern Providence County

An interactive display providing parents with signs of risky behavior and possible drug use and the tools needed to have constructive conversations.

RI PREVCON Virtual Series: Webinar 5

Save the date for the fifth webinar in the RI PREVCON Virtual Series. Given the uncertainty around safety in executing an in-person conference in the coming year amid COVID-19, the PREVCON planning committee has decided to host a series of prevention focused webinars. The next is on October 22nd!

Behavioral Health in Rhode Island (2019): State Epidemiological Profile

This State Profile is guided by an outcomes-based framework, and as such, identifies specific areas of need, as well as potential risk and protective factors, from several ecological levels.

At-Home Drug Take-Back Kits

Expired or unused medication starting to take over your medicine cabinet? Bored & looking for something to do while at home? Why not clean out your medications & send them to a pharmacy where they can be safely disposed of.

In collaboration with CVS Health, the Kent & South County Prevention Coalitions will be providing FREE Medication Mailers to those who request them. Fill out the information below and we will send the free mailer straight to you.

For more information, or with any questions contact: kcscprevention@gmail.com

Click here to sign up.

COVID-19 Resources for Prevention Providers

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we all are working to adjust to a new normal. This pandemic has presented us with numerous challenges such as transitioning to remote working, finding ways to adapt our work to address COVID-19 related concerns, and taking on new roles as teachers and caregivers, all while trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy and trying to look after our own mental health needs. In thinking about these new challenges, the RIPRC has developed a comprehensive guidance document and list of resources which we hope, to the extent possible, will help prevention providers to continue doing their incredible work while caring for their own well-being.

Local Student Creates Opioid PSA

Check out this Rhode Show segment about a local youth’s public service announcement!

Marijuana and the Adolescent Brain

This e-training was developed for behavioral health, prevention, and treatment providers in Rhode Island. Please note that we can only provide certificates of course completion to those who work in Rhode Island.

What's Up with E-Cigarettes?

This e-training was developed for behavioral health, prevention, and treatment providers in Rhode Island. Please note that we can only provide certificates of course completion to those who work in Rhode Island.

Kent County Prevention Coalition PSA

Check out Kent County Prevention Coalition’s latest public service announcement!

Video Profile: Governor Raimondo’s Opioid Overdose Task Force Strategic Plan

Governor Gina Raimondo’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force focuses on saving lives and changing the social conditions that cause substance use disorders and keep people with substance use disorders from getting effective support. In this video profile, Governor Raimondo, Senior Advisor Tom Coderre, and others discuss the four pillars of the Opioid Overdose Task Force Strategic Plan and highlight some of the work that is being done in Rhode Island to prevent opioid use and opioid related deaths.

Alcohol and Substance-Exposed Pregnancies

This mini-course provides a self-study option of maternal and child health program staff working with pregant women and their families.

RI PREVCON 2019

Take a look at some highlights from the recent statewide prevention conference: RI PREVCON 2019! Prevention works!

Why Don't I Vape?

This PSA highlights reason why youth choose not to vape. For more information on the risks of electronic cigarettes and vaping for you, go to www.riprevention.org.

Community Profiles

What’s going on in your community? Community Profiles highlight substance use and mental health challenges in your community.

Provider
Profiles

Richard Charest, Director of BHDDH

In this interview, BHDDH Director Richard Charest discusses his vision for prevention in Rhode Island, some of the ways that Rhode Island prevention providers are currently helping BHDDH to address pressing behavioral health challenges, and his commitment to supporting a strong prevention infrastructure in order to develop, maintain, and ensure a solid foundation for prevention work across the state.

Nancy Murray and Wendy Looker on Problem Gambling and Gaming Prevention

In this interview, Wendy Looker—Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling—and Nancy Murray—Problem Gambling Services Program Manager for the Rhode Island Lottery—discuss the importance of gambling and gaming addiction prevention, strategies that parents and caretakers can utilize to prevent gambling and gaming addiction, and the ways by which substance use prevention providers can support the gambling and gaming prevention efforts that are currently happening in Rhode Island.

Dr. Maria Teresa Coutinho – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Behavioral Healthcare

In this interview, Dr. Coutinho discusses her research, implicit bias and inequitable care within the U.S., her experience as Co-Chair of the Strengthening Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Committee at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and systemic racism within the context of behavioral healthcare.

Kathryn Power, Director of BHDDH

In this interview, Director Kathryn Power discusses how the behavioral health landscape has changed since she previously served as Director, her vision for prevention in Rhode Island, and her views on the important work that prevention providers are doing in the state.

Suicide Prevention at the Rhode Island Department of Health

Jeffrey Hill—Violence and Injury Prevention Coordinator at the Rhode Island Department of Health—discusses how RIDOH’s suicide prevention work has evolved, key accomplishments, important collaborations, and future plans for this work.

BH Link – Behavioral Health Crisis Intervention Services

BHDDH’s Director of the Division of Behavioral Health, Corinna Roy, discusses the innovative behavioral health crisis intervention services provided by BH Link.

Video Profile: Governor Raimondo’s Opioid Overdose Task Force Strategic Plan

Governor Gina Raimondo’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force focuses on saving lives and changing the social conditions that cause substance use disorders and keep people with substance use disorders from getting effective support. In this video profile, Governor Raimondo, Senior Advisor Tom Coderre, and others discuss the four pillars of the Opioid Overdose Task Force Strategic Plan and highlight some of the work that is being done in Rhode Island to prevent opioid use and opioid related deaths.

Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals

Rebecca Boss, Director of BHDDH, discusses her experience in behavioral healthcare, as well her vision for the state agency she leads.

Anchor Recovery: Peer Recovery Services

George O’Toole, Manager of the Anchor ED program at Anchor Recovery Community Center – Pawtucket, discusses the importance of peer support systems in recovery.

BHDDH: Improving Youth Treatment Systems in Rhode Island

Trisha Suggs, BHDDH discusses her work on the State Youth and Young Adult Treatment Planning Grant.

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Youth Driven Summit

National Night Out in East Providence

National Night Out (South Kingstown)

Youth Driven Summit

Narragansett Town Beach – Movies on the Beach

Youth Driven Summit

Luca Screening

Charlestown Seafood Festival

Charlestown Seafood Festival

Charlestown Seafood Festival

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Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Kent County Prevention Coalition Library Outreach

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Resource Table at West Warwick Public Library

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Farmers Market

Charlestown Farmers Market

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

TIPS Certification

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Tiny Townies Sports Clinic

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Tiny Townies Sports Clinic

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Washington County Fair

Tiny Townies Sports Clinic

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Washington County Fair

Tiny Townies Sports Clinic

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Washington County Fair

Tiny Townies Sports Clinic

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Washington County Fair

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Washington County Fair

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Free Narcan Training – Newport County Prevention Coalition

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Kent County Prevention Coalition Tabling Event

Free Narcan Training – Newport County Prevention Coalition

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Resource Table at West Warwick Public Library

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

Townie Summer Sports Clinic Ages 6-12 (Weekdays Only)

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Virtual 2022 New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Services

Virtual 2022 New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Services

Virtual 2022 New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Services

Overdose Awareness Day

Farmer’s Market at Jonny Cake Center

Virtual 2022 New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Services

Virtual 2022 New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Services

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TIPS Certification

August 14 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Tiny Townies Sports Clinic

August 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Tiny Townies Sports Clinic

August 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Washington County Fair

August 17 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Tiny Townies Sports Clinic

August 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

BH Link

In the event of a mental health or substance use crisis, call to connect with a licensed counselor, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bilingual support and medications to assist with recovery are available.

401.414.LINK (5465)