Provider Profiles

In April 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed new national program standards that would ban the production and sale of menthol cigarettes. In this interview, Kirsten Skelly, Program Manager for the Rhode Island Department of Health Tobacco Control Program, provides an overview of this proposed ban, its significance, and the potential implications […]

After retiring from a long and successful career as a healthcare executive, Richard Charest accepted the position of Director of the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) in June, 2021. In this interview, BHDDH Director Richard Charest discusses his vision for prevention in Rhode Island, some of the ways that Rhode […]

In this interview, Linda Mahoney (BHDDH) discusses the Imani Recovery Program in RI—a collaborative, culturally centered, and community-driven faith-based opioid recovery initiative. Could you start by telling us a bit about yourself and your role? My name is Linda Mahoney and I work for the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH). […]

Too often, people do not recognize that problem gambling and gaming is an addiction disorder that, like other addictions, causes chemical brain changes in those affected. In Rhode Island, the rates of gambling and gaming addiction have increased due to a number of factors including the impact of isolation caused by COVID-19, greater access to […]

Ann Marie Rakovic (uses pronouns she/her/hers) has over 25 years of leadership experience in community, state, and national program design, implementation, and evaluation. She has directed federal and state programs addressing the implementation of behavioral health systems change models focusing on HIV, mental health, and substance/tobacco use disorders, and has managed training and technical assistance […]

Dr. Maria Teresa Coutinho is a research staff psychologist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Department of Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Coutinho’s research focuses on understanding cultural, social, and healthcare system factors that impact urban and […]

In 2003, Kathryn Power left her position as Director of what was then called MHRH (now BHDDH) to work with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the federal level. After retiring from this position at SAMHSA, Director Power chose to return to her position as Director of BHDDH. In this interview, […]

In this interview, BHDDH’s Director of the Division of Behavioral Health, Corinna Roy, discusses the innovative behavioral health crisis intervention services provided by BH Link. Could you start by telling us a bit about BH Link overall and some of the very important services that BH Link offers? We had been thinking about creating this […]

Profile of the Chariho Youth Task Force in Rhode Island, serving the towns of Charleston, Hopkinton, and Richmond through authentic youth engagement. The Task Force is working to reduce substance misuse, promote mental health awareness, and encourage healthy lifestyles.  

In this interview, Kristen Westmoreland discusses her experience working in prevention as Co-coordinator of the East Bay Regional Task Force.  You have worked in prevention at a few different levels. How has your role and your work changed with regionalization? How do the regions work together on prevention efforts?  Regionalization allows us to be more […]

In this interview, Rebecca Boss expands on her journey to her new (or not so new) position, and shares her vision for leading a state agency, with an eye on prevention…

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

In this interview, Trisha Suggs, BHDDH discusses her work on the State Youth and Young Adult Treatment Planning Grant…

In this interview, Gaby Abbate, Chief of the Office of Highway Safety at the RI Department of Transportation, discusses how to encourage safe use of our state’s roadways and prevent impaired driving…

In this video, Rhode Island leaders in opioid overdose prevention, recovery, and research talk about the state’s response to the epidemic.

In this interview, Sarah Dinklage, the Executive Director at Rhode Island Student Assistance Services, discusses the importance of school-based prevention.

In this interview, Pat Seltzer, a Community Wellness Nurse at Buttonwoods Community Center & Pilgrim Senior Center, discusses prescription drug misuse and abuse among older adults.

In this interview, Heidi Driscoll and Dave Neill discuss electronic cigarettes and the public prevention work by the South Kingstown Partnership for Prevention to educate the community about their dangers.

In this interview, Gaby Abbate, Pattie Sweet, Dana DeVerna, and Anna Meehan discuss the creation of the Rhode Island Underage Drinking Prevention Public Service Announcements.

In this profile, students at Ponaganset High School discuss the integration of youth-driven, asset focused substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion.

In this interview, Nancy DeNuccio discusses the Ocean State Prevention Alliance’s focus on marijuana legislation in Rhode Island.

In this video, YPI youth and staff explain what makes YPI an important and innovative organization in Rhode Island and how YPI promotes health and well-being for LGBTQ youth.

In this interview, Karina Wood discusses Tobacco Free Rhode Island’s strategies and priorities to diminish tobacco use in Rhode Island.

In this interview, Shannon Spurlock reflects on the accomplishments of the RIPRC in its first year and shares the Center’s vision for the coming years.

Lisa Carcifero and Victor Ramos discuss the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition’s thriving community partnerships and approach to successful tobacco use prevention.

Kathy Sullivan discusses the BAY Team’s innovative, community-based approach to marijuana and prescription drug abuse prevention.

Charles and Elizabeth talk about the development of the new center for prevention resources in Rhode Island and their vision for prevention in the state.

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