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Information and Updates from the RI Department of B H D D H, Disability Services.

The RI Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospital (BHDDH), publishes a weekly bulletin called DD News and Updates. BHDDH originally created this resources to meet the need for information about how the Coronavirus was affecting DD Services in our state. Since then, they've expanded the publication to cover additional topics and address other issues related to the Rhode Island DD Community.

While we didn't create the materials on this page, we're sharing DD News and Updates, along with other resources listed below, as part of our mission to empower people who have an Intellectual/Developmental Disability to speak-up for themselves and others. Information is power and people need equal access to the facts to be part of the solution. Remember: Nothing about Us without Us!

You can use our BrowseAloud screen reader app to listen-to and translate the materials from BHDDH that we've listed below, or any of the other materials on our site. If you'd like to use BrowseAloud, make sure you turn it on before you open a PDF file. CLICK HERE for more information about how to do that.

CLICK HERE to open a new page and learn how to contact BHDDH directly with questions about the RI DD System, the Services you receive, or the information listed below.


DD Services News and Updates from BHDDH

LEFT CLICK on the following links to open each of the following resources in a separate tab. This information is also available directly the BHDDH website.

June 15th, 2021: DD News and Updates

May 21st, 2021: DD News and Updates

May 4th, 2021: DD News and Updates

April 21st, 2021: DD News and Updates

April 2nd, 2021: DD News and Updates

March 26th, 2021: DD News and Updates

March 19th, 2021: DD News and Updates

March 12th, 2021: DD News and Updates

March 5th, 2021: DD News and Updates

February 26th, 2021: DD News and Updates

February 19th, 2021: DD News and Updates

February 12th, 2021: DD News and Updates

February 5th, 2021: DD News and Updates

January 29th, 2021: DD News and Updates

January 22nd, 2021: DD News and Updates

January 15th, 2021: DD News and Updates

January 8th, 2021: DD News and Updates

December 18th, 2020: DD News and Updates

December 4th, 2020: DD News and Updates

November 23rd, 2020: DD News and Updates

November 13th, 2020: DD News and Updates

November 6th, 2020: DD News and Updates

October 30th, 2020: DD News and Updates

October 23rd, 2020: DD News and Updates

October 16th, 2020: DD News and Updates

October 9th, 2020: DD News and Updates

October 2nd, 2020: DD News and Updates

October, 2020: BHDDH, DD Services Quarterly Bulletin

September 25th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

September 18th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

September 14th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

September 3rd, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

August 27th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

August 20th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

July 24th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

July 15th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

July 10th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

July 3rd, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

June 23rd, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

June 12th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

June 5th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

May 29th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

May 22nd, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

May 15th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

May 8th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

April 29th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

April 17th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

April 10th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

April 3rd, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

March 27th, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

Communications from BHDDH and Other State Agencies Related to COVID-19 and the RI DD Service System

February 19th, 2021: Vaccine Clinic Information for Support Staff Who Work for People That Self-Direct Their DD Services

April 14th, 2020: COVID-19 DD Technical Bulletin on Transportation

April 10th, 2020: COVID-19 Questions and Answers for DD Provider Agencies

April 2nd, 2020: COVID-19 Questions and Answer for DD Provider Agencies

March 27th, 2020: Message from the Division of Developmental Disabilities

March, 2020: Therap and COVID-19 Information for Providers

March 17th, 2020: Letter to the RI DD Community from Director Kerri Zanchi

Information about Individualized Service Plans (ISPs)

March 19th, 2020: Interim Individualized Service Plan (ISP)

In order to comply with the Medicaid requirement for a signed plan every 365 days, BHDDH has developed this Affirmation Form for individuals who assert that their current plan continues to meet their needs. In other words, you can use this form during the pandemic to continue your current ISP, instead of writing a whole new plan.

*IMPORTANT* You and your support team should only complete this form if you want to continue using your current plan. If your current plan does not reflect your goals, interests, and needs, you need to submit a new plan before the expiration date for your current ISP.

BHDDH encourages individuals and plan writers to follow recommendations from the RI Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Some those recommendations include using alternative communication methods to gather input and discuss any changes you want to make as you re-write or update your ISP. For example, consider having a conference call with your team, sending material in the mail or by fax, and using Skype, Microsoft Teams, Zoom or other video platforms to meet virtually instead of getting together in person.

BHDDH has an email list that you can join to receive the BHDDH Community Bulletin and DD News and Updates.

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STAY INFORMED ABOUT YOUR DD SERVICES. Get Community Bulletins and Updates from The Rhode Island Division of Developmental Disabilities. Visit the BHDDH Website at this address to Sign-Up Today: MANTÉNGASE INFORMADO SOBRE SUS SERVICIOS DD. Obtenga Boletines Comunitarios y Actualizaciones desde La División de Rhode Island de Discapacidades del Desarrollo. ¡Visite el sitio web de BHDDH en esta dirección para registrarse hoy:!

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