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About Us

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

On July 12, 2017, Governor Raimondo issued Executive Order 17-7, which directed the

Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH) and the

Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) to establish a Family Task Force as a branch of the existing State Youth Treatment Planning Program (SYTP).  The Task Force would allow families directly affected by the opioid epidemic to help the Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force in promoting prevention and outreach initiatives.

The Family Task Force is a strong group of active and informed families of youth and adults who have or had opioid and substance use disorders and those who provide support, educate, and advocate for accessible and effective substance use prevention, treatment, response, and services that promote abstinence and recovery.

We are committed to working with families and state government to: 

  • Save Lives 

  • Educate on the Dangers of Opioid & Substance Use 

  • End the Stigma of Addiction 

Hands Up


The Task Force functions as a group of respectful, well-informed and focused members who promote the following values:

  • Infusing a family-focused voice in policy and practice

  • Expanding Public Education in prevention, intervention, rescue, and recovery

  • Promoting Coordination and Collaboration

  • Empowering Families by:

    • providing resources​

    • making connections and networking

    • disseminating Family Crisis Tool Kits

  • Services include wholistic approaches that promote wellness and recovery

  • Ensuring services are according to National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)

  • Reducing stigma associated with opioid and substance use disorders

Meet The Team


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