Rhode Island Resources

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RH terminology used by the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) “A ‘recovery residence’ (RR) is a broad term describing a sober, safe, and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol substance misuse and associated issues. The purpose of a recovery residence is to provide a safe and healthy living environment, as well as improve one’s physical, mental, spiritual, and social wellbeing.”


Rhode Island State Laws, Policies and Funding

Accreditation, Certification, and State Licensing Requirement: Certification required for state funding and referrals to a home.

RH Law(s): R.I. Gen. Laws § 40.1-1-13 (2016) R.I. Gen. Laws § 40.1-1-13 (2016)

This act would authorize the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities, and hospitals to certify recovery housing facilities directly or through a contracted entity using National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) standards. This act would further provide that, in accordance with a schedule to be determined by department regulations, all referrals from state funded facilities would be to certified houses, and only certified recovery housing would be eligible to receive funding to deliver recovery housing services.


Legislation: H3997 (2021) None/unknown

Regulations: None/unknown

SABG Program: The “Planned Priority Areas” documents for your state’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) program and Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) program do not specifically mention recovery housing as a priority, nor do they list recovery support services as an allowable activity. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through these grant programs, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://bhddh.ri.gov/

SOR Program: Your state’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has previously funded recovery activities using State Opioid Response (SOR) funds. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through this grant program, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://bhddh.ri.gov/

Medicaid Funding: Nothing in the state Medicaid plan suggests direct support for RH, however, certain covered activities could evolve to be provided in RH settings to include case management, counseling, and peer support.


NARR Affiliate Status: Yes, Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts – National Alliance for Recovery Residences (narronline.org)

Housing Assistance Funding: https://www.rihousing.com/


Certified Recovery Homes

Certified Recovery Houses – RI Cares

Licensed Recovery Homes


Rhode Island State Funders

There is no information available for funders of rural recovery efforts in Rhode Island because it has no counties officially designed as “rural” by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Rhode Island Opioid Settlement Funds

Total Settlement Funds in Rhode Island

  • $114 million

Fund Distribution

  • 80% to the state through the Rhode Island Statewide Opioid Abatement Account
  • 20% to local governments


  • Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
  • Funds from Johnson & Johnson will be paid over 9 years

Application Process

  • Not established

Spending So Far

  • NA

Key Contacts

  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services, main phone line: 401-462-5274
  • Office of the Attorney General Peter F. Neronha, ag@riag.ri.gov or 401-274-4400

Key Links

How About Your County?

To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.

Need More Info?


A year in the making by a staff of ten, the Fletcher Group’s 82-page Recovery Housing Landscape Report provides an in-depth overview of the most recent laws, policies, and funding affecting recovery housing. You’ll find sections devoted to state laws, SAMHSA funding, Medicaid, corrections, and housing assistance plus numerous links to valuable resources and official documents. To see the complete downloadable report, click the image to the left.

This web page is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $13.7 million with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.