Developing a Prevention Resource Center in Rhode Island (RIPRC)

Dates: 2012-2017

State: Rhode Island

Client(s): Rhode Island Department of BHDDH

Service: Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Behavioral Health, Substance Use


JSI is working with the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to develop the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center (RIPRC), a focal training and technical assistance (TTA) resource for Rhode Island substance abuse prevention providers.

TTA will be provided based on the self-identified capacity building needs of substance abuse prevention providers, and will be delivered in a wide-range of formats including: face-to-face meetings and training sessions, Learning Collaboratives, conference calls,video conferencing and e-learning opportunities. A website for sharing resources and information, providing access to TTA, promoting training sessions, and showcasing the services sponsored by the Department will be developed as a central source for linking substance abuse providers to appropriate TTA and a current source of local information for the public.

The RIPRC will also focus on increasing participation in the RI Substance Abuse Prevention Certification system. While building on the current substance abuse prevention infrastructure, the RIPRC will work to expand and increase the capacity of the prevention workforce in RI.

The RIPRC will support the development of the RI Substance Abuse Prevention Strategic Plan, Workforce Development Plan for Substance Abuse Prevention Providers, and Training and Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Implementation Plan. These plans are guiding documents for the development of the RIPRC and to the state’s overall substance abuse prevention goals,objectives and vision.

Read a related blog post by August Oddleifson and Deborah Dean on Electronic Cigarettes: Combating Misconceptions by Supporting Public Education.

Watch a video produced by JSI for the project, Prevention Profile: Facing the Opioid Epidemic in Rhode Island