PPHC is proud to work with a multitude of academic institutions, state agencies and community partners.
Community Based Partners
The PPHC collaborates with several community-based partners across Rhode Island, including:
ACOS is dedicated to providing quality housing, case management, medical and nursing care, and prevention to people who are affected by or at risk for HIV. ACOS also operates ENCORE, which is one of the state’s largest needle exchange programs, and offers counseling, HIV prevention and education, and treatment referrals for people who inject drugs.
CODAC has provided treatment, recovery and prevention services to individuals and families within local Rhode Island communities for more than 50 years. With seven locations across the state, and two correctional programs, CODAC provides a wide range of outpatient and off-site services to people with substance use disorders and other behavioral healthcare issues.
CCA strives to empower people experiencing economic insecurity, mental illness and addiction, housing issues, and trauma-related concerns. CCA offers a range of programs for people, including for people in recovery and people experiencing housing instability. Safe Haven is one of their drop-in centers for people who are unhoused that provides a place where people can rest, have a meal, and access harm reduction materials and basic necessities.
PSN is a group of parents, family members, transition age youth, and adults with behavioral health lived experience who are committed to empowering others through dynamic supports, education, and advocacy. PSN offers a range of services, including community center and community outreach to provide direct recovery and harm reduction supports to at-risk individuals in the community.
PONI is an opioid overdose prevention and naloxone distribution program focused on reducing opioid-related overdose deaths in Rhode Island. In collaboration with other community organizations, PONI distributes several thousand naloxone kits and other harm reduction supplies throughout the state of Rhode Island each year.
Project Weber/RENEW provides peer-led harm reduction and recovery support services, builds relationships with the people they serve, and fights for systemic change. Project Weber/RENEW empowers people who engage in drug use and/or sex work to make healthier and safer choices in their own lives. They operate two drop-in centers and will be operating the state’s first overdose prevention center.
The mission of RICARES is to advance addiction recovery in Rhode Island through advocacy, community engagement, and service. Much of RICARES’ work is focused on recovery coaching, recovery advocacy, recovery housing, and recovery allies. RICARES also certifies recovery housing facilities in the state.
VICTA is an outpatient substance use and mental health treatment program providing low-barrier supports to people with substance use disorders in Rhode Island. VICTA offers a range of services that are organized within a comprehensive therapeutic environment, including counseling, medications for opioid use disorders, and primary care services.
State Agency Partners
The PPHC works closely with several state agency partners, including:
BHDDH provides services to approximately 50,000 Rhode Islanders, and their loved ones, who are living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders, have developmental disabilities, or need long-term acute care in one of the state hospitals. In addition, BHDDH administers funds which support a statewide network of prevention and mental health promotion initiatives.
RIDOH coordinates public health activities across the state. RIDOH’s Drug Overdose Surveillance Data Hub provides several sources of non-fatal and fatal overdose data with a special focus on municipal, county, and statewide trends, and this Data Hub is managed by the RIDOH Substance Use Epidemiology Program.
EOHHS is the principal state agency that manages RIDOH and BHDDH, as well as the departments of: Human Services (DHS), Office of Healthy Aging (OHA), Office of Veterans Services (VETS), and Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). EOHHS also administers the Medicaid program in Rhode Island.
The PPHC also collaborates frequently with researchers at other centers and institutions, including:
Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH)
CHERISH is a collaboration among Weill Cornell Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Public Health, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. CHERISH develops and disseminates health economics research to inform substance use disorder treatment policy and HCV and HIV care of people who use drugs.
The Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy at NYU Langone launched in 2018 to serve as a central source of research on the rapidly shifting opioid overdose epidemic. The center seeks to inform evidence-based policies and programs to prevent opioid misuse, disorder, and overdose in populations nationally and globally.
The COBRE on Opioids and Overdose, based at the Rhode Island Hospital, aims to collaboratively address the opioid epidemic. This COBRE is a vibrant, interdisciplinary center that supports research essential to understanding the mechanisms underlying opioid use disorder and developing innovative solutions.