CSS is working with the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health Care, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to conduct an analysis on mental health and crisis services for people who experience IDD in the state. This comprehensive study combines data from an online community survey, targeted focus groups and telephone interviews with family caregivers. The goal of the study is to determine where the service system is working well for individuals with IDD and mental health needs, what services could be improved, and where there are gaps in existing services. Data collection for this analysis is underway and expected to wrap up in December 2019 with a full report and list of recommendations for enhancing and improving services in March 2020.
In addition to the service system analysis, a Professional Learning Community (PLC) with Rhode Island stakeholders began in September and concluded this week. The purpose of the PLC was to educate participants about the START model, facilitate discussion about how the START model may fit into the existing systems of care, and determine whether START is a good fit for the state. This has been one of the most well-attended stakeholder PLCs to date; multiple stakeholders representing families, providers, hospitals, crisis responders, and BHDDS consistently attend and actively participate. It has been very exciting to meet and talk with this group and to learn more about Rhode Island supports and services for people with IDD and mental health needs.