Rhode Island Disability Resources and Advocacy Organizations
Scroll down for links to government agencies and disability rights organizations in Rhode Island. They may be able assist you with:
- disability advocacy
- home health services
- home care
- nursing aide services
- accessing other community resources to help people with disabilities.
Many of these organizations work to address the unique needs associated with different disabilities, including but not limited to physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and mental illness. Others focus on issues such as access to housing and legal assistance based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
If you live in Rhode Island and are a person with a disability, learning about state-specific resources to support people with disabilities can help you advocate for yourself. If you are a friend, family member, or caregiver of a person with disabilities in Rhode Island, these resources can help you in supporting your loved one.
Note: this website attempts to use people first language and thus uses the term "person with a disability" rather than disabled or handicapped.
We hope you will check out the rest of OlmsteadRights.org to learn about critical rights of people with disabilities.
Protection & Advocacy Organization
The Rhode Island state disability protection and advocacy (P&A) agency is the Rhode Island Disability Law Center (RIDLC). The RIDLC is part of the nation's federally-funded P&A system. It provides help to people with disabilities in Rhode Island to expand and defend their rights, including supporting self-advocacy groups and legal assistance. The RIDLC is part of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN).
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC)
ADRCs are the main points of access for long-term supports and services for older adults and people with disabilities, including home health care and assistive technology.
Legal Services Organizations
These organizations provide free legal assistance for low-income individuals, including help with accessing Social Security and Medicaid benefits.
State Medicaid Agency
Learn about and apply for Medicaid services in Rhode Island.
Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) helps remove barriers to independent living for people with disabilities and works to increase necessary supports and services. It is part of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL).
Money Follows the Person (MFP)
Free assistance with transitioning from a nursing facility or institutional care to the community.
Crisis intervention and counseling for people who are in need of immediate help or need someone to talk to. If you or a loved one is experiencing emotional distress, these agencies are ready to offer free and confidential help. Common concerns include but are not limited to mental illness, suicide, intellectual or developmental disability, physical disability, substance abuse, grief, sexual assault, and family violence.
- The Samaritans of Rhode Island Crisis Hotline/Listening Line
- Rhode Island Department of Health - Suicide
- Rhode Island Suicide Hotlines
- RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence Helpline
Services for Senior Citizens
Free or low-cost resources and disability services for senior citizens and their loved ones to promote successful community living.
- Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs
- DEA Home and Community Care Programs
- Providence Mayor's Office of Senior Services
Regional Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Provides information, training, and guidance on disability access and Rhode Island disability services. One of 10 regional centers in the ADA National Network.
Developmental Disabilities Services
These agencies address the specific needs of people with developmental disabilities. They advocate for community inclusion and access to Rhode Island disability services.
- Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council
- Rhode Island Division of Developmental Disabilities
- AccessPoint RI
- Cerebral Palsy Group
Mental Health Services
These agencies address the specific needs of people with mental illness and promote mental health. Some agencies offer free or low-cost group counseling and education programs.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Rhode Island
- Division of Behavioral Healthcare Mental Health Services
- Mental Health Association of Rhode Island
Traumatic Brain Injury Services
Information and resources for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and their loved ones.
Addiction and Substance Abuse Services
Information and resources for people with substance abuse and their loved ones.
- Division of Behavioral Healthcare Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services
- RICARES - RI's Recovery Community Organization
Low-Income Housing Services
Information and tools for locating affordable housing and access to public housing.
- Rhode Island Low Income Housing
- Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Rental Help
- Rhode Island Housing
- Rhode Island Affordable Housing Online