Children’s Behavioral Health System of Care


A system of care is a wide spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports that is organized into a coordinated network. The network is guided by principles laying out the way services and supports are provided to children and families, including interagency collaboration; individualized strengths-based care; cultural competence; child, youth, and family involvement; community-based services; and accountability.

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services has been working with other state agencies – the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and the Rhode Island Department of Health - on preliminary planning about Rhode Island’s Children’s Behavioral Health System of Care. We are engaging the statewide community to ensure extensive stakeholder engagement and collaboration during this process.

We have created the following workgroups:

  1. Crisis continuum, development and access, screening and assessment
  2. Care authorization, care coordination and care monitoring
  3. Service array
  4. Ensuring equity: race equity, family members, with IDD, and LGBTQ+ Families
  5. Workforce transformation
  6. Data systems for outcomes measurement and evaluation
  7. Community outreach and education

For more information or to sign up for a workgroup, please contact Ellie Rosen at


Rhode Island Behavioral Health System of Care for Children and Youth DRAFT Plan – October 2021

Draft Plan

Form for Feedback on the Draft Plan


Appendix 5 - Detailed Prevention Plan

Appendix 6 - Detailed Equity Plan


System of Care Meeting Materials

General Community Engagement Meetings


Individual Work Group Meetings