What’s in Your Backpack?

Parenting is quite a journey!

Like all long journeys, you might need to fill your backback with the tools and maps you need to help you find your way.

Check out the items below to help make your parenting journey as smooth as possible.


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Behavioral Health Emergency Plan for Youth and Families

Like a physical health crisis, a behavioral health crisis can be challenging for teens and families.  Having a plan with your information all is one plan can make it less overwhelming.

Here is a plan to help manage any crisis related to substance use, psychological distress, suicide or other mental health challenges.

Fill out the form to:

        Know your teen’s resources and supports in a moment’s notice

        Better prepare your support system

Keep several copies on the fridge, on your phone, in your car or in a wallet.

Click here to download forms in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

Parent Resources

Substance Use Resources

National Institute on Drug Abuse: https://www.drugabuse.gov

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: https://www.niaaa.nih.gov

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/parents

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: https://drugfree.org

Power to the Parent: http://powertotheparent.org

Parent Action on Drugs (PAD): https://parentactionondrugs.org

Get Smart About Drugs: https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov

Addiction Resource: https://addictionresource.com/parents-and-educators/

Lifespan Substance Use Disorders Treatment: https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/substance-use-disorders-treatment/ourservices

The Providence Center: https://providencecenter.org/services/child-and-family/adolescent-teen-programs

Clinical Services of Rhode Island: https://clinicalservicesri.com/support-groups/

Mental Health Resources

Dept. of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) Mental Health Services: http://www.bhddh.ri.gov/mh/index.php

Campaign to Change Direction: https://www.changedirection.org

Kids Link RI: https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/kids-link-ri

Bradley Hospital: https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/access-center-bradley-hospital

Additional resources here

Other Family and Adolescent Resources

CEDARR Center 401-365-6855
Big Brothers/Big Sisters 401-432-9955
Care Net RI -24 hour pregnancy hotline 1-800-395-HELP (4357)
Child Abuse Hotline RI 800-RI-CHILD
Gay and Questioning Youth 800-850-8078
Shepard Program 401-353-3900
Dorcas Place 401-273-8866
Family Services of RI 401-331-1350 ext. 3162
Mental Health Counseling 401-822-1360
Counseling for Teenagers and Adolescents 401-822-1360
Northern RI Visitation Center 401-769-4558
Runaway Help 800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)