Community Health Resources

Central Falls Office of Community Health

The Central Falls Office on Health is charged with improving the health and safety of the people of Central Falls, and with making Central Falls in to the healthiest community in Rhode Island.  That means understanding what our health challenges and resources are, and planning to use our resources wisely to address those challenges.  The Office on Health authored the Central Falls Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Plan, and staffs the Substance Use Disorder Task Force. 

The Office on Health monitors and tracks our Emergency Medical Services use, and uses EMS data to track the cause of medical, mental health and substances use challenges in Central Falls, as makes follow-up up contact with every single person who uses the service to make sure they have retrieved the treatment they needed, and also to make sure they have access to primary medical care.

Contact: Debbie Navarro or (401) 616-2451 (Habla español)


Substance Abuse

Alcohol Help

Anchor Recovery Community Center

Community Care Alliance

This Woonsocket-based program offers more than 50 programs & services to support and strengthen individuals, families and the community they live in. For more information about programs & services, visit their website or call (401) 235-7000.

Prevent Overdose RI

Helpline: (401) 942-7867

The Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force Action Plan is a strategic plan to address Rhode Island’s opioid addiction and overdose epidemic, which include prevention, rescue, treatment, and recovery.

Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of RI

Website features treatment locators for detoxification services, medication-assisted treatment, mental health treatment providers, residential substance abuse treatment and outpatient treatment, along with resources for everything from problem gambling to recovery radio, technical assistance and a veteran's hotline. the SUMHLC also provides workforce development and training opportunities.


Domestic Violence

24 Hour Statewide Hotline: 1-800-494-8100

Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center Helpline: (401) 723-3057

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center has been providing services to victims of domestic violence in the Blackstone Valley area for over two decades. This nonprofit organization provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education and awareness on the issue of domestic violence. BVAC offers residential services, a helpline, support groups, court program, law enforcement advocate program, Latina advocacy program and is involved in the Safe Families Collaboration project.

Crossroads Rhode Island Helpline: (401) 861-2760

The Domestic Violence Program is primarily an emergency shelter program with a focus on safety and housing. The shelter provides safety for domestic violence survivors and their children in a confidential location separate from other Crossroads properties. The domestic violence program also includes transitional housing and a 24-hour helpline. Clients will have access to Crossroads Rhode Island’s range of services, including basic needs assistance, education and employment services, and intensive case management, while they work to find a secure and stable home.

Day One Sexual Assault and Abuse Assistance

Day One is the only agency in Rhode Island that is specifically organized to deal with issues of sexual assault as a community concern. We provide treatment, intervention, education, advocacy, and prevention services to Rhode Islanders of all ages—from preschool children to elder adults. Services include: 24 hour helpline and legal advocacy, law enforcement advocacy programs, individual and group counseling, professional training sessions, and prevention education workshops.

Sojourner House Helpline: (401) 765-3232

Our prevention and education programs work within Rhode Island communities, teaching important information on domestic abuse. We also work to raise awareness on many issues related to domestic violence: teen violence, HIV/AIDS prevention, elder abuse, and LGBTQ partner abuse. For these areas, Sojourner House has created specialized services.

All our programs work from the premise that violence is an unacceptable means to solving interpersonal conflict, and we encourage only non-violent methods of working out conflicts. To learn more about our programs, please visit their website.


Healthcare Clinic

Blackstone Valley Community Health Clinic

Blackstone Valley Community Health Care is a federally qualified, TJC accredited Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home located in Pawtucket and Central Falls, Rhode Island.  BVCHC takes great pride in being a culturally diverse health center that provides a full range of services from Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Midwifery and OB/GYN as well as Dental, Optometry and Behavioral Health Services. 



RI Department of Health Asthma Home Visits: These classes help families find, manage, and fix asthma triggers in the home; teach how to use an inhaler, and other medication, correctly. They also help tenants understand their housing rights.
Who we serve: Families who have children with severe asthma who live in Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Woonsocket.
Cost: Free

Contact: Julian Drix


Breath Easy at Home: If a landlord will not fix a suspected housing code violation that is triggering asthma, the Breathe Easy at Home program helps doctors contact building officials. We also help tenants get legal support.

Target Audience: Renters living in Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Woonsocket housing that contributes to asthma.

Cost: Free
Contact:Julian Drix


Certified Asthma Educators: Certified Asthma Educators are experts in how to manage asthma and minimize its impact.
Cost: Depend on insurance. Co-pays may apply.

Contact:Julian Drix


Draw a Breath Asthma Program: Asthma education program for children and their parents designed to provide families with the knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively manage asthma and to reduce emergency room and overnight hospital stays for asthma. Improves child and family knowledge and confidence in managing asthma. The Draw a Breathe Program's group-based approach creates a unique learning environment in which both children and caregivers learn from, and are motivated by, each other. Offered in English and Spanish. 

Target Audience: Families with a child with asthma are eligible to take part in the program

Cost: Services all families, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay
Contact:Miosotis Alsina



Diabetes Information for Parents 

Diabetes Prevention Program: This program teaches people how to lower their risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. Group sessions are held once a week for 16 weeks. 
Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) with pre-diabetes or people at-risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes

Cost: Free
Contact:Community Health Network Coordinator

Diabetes Self-Management: Led by certified Peer Leaders, this workshop teaches techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, stress, depression, and anger. It also promotes exercise, proper use of medications, healthy eating, and effective communication techniques. Group sessions meet for 2 1/2 hours per week for 6 weeks. Facilitated in both English and Spanish. 

Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) who have, or who care for someone with, diabetes

Cost: Free. Incentives are provided to participants
Contact:Community Health Network Coordinator

Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educators : Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educators (CDOEs) are Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians and pharmacists who teach patients how to manage their glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, medication, and nutrition. Individual or group consultations are done in doctors' offices, pharmacies, CDOE sites, around the state. 

Target Audience:Adults (18+ years old) with diabetes referred by a healthcare provider

Cost: Covered under some health insurance plans, may require co-pay

Contact:Community Health Network Coordinator

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program: This program teaches people how to lower their risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. Group sessions are held once a week for 16 weeks. 

Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) with pre-diabetes or people at-risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes

Cost: YMCA Member $199, Non-Member $249. YMCA membership included during the core 16 sessions. Financial Assistance and payment plans available.
Contact:Joni Bloom



Childhood Lead Action Project: Childhood lead poisoning remains the most pervasive, yet preventable environmental health problem in Rhode Island. It is one of the most insidious indicators of environmental injustice – children of color continue to have alarming rates of poisoning. Over the years, the Childhood Lead Action Project has come to be recognized as a leading education and information resource by the community and as a catalyst for social change.

CLAP Lead Hazard Reduction Program

CLAP Training for Property Owners, Contractors, Tenants, and Social Service Providers 

RI Housing LeadSafe Homes Program provides forgivable loans to cover the costs associated with addressing lead paint problems and other unsafe conditions. 


Mental Health

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Helpline: 1-800-273-8255

SPRC also provides support for Zero Suicide, an initiative based on the foundational belief that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable. The initiative provides information, resources, and tools for safer suicide care.

Samaritans of Rhode Island Crisis Hotline: (401) 272-4044

Within the belief that suicide is generally preventable, the mission of The Samaritans is to help reduce the incidents of suicide in Rhode Island through greater access to information and resources.  To achieve this mission, The Samaritans recognizes that suicide prevention is a process involving many community resources.  As an agency that is not a licensed health care facility, The Samaritans believes its role within the suicide prevention process works best when volunteers, those left behind by suicide and other volunteer and professional stakeholders step forward to: Work to eliminate the stigma associated with the topic of suicide prevention and grief support, provide access to information and resources, advocate for programs and services that enhance public awareness, peer to peer volunteerism and community service in direct support of those who are lonely, depressed, and suicidal or grieving the loss of someone by suicide and greater mental health services for everyone affected by suicide, embrace “befriending” and nonjudgmental listening as the means for communicating and connecting with those affected by suicide.



RI Smokers' Quitline  1-800-784-8669

The Rhode Island Smokers’ Helpline is the state's Quitline, which is a free evidence-based service that provides multi-session telephone counseling, provides quit tips, quit self-help materials, and referral to other quit smoking services in RI. Any individual in RI seeking to quit smoking can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). 

Format: Multi-session telephone counseling 
Eligibility: Any RI resident

Cost: Free

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

Community-based, recreational exercise program that includes gentle, joint-safe exercises developed specifically for people with arthritis to help relieve stiffness, decrease arthritis pain, and improve balance. The low-impact exercises can be done while sitting, standing, or on the floor. Group sessions led by certified instructors meet for 1 hour, twice a week for 6 weeks at various locations throughout the state. 

Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) with arthritis

Cost: Varies from $0 to $45 by site offering program
Contact:Rebecca Farnloff


Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program

Helps people living with arthritis reduce pain and increase balance and walking pace and helps people without arthritis make walking a regular habit. Group sessions with a certified leader meet for 6 weeks, 3 times per week at various locations throughout the state. 

Target Audience: Anyone who can be on their feet for 10 minutes without increased pain

Cost: Varies from $0 to $15 and usually includes the cost of a book
Contact:Rebecca Farnloff

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