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Behavioral Medicine at RWMC

When you or a loved one are seeking care for an addiction or behavioral health illness, you want to feel safe and secure. You want to know you are in the hands of experienced medical professionals defined by commitment and compassion. That is why our behavioral medicine program delivers individualized care for anyone seeking help with an addiction or behavioral health issue.

Oftentimes, people with these illnesses have related medical issues. Our programs are located inside Roger Williams Medical Center, which means patients have access to a full range of medical services should the need arise. Knowing their loved ones are being treated in this safe environment gives families invaluable peace of mind.

Our comprehensive behavioral health programs at Roger Williams include:

  • A 15-bed alcohol & drug detoxification unit for patients suffering from alcohol and drug addiction
  • A 12-bed geriatric behavioral health unit serving the mental health needs of patients over 65
  • A 12-bed dual diagnosis unit for patients with acute behavioral health illness and addictive disorders
  • The Addiction Services Center outpatient behavioral health program for patients with alcohol and drug addiction.

Alcohol And Drug Detoxification Program at RWMC


Detoxification can be physically and emotionally demanding. Our addiction experts tailor treatment plans to ensure each patient is safely treated. Under careful medical supervision, adult patients receive daily therapy designed specifically for safe detoxification. Our highly trained physicians, nursing staff and experts ensure patients receive the specialized care needed for a successful recovery.

Patients with serious alcohol and drug problems often carry with them other medical complications. Since we are located within Roger Williams Medical Center, patients in our program can receive help should other issues arise.

Designed to treat both the physiological effects of alcohol abuse and any coexisting medical conditions a patient may have, the Alcohol & Drug Detoxification Program at Roger Williams helps people safely reach recovery. Patients who successfully complete this program can continue their treatment with enrollment in our Day Treatment Program.

Contact Info: Phone: 401-456-2363

Addiction Services Center at RWMC

The Addiction Services Center (ASC) is located on the Roger Williams Medical Center campus at 877 Chalkstone Ave. in Providence, Rhode Island. This integrated outpatient program is designed for people who need a structured support system to achieve early recovery from addiction. The ASC is staffed by a multidisciplinary treatment team including physicians, nurses, and clinicians. We offer a full continuum of services.

Every new patient is seen for an initial assessment in order to identify the best course and level of treatment. We try to schedule initial appointments for all new patients within 3 business days and can often offer same-day appointments.  

Phone: (401) 456-2362

Partial Hospitalization Program at RWMC

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is designed for medically stable individuals who need the structure and intensity of a daily treatment program, but who can return home safely each evening. This multidisciplinary program runs Monday–Friday, 9am-2pm and the average length of stay is 2 weeks, although this varies depending on patient need. This program is designed for patients who have successfully completed inpatient care, or who are otherwise at risk for needing inpatient hospitalization, and are seeking additional treatment and support to aid with recovery. Maintaining sobriety can be as challenging as attaining sobriety. Patients are educated about the recovery process and provided with the tools needed to stay sober.

Our dedicated team is committed to meeting the needs of each patient. The team develops a personalized treatment plan for all patients that includes individual and group therapy, case management, and behavioral health consultation if needed.

Since our Partial Hospitalization Program is located on the Roger Williams Medical Center campus, patients have access to other medical disciplines should the need arise. Partial Hospitalization provides patients with a roadmap that not only directs them to recovery, but also ensures they don't get lost as they maintain their sobriety.

Intensive Outpatient Program at RWMC

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offers group therapy to individuals who need a structured treatment program, but who may not require the intensity of a partial hospitalization program. Patients attend 9 hours of structured group therapy per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am12pm). This program is run by a multidisciplinary team including behavioral health clinicians, nurses, and physicians. behavioral health consultation is also available.

Individual Counseling:

Outpatient counseling is available at the ASC for patients who are best served by weekly or bi-weekly individual counseling. Every patient in our Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs meets with a behavioral health clinician for individual counseling support during the week; our clinicians are also available for ongoing outpatient counseling after completion of the program. 

Early Recovery Group:

The Addiction Services Center at Roger Williams Medical Center offers an Early Recovery Group on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The group is designed to help those in recovery from substance use solidify what they learned in previous treatment programs, practice recovery skills, and gain support from peers also on their recovery journey. The  Early Recovery Group meets every Wednesday at the Addiction Services Center at Roger Williams, 877 Chalkstone Avenue in Providence.                   

This is not a drop-in group. Registration is required. For more information or to join, please call 456-2362. Most insurances accepted. 

Medication Assisted Treatment:

Medications are an important element of treatment for many patients, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies. Patients at the ASC are evaluated, monitored, and treated by our certified addiction medicine physicians who offer Suboxone treatment among other options. MAT is a service available to all patients at the ASC, including patients who are participating in our PHP and IOP.  We do not provide Methadone. 

Case Management:

We have a nurse case manager who can assist with a range of social service needs for patients enrolled in any of our programs.


Referrals can be made Monday – Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm by calling (401) 456-2362. Patients will participate in a brief phone screening and will be asked to have records from the last treatment provider, along with other relevant medical paperwork if necessary, faxed to this office. Our fax # is (401) 456-6744. We accept most insurances.

Hours of Operation

Monday: 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.,  Early Recovery Group meets 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Open access Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: During these hours, you can walk into our offices to speak to a clinician or case manager, or have an assessment by a licensed clinician.

Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit at RWMC 

The decision to seek behavioral health care can be a difficult one. You want to know the care will be comprehensive, sensitive, and individualized. The choice of where to seek care can become even more complicated when the person needing help is a senior citizen.

The twelve-bed Geriatric behavioral health Unit treats the mental and emotional needs of older adults. A team of nursing professionals, physicians, clinicians, and support staff work together to meet the mental health needs of patients over the age of 65. While length of stay can vary according to many factors, the average stay for our patients is usually ten days.

Patients in this unit receive a comprehensive diagnostic, medical, and behavioral health evaluation by our interdisciplinary team, who then create a treatment plan that includes individualized care in a safe and comfortable environment.

The Geriatric behavioral health Unit at Roger Williams addresses the mental and emotional needs of older adults. Our dedicated team of nursing professionals, physicians, clinicians, and support staff work closely together to meet the mental health needs of patients over 65.

Elders admitted to our 12-bed receive a comprehensive diagnostic medical and behavioral health evaluation by our interdisciplinary team, who then create an individualized treatment plan. In this safe and comfortable environment, our geriatric patients receive individualized care and behavioral health short-term treatment. While length of stay can vary according to many factors, the average stay for our patients is usually 10 days.

The fact that the Geriatric behavioral health Unit is located at Roger Williams Medical Center makes it unique in Rhode Island. For patients with both medical and mental health issues, this means treatment is available onsite as opposed to other  behavioral health facilities that must transport patients to an outside hospital should the need arise.

Our team of medical professionals strongly encourages family involvement to ensure patients' needs are addressed from admission through discharge. To ensure care continues after discharge, we offer self-care plans or aftercare plans for patients needing continued at-home care.

Phone: 401-456-2363

Dual Diagnosis Unit at RWMC

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental health illness. The Dual Diagnosis Unit at Roger Williams offers care for both issues in one comprehensive environment.

This twelve-bed unit treats patients with both mental health and substance abuse issues. This is the first unit of its kind located within a general hospital in Rhode Island.

Our treatment team is focused on addressing the needs of patients with acute behavioral health illness and addictive disorders in one coordinated environment. Following a comprehensive evaluation of patient's behavioral health and medical status, our interdisciplinary team devises an individualized treatment plan.

Our unit is distinct in that we are located within an acute care hospital setting. That means patients suffering from more than one condition can receive a wide range of treatment in one safe place. This innovative program provides a therapeutic milieu and intensive treatment program for patients with both medical and mental health issues.

By offering 24-hour intensive nursing and medical supervision, family and care providers can be assured that patients are receiving necessary treatment for each of their illnesses. When treatment for both mental health issues and addictions is required, the Dual Diagnosis Unit at Roger Williams is the premiere source for comprehensive, innovative treatment.

Phone: 401-456-2363