RICARES

R.I. Cares About Recovery

RICARES is a grassroots effort focused on creating a socially just community for all Rhode Islanders impacted by substance use disorder. We approach stigma like a crossroads, with a lens to advocate for change.

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RICARES Celebrates 20 Years in Recovery!!!

  Link to RICARES Eventbrite website  

Program Areas


Recovery Housing

RICARES has three core program areas: Advocacy, Education, and Recovery Housing Certification. While the core of our mission is advocacy and education, we are highlighting the recovery housing certification program here for recovery housing Owners/Operators.

Certification Application

This link will take you straight to the RHC Application process.

Application Process

File a Grievance

This link will take you straight to the Grievance process and form.

Grievance Process

Certified House List

This link will take you to the list of Certified Recovery Houses.

Certified House List

Get Involved


RICARES became the Rhode Island Recovery Community Organization (RCO) in 1998. Our seed money came from a federal agency, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA. SAMHSA drove the RCO initiative throughout New England. 13 years later RICARES received our 501 c3 a ruling from the IRS.

As an RCO, it is a guiding principle that our organizations are made up of people in recovery, allies of recovery, and family and friends of people in recovery. At RICARES, we believe we are all one community.

Over the last 19 years, many partners, agencies, and talented leaders have come together to support and sustain us. We all work to challenge the stigma that prevents communities from recovering. Learn how you can make a difference.

RICARES Report on Harm Reduction: Drug Policy


We are all aware of the present tension in our state between a movement toward drug policy liberalization, the resistance toward that movement, and the desire of some to move backwards. 

We know that changes in national policies often begin at the local/state level.

We can continue to act. RICARES Report on Harm Reduction: Drug Policy is available to the public.