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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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 Stigma


Rhode Island is 5th in the nation for opioid overdose deaths. RICARES believes that the recovery community needs to be vocal about solutions. It is our responsibility to educate the public and policy makers about recovery. We traveled Rhode Island listening to stories of recovery. We drafted questions and held focus groups. Our first report to the public was released in June of 2017. We released our 2nd report to the Community in November 2017. Our 3rd Community report was released in January 2018.

Rally 4 Recovery


An annual tradition for Rhode Island! The Rally 4 Recovery celebrates National Recovery Month. Every September participants come together to raise awareness for substance use and mental illness. The 2018 Rally is September 15th at 2 pm. The location is Roger Williams Memorial in Providence. There is live music! A DJ! This is a family friendly event with activities for kids. Free food and drinks are supplied.

RICARES Welcomes, and honors, all paths to recovery: We do not believe that abstinence is the only pathway to recovery. All are welcome here.