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Cumberland, North Smithfield & Lincoln Prevention Coalitions

Communicating with you, so together, we can promote a safe and healthy drug free environment.

November 2018

And just like "THAT"...the holidays are upon us! We hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! The holidays can certainly be stressful (not only for adults, but for children, as well)....We urge you to take some time from the "hustle and bustle" and enjoy the beauty of the holiday season.


Don't wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving!” -Charmaine J. Forde

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"It's the most wonderful time of year....."

The Town of North Smithfield is proudly sponsoring the annual "Holiday on the Common" on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018, from 4:30-6:30pm, at the Slatersville Congregational Church.

Please join us for this FREE, fun-filled family event! Enjoy festive music by the North Smithfield Jazz Band, Caroling by the NS Girl Scouts, the lighting of the Town Holiday Tree, visit from Santa (great photo opportunity!), light refreshments and crafts for the kids!

This is annual evening is always a wonderful community event.....we hope you can join us!

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Drug Take Back Day: Success!

Rhode Islanders joined Americans nationwide to do their part to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the DEA 4,364lbs - of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to 36 collection points across the state on National Drug Take Back Day on October 28th, 2018. That’s a fifty-percent increase over last year’s collection. Nationwide more than 5,839 local and tribal law enforcement partners collected a record-setting 914,236 pounds—457.12 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,839 collection sites. .

Cumberland residents disposed of 251lbs & Lincoln collected 164lbs of unwanted/expired medications! The next drug take-back day will be held in the spring.


REMINDER: Lincoln and Cumberland are both equipped with 24/7 drop off boxes in the police stations!

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WHAT IS BH LINK?

The Behavioral Health Link (BH Link) is designed to provide immediate assistance to a person in crisis by providing innovative crisis intervention services, and connecting people to ongoing treatment and care. Services are provided by our professional team of registered nurses, counselors, psychiatrists, phone screeners, and peer specialists. Our clinicians will listen to clients’ concerns and take the necessary steps to get people through their crisis, and help make connections to longer term services if needed.

Primary components:

  • BH Link Hotline, (414-LINK; 414-5465): a one-stop, statewide 24/7 call-in center that connects people to appropriate care and resources, when they or someone they care about is experiencing a behavioral healthcare crisis

  • BH Link Triage Center: a 24/7 community-based walk-in/drop-off facility where clinicians connect people to immediate, stabilizing emergency behavioral health services, and long-term care and recovery supports

    WHY BH LINK

    • Provides immediate access to behavioral healthcare in a community-based, 24/7 facility

    • Ensures stability, provides seamless transfer to ongoing care, and reduces unnecessary use of hospital-based services

    • Delivers better, more cost-effective behavioral healthcare in Rhode Island.

  • For more information, click HERE!

Interested in becoming a member of the Cumberland, Lincoln or North Smithfield Prevention Coalition?

Interested in finding out or becoming a member of the Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition? Please join us for our monthly meeting!

(For Lincoln Residents) Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30pm, Lincoln Police Department

(For Cumberland Residents) Tuesday, January 15th at 4:00pm, McCourt Middle School

(For North Smithfield Residents) Thursday, January 24th at 2:00pm, NS High School

Please join us & learn how YOU can be a part of prevention for the community!


Please watch our Facebook page, Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition, for more exciting news!