RICARES is a grassroots effort focused on creating a socially just community for all Rhode Islanders impacted by substance use. We approach stigma with an intersectional lens and advocate for change.


We envision a community where Rhode Islanders have improved their health and wellness. Where every person is given the resources and services they need to succeed, to live a self-directed life, and to reach their full potential.

Our Values

We believe that healthy communities have the infrastructure for all members to succeed.


We hold ourselves to the highest professional
standards.  We act ethically in our business decisions.
We hold  ourselves to the National Accreditation
standard for RCO’s.


Our lived experiences guide our organizational
culture: respect of our unique stories, and a
collective push of systemic change.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

No one person is the same. We believe recovery is as
unique as people. Everyone deserves to access
recovery. Everyone deserves the same resources
to sustain recovery. We want everyone to participate.
We want everyone to succeed. We celebrate every
pathway to recovery.

Evidence Based

We’re committed to using the best available
research evidence and to produce our own
results that are measurable.

Innovation & Connection

We create new ways to recover-y
everywhere we go.

Interdisciplinary & Collaborative

We rely on the expertise ofour community.

Mutual Respect

We model acceptance and dignity in
all our affairs.


We take RICARES seriously, we know you do too. We honor our donors and volunteers’ generosity while working to
accomplish our mission.

“My belief is in the chaos of the world and that you have to find your peace within the chaos and that you still have to find some sort of mission.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates

How We Engage

 Create additional opportunities for all Rhode Islanders to access recovery.

We bring impactful opportunities to people so they can recognize their personal contributions to Rhode Island communities.

Create healthy and whole communities that support recovery efforts for all Rhode Islanders.

Lead and collaborate with stakeholders increasing overall recovery capital.

We keep people alive so they can recover.



 RICares’s annual budget is approximately $750,000 annually. Most of our funding comes from government contracts through the US Deparment of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. The remainder of our funding is donated from individual community members, faith communities, local businesses, and foundations.