Opioids dependency is devastating communities across Rhode Island and is of particular concern in the construction industry, where physical work can lead to injury and prescription opioids can lead to dependency.

Building Futures’ strategy is two-fold. Our training, RI Opioids Crisis: Our Response. Our Recovery, is empowering workers and leaders, in construction and beyond, with information and skills to address the opioids crisis and substance abuse. At the same time, through our Apprenticeship RI initiative, we are partnering with community based employers to register and sponsor new apprenticeship programs for Community Health Workers and Peer Recovery Specialists.

Registered Apprenticeship is critical to both strategies. In building & construction, Registered Apprenticeship provides a ready made training structure for new industry workers and for journeyworkers involved in their training. In service provider agencies, Registered Apprenticeship creates a path for Rhode Island to the gain certified, well-trained workforce we need to address the opioids crisis.

Our Training Strategy

Our training aligns with Governor Raimondo’s Task Force Prevent Overdose RI.


  • Prevent injury
  • Use safely when prescribed
  • Promote Mental Wellness


  • Access treatment
  • Gain skills to talk to a co-worker or loved one about getting help


  • Create a recovery friendly environment
  • Learn substance free coping & relaxation skills


  • Learn rescue ventilation
  • Learn how to access & administer Narcan/Naloxone

RI Opioids Crisis: Our Response. Our Recovery. was developed in partnership with the RI Building & Construction Trades Council and the RI Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America. Together with our partners, we are helping construction workers, unions, and contractors address substance abuse the opioids crisis.

RI Opioids Crisis: Our Response. Our Recovery. is made possible through the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training’s Recovery Through Opportunity grant.

The training has been adopted for youth and adult audiences outside of construction and can be adapted for any audience and any industry or setting. The training is offered free of charge for all audiences. To schedule a training or to learn more, contact Jill Treacy, Health Initiatives Manager at Building Futures. Email Jill at jtreacy@bfri.org.

Contact Jill Treacy to Learn More About Training


Download, save, or take a screen shot of the cell phone resource cards, designed to provide training participants with easy access to information and resources. If you or someone in your life is struggling with dependency or mental health issues, help is available.

24/7 confidential support is available at BH Link.

Call 401-414-LINK (5465)

BH Link helps Rhode Islanders experiencing mental health and substance use crises receive needed services.