Shared Living

This residential option for individuals with disabilities provides the opportunity to live in private family homes with dedicated providers.

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Our Approach

Trudeau’s Shared Living program offers a family environment that focuses on individualized and consistent support, and increased community connections for individuals. This type of living arrangement can have a significant positive impact on quality of life for people with disabilities. The consistency of both relationships and routine in a regular family household are just two of the positive and highly desirable features of this model. It is also a wonderful opportunity for residents in our communities to contribute to the care of an individual in their home.

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The Home Matching Process

The relationship between the shared living provider and the individual is the key to a successful experience. Trudeau ensures that providers have the skills needed to support the individuals we serve. The process involves both the individual and their family members in a highly personalized matching process. For many, this is the beginning of a long, and mutually rewarding relationship.

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Eligibility, Placement, and Cost

Trudeau’s Shared Living arrangements are available to Rhode Island adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

If you are a person with a disability or a family member who would like to learn more about Shared Living, please contact the Shared Living Program at (401) 739-2700.

Shared Living is funded and regulated by the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH).

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Become a Shared Living Provider

For individuals and families who are open to sharing their homes and lives with the “right someone,” shared living arrangements provide the opportunity to experience the rewards of making a major positive impact on another person’s life, while also enhancing their household income.

Many successful arrangements have occurred between people who are already acquainted, enjoy one another’s company, and are interested in a Shared Living arrangement.

Because many Shared Living individuals work or volunteer in the community and/or attend a Day Program, many Shared Living providers can continue working outside the home and also have time to enjoy on their own.

There are certain requirements to become a Shared Living provider, including background checks of all adults in the home and certain home safety requirements.

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a Shared Living provider, please contact the Trudeau Shared Living program at (401) 739-2700.

Ready to get started? Simply complete and return the Shared Living Provider Application.

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Meet the Shared Living Program Leadership

Charlotte Higham

Charlotte Higham

Vice President of Adult Services

Darlene James

Darlene James

Residential Program Director

Program Contact Information and Location

J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center - Main Building

(401) 739-2700


3445 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886

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