$32.8 M for trauma-informed schools, 988 hotline, mental/behavioral health, more …


Rhode Island’s FY 23 spending plan consists of $30 million for neighborhood behavioral health centers, moneying to develop Mental Health Treatment Court, $1.8 million to develop the 9-8-8 Suicide Avoidance and Mental Health Crisis Hotline, and $1 million for the research study of suicide avoidance barriers.

The Guv will likewise ceremonially sign these expenses today:

  • H6667B ( Agent Marcia Ranglin-Vassell) and S2556A ( Senator Sandra Cano): This legislation directs the commissioner of primary and secondary education to develop a trauma-informed schools application strategy to support the scholastic, behavioral, social and psychological requirements of all trainees.
  • H7501 ( Agent Joseph McNamara) and S2605 ( Senator Alana DiMario): This legislation increases public access to expert mental services by permitting telepsychological practice throughout state lines in addition to short-term in-person, in person services in a state where the psychologist is not accredited to practice psychology.

The occasion was held at Thrive Behavioral Health in Warwick.

Taking Part were:

Guv Dan McKee

Home Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick)

Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston), costs sponsor

Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D-Dist. 5, Providence), costs sponsor

Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket), costs sponsor

Sen. Alana M. DiMario (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown), costs sponsor

Ana Novais, Performing Secretary, Executive Workplace of Health and Person Provider

Richard Charest, Director, Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals

Newport Behavioral Health President and CEO Jamie Lehane

Laurie-Marie Pisciotta, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island r eacted to these efforts– “We are grateful to Guv McKee and the General Assembly for buying our behavioral health care system. Undoubtedly, numerous lives will be conserved, which deserves commemorating. Nevertheless, we can not construct a complete continuum of care without raising Medicaid and industrial insurance providers’ compensation rates for outpatient behavioral doctor. We hope our leaders will prioritize this in 2023. Rhode Islanders are suffering on waitlists for each level of care.”

To check out the information of the legislation, click the blue links, above.