The Task Force

“We have a single focus in our work to address the overdose crisis: save lives.”
Governor Gina Raimondo


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Governor Raimondo created the Task Force to address Rhode Island’s addiction and overdose crisis. Task Force meetings are open to the public.

The Task Force meets monthly from 11:00 am-12:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month at the Department of Administration in Conference Room 2A.

Note: From May through September 2017, the Task Force will meet at the Department of Corrections Dix Building (Building #94), located at 18 Wilma Schesler Lane in Cranston, RI. The Dix Building parking lot is open to the public, however, parking is limited. There is a parking lot across the street that typically has plenty of parking. Clearance is not required at the Dix Building.


Co-Chairs

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, Director,
Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH)

Rebecca Boss, MA, Director,
Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH)


Members & Expert Advisors

 

  • Thomas Davis, CVS Pharmacy
  • Representative David Bennett, Rhode Island General Assembly
  • Senator Joshua Miller, Rhode Island General Assembly
  • Taino Palermo, Commission on Health Equity and Advocacy
  • Susan Jacobsen, Director Health Equity Initiatives, Thundermist Health Equity Zones Initiative
  • Dr. Melanie Lippman, Emergency Medicine, Lifespan, Inc.
  • Jane Hayward, Rhode Island Health Center Association
  • Dr. Matthew Collins, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Dr. James McDonald, Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline
  • Peter Ragosta, RPh, Rhode Island Board of Pharmacy
  • Mary Dwyer, Rhode Island Nurses Association
  • Dr. Robert Bartro, Rhode Island Dental Association
  • Dr. Sarah Fessler, Rhode Island Medical Society
  • Mike Rizzi, CODAC, Harm Reduction Representative
  • Nancy DeNuccio, Ocean State Prevention Alliance
  • Erin McDonough, Drug Overdose, Prevention and Rescue Coalition
  • Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, BHDDH Medical Director
  • David Spencer, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association of Rhode Island
  • Michelle McKenzie, Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts
  • Deb Dettor, The Providence Center and Anchor Recovery Community Centers
  • Jef Bratberg, PharmD, University of Rhode Island, Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Chief Brian Sullivan, Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association
  • Dr. Kathleen Hittner, Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner
  • Anya Rader Wallack, Office of Health and Human Services
  • Carol Blanchette, Rhode Island Department of Education
  • Jason Rhodes, Department of Health, Emergency Management Services
  • Dr. Alexander Chirkov, Dr. Patricia Ogera, Department of Health, Medical Examiner’s Office
  • A.T. Wall, Department of Corrections
  • Colonel Anne Assumpico, Rhode Island State Police
  • Peter Kilmartin, Attorney General
  • Dr. Josiah Rich, The Miriam Hospital
  • Traci Green, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine and Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Brandon Marshall, PhD, Brown University School of Public Health
  • Jon Goyer, ANCHOR MORE Program
  • Barbara Goldner, LCSW, Community member
  • Trista Piccola, Department of Children and Families