The Task Force

“We have a single focus in this work: Save lives.”
Governor Gina Raimondo

Governor Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force sets an ambitious goal to reduce opioid overdose deaths by one-third within three years. In July 2017, the Governor signed an Executive Order that enhances the existing strategies of the Task Force’s Action Plan in the areas of prevention, treatment, rescue and recovery.

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

Upcoming agendas and minutes are posted on the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s website the Friday before each Governor’s Task Force meeting.



Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, 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