Presentation Archive

Below you can find an archive of past Governor’s Task Force presentations.
For detailed meeting notes, please visit the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s website.

July 2020

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  • Fatal Overdoses in Rhode Island: First Quarter of 2020
  • The Benefits of Telehealth in Behavioral Health
  • Legislative Update

June 2020

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  • COVID-19 Homeless Response
  • Providence Safe Stations
  • Health Communities Office
  • Downtown Overdose Overview

May 2020

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  • COVID-19 SAMHSA Grant
  • Buprenorphine Hotline
  • Health Equity Zones Updates
  • Opioid Prevention During COVID

April 2020

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  • 2019 Fatal Overdoses in Rhode Island: Data Highlights
    Rachel Scagos, MPH; Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Strategic Response: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic
    Linda Mahoney, CAADC, CCS, Administrator II; Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH)
  • Community Outreach During COVID-10
    Sarah Edwards, CPRS, Statewide Outreach Manager; Parent Support Network
  • Project Weber/RENEW COVID-19 Harm Reduction Response
    Dennis Bailer, Overdose Prevention Program Director; Project Weber/RENEW and Co-Chair, Cross-Cutting Working Group for Racial Equity
    Lily Rivera, Assistant Director; Project Weber/RENEW and Co-Chair; Cross-Cutting Working Group for Racial Equity

February 2020
  • Task Force Strategic Plan Metrics: Recovery Pillar Spotlight
    Kimberly Paull, MPH; Director, Data and Analytics, Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)
  • Rhode Island’s Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) Initiative
    Jonathan Goyer; Director, RFW Initiative
  • Vulnerable Populations: Building Social Connectedness
    Linda Mahoney, CAADC, CCS, Administrator II; Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH)
    Christine Harkins, MA, CCJP, CI, FIS, President and CEO; Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services
    Dennis Bailer, Overdose Prevention Program Director; Project Weber/RENEW and Co-Chair, Cross-Cutting Working Group for Racial Equity
    Lily Rivera, Assistant Director; Project Weber/RENEW and Co-Chair; Cross-Cutting Working Group for Racial Equity
    Stacy Perin, LICSW, QMHP; The Providence Center School and Anchor Learning Academy

January 2020


December 2019
  • Rhode Island Census 2020 (presenter: Galen Auer)
  • It’s OK not to be OK (presenters: Lori Needham and John Methia)
  • Rhode Island Medicaid Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Enrollment Analysis (presenters: Kim Paull)

November 2019
  • Community Overdose Engagement (CODE): Phase 3 (presenter: Lauren Conkey, MPH)
  •, Rhode Island’s Drug Overdose Dashboard: 2019 Visual and Content Refresh (presenter: Brandon Marshall, PhD)
  • Expanding Employment and Housing Opportunities for Individuals in Recovery (presenters: Sarah Bramblet and Chris Tanguay)
  • BHDDH: Recovery House Progress (presenter: Linda Mahoney, CAADC, CS)
  • Drug Overdose Prevention Mini-Grants: 2019 Projects in Review (presenters: Dahianna Lopez, MSN, MPH, PhD and Gina DeLuca, BS)

October 2019
  • Data Trend Update: Accidental Overdose Deaths in Rhode Island (presenters: Rachel Scagos, MPH; Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH)
  • Rhode Island Overdose Response Strategy: Overview of Seized Drugs (presenters: Bryan Volpe and Thomas Chadronet; Rhode Island Fusion Center, New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area)
  • Rhode Island State Police (presenter: Colonel James M. Manni, Rhode Island Department of Public Safety)

September 2019
  • Rhode Island Behavioral Health Communications Campaigns: The Statewide Conversation on Behavioral Health Team (presenter: Ashley O’Shea, MBA)
  • An Overdose Doesn’t Mean It’s Over: Naloxone and Opioid Public Awareness Campaign (presenter: Niki Brazier, NAIL Communications)
  • Communications and Marketing Strategy for BHLINK
  • East Bay Recovery Center
  • ANCHOR Recovery Community Programs
  • Hope Recovery Centers of Washington and Newport Counties
  • Serenity Center
  • CODAC Rhode to Health Mobile Medical Clinic (presenter: Mary Walton)

August 2019
  • 2018 Rhode Island Municipality Overdose Report (presenter: Leanne Lasher, MPH)
  • Rhode Island’s State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) Data July 2016 – June 2018 (presenter: Rachel Scagos, MPH)
  • Rhode Island Department of Corrections (presenter: Patricia A. Coyne-Fague, Esq., Director)

July 2019
  • Rhode Island Levels of Care Implementation Update (presenter: Elizabeth Samuels, MD, MPH, MHS)
  • Number Needed to Harm (NNH) from Opioid Prescribing (presenter: Luke Barré, MD, MPH)
  • Briefing on Substance Use Disorder (SUD)-Related Legislation in 2019 (presenters: Sen. Josh Miller & Rep. John Edwards )

June 2019
  • What are “Co-Occurring Disorders?” (presenter: Brian Daly, MD)
  • Behavioral Health: Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits (presenter: Samara Viner-Brown, MS)
  • Strengthening Behavioral Healthcare In Rhode Island (presenter: Ryan Erickson)

May 2019
  • The Truth About Opioids Rhode Island Pilot (presenter: Elizabeth C. Hair)
  • Grands Flourish (presenter: Magdalena Andreozzi)
  • BHDDH: Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Healthcare (PIPBHC) Grant (presenter: Erin McCollum)

April 2019
  • Fatal Overdoses in Rhode Island: Data Highlights (presenter: Nicole Alexander-Scott)
  • Over the Dose RI: An Evidence-Based Public Awareness Campaign to Reduce the Misuse of Opioid Prescription Pain Medications
  • Regional Prevention Task Force Coalitions: Updates

March 2019
  • Data Update: Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s Strategic Plan Refresh for Rhode Island Opioid Response 2019-2021
  • Opioid Use Disorders and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Eliminating Discriminatory Barriers to Treatment and Recovery
  • Updates: Federal Grant Funding to Rhode Island for Opioid Crisis Response
  • Heroin-Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) Initiative
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (FR-CARA) First Responders Project to Combat Opioid Overdose in Rhode Island

February 2019
  • Anchor Recovery Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Programs: 2018 Outcomes of Anchor Recovery Center
  • BHDDH Review: State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant, New Programs and Continuing Initiatives (presenter: Linda Mahoney, CAADC, CS)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Public Health Opioid Overdose Crisis Response Supplemental Fund (SURGE) Overview (presenter: Lauren Conkey, MPH)

January 2019
  • Rhode Island’s State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) Data (presenter: Rachel Scagos)
  • Behavioral Health Link (BH Link) (presenters: Jim Ryczek, Corinna Roy, Kristy Moles)
  • Anchor ED: An Analysis Using Nearest Neighbor Matching (presenters: Gabriela Arredondo-Santisteban, Joshua Cambria)


December 2018
  • Strategic Plan Update
  • Fentanyl, Overdose, And Medication Assisted Treatment: Hearing From People Who Use Drugs (presenter: Michelle McKenzie, MPH)
  • Highlighting Successes: Rhode Island Department of Health Drug Overdose Prevention Mini-Grant Projects
  • Strong Arms Support Group (presenters: Kate Tokarski, LICSW, APS & Terri Censabella, MA, CPS, ACDP, CMS Prevention)
  • CODAC Music for Recovery
  • Crossroads: Naloxone Training and Intervention Program
  • Update: Rhode Island Recovery Housing Initiatives (presenter: Linda Mahoney, CAADC, CS)

November 2018
  • Strategic Plan Update
  • EOHHS Data Ecosystem: Child Maltreatment Prevention Project
  • RIServes: Transforming Service Delivery for Rhode Island’s Veterans, Transitioning Service Members, and Their Families

October 2018
  • Update on Overdose Deaths in Rhode Island Communities (presenter: Brandon Marshall, PhD)
  • Draft Update: Outlining Strategies and Actions through December 2021 (presenters: Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Rebecca Boss, Tom Coderre)
  • Metric Development for Strategic Plan (presenter: Kim Paull)
  • Update on Federal Grants (presenter: Tom Coderre)

September 2018
  • Rally4Recovery Month (presenter: Linda Mahoney)
  • Pharmacy Based Naloxone, MOON Study (presenter: Traci Green, PhD & Janette Baird, PhD)
  • Naloxone Co-Prescribing: Background, Policies and Data (presenter: Jeffrey Bratberg, PharmD)
  • Fentanyl Test Strips, information and demonstration (presentation by RICARES)

August 2018
  • Truth Campaign updates
  • Community Conversation: Rhode Island’s Insurers
  • Community Conversation: Rhode Island’s Pharmacies

July 2018
  • Community Overdose Engagement (CODE) Summit: Review and Next Steps
  • Communities Coming Together: Rhode Island State Agency Response to the Overdose Crisis
  • DCYF: Current State / Data Regarding Families and Substance Use, Pivot to Prevention

June 2018
  • Increases in Rhode Island Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths: Fentanyl and Cocaine-related Deaths
  • 2018 Data Overview: Rhode Island Department of Health 48-hour Overdose Reporting System (presenter: Jennifer Farfalla, MPH)
  • Rhode Island Multidisciplinary Review of Overdose Death Evaluation (MODE) Team: May 2018 Report
  • Recovery Through Opportunity: Governor Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force
  • Rhode Island Department of Education Efforts to Address the Opioid Epidemic (presenter: Rosemary Reilly Chammat, EdD)
  • Public Awareness Campaign Overview: The Truth About Opioids

May 2018
  • PreventOverdoseRI: Data and Metric Overview (presenter: Brandon Marshall, PhD)
  • Prevention, Rescue, Treatment, and Recovery Strategy Work Groups: Accomplishments
  • Cross-Cutting Strategies: Substance-Exposed Newborn Task Force, First Responders Work Group, Harm Reduction Work Group, Family Task Force

April 2018
  • Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Development Disabilities & Hospitals: BH Link
  • The HOPE Initiative (presenter: Cpt. Matthew C. Moynihan)
  • Providence Safe Stations: Data Update (presenter: Chief Zachariah Kenyon)

March 2018
  • 2018 Task Force Theme: Communities Coming Together
  • Polysubstance Use in Non-Fatal Overdose Data (presenter: Tracy L. Jackson, PhD)
  • Recent Trends in Substances Found to be Contributory to Overdose in Rhode Island (presenter: Brandon Marshall, PhD)
  • Multidisciplinary Review of Drug Overdose Death Evaluation (MODE) Team: March 2018 Report (presenter: Brandon Marshall, PhD)
  • The Campaign to Change Direction (presenter: Teresa Paiva Weed)

February 2018
  • Rhode Island Department of Corrections Medication Assisted Treatment Expansion: Progress and Results (presenter: Jennifer Clarke, MD, MPH)
  • Rhode Island Recovery Support Services (presenter: Lisa Mahoney, LCAADC, RCS)
  • RICares: Certification Process
  • Rhode Island’s Opioid Treatment Program Health Homes (presenter: Susan A. Storti, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CARN-AP)

January 2018
  • 48-hour Overdose Reporting System Data, 2017 (presenter: Meghan McCormick, MPH)
  • Rhode Island Task Force to Support Pregnant and Parenting Families with Substance-Exposed Newborns (SEN Task Force)
  • PROJECT DOVE: Improving Maternal and Neonatal Health Through Safer Opioid Prescribing
  • The Family Task Force: Saving Lives, Ending Stigma (presenter: Lisa Conlan Lewis)


December 2017
  • Progress Update: Executive Order 17-07 Taking Further Actions to Address the Opioid Crisis
  • Rhode Island’s Multidisciplinary Review of Overdose Deaths Evaluation Team (MODE): Update on Project Activities (presenter: Traci Green, PhD, MSc)
  • Opioid Addiction & Medication Assisted Treatment at Care New England
  • Community Care Alliance: Opioid Center of Excellence
  • Pain Solutions at the CODAC Centers of Excellence for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (presenter: Linda Hurley)

November 2017
  • Closing Health Information Gaps (presenter: Karen Sax McLoughlin)
  • Levels of Care for Rhode Island Emergency Departments and Hospitals for Treating Overdose and Opioid Use Disorder (presenter: Elizabeth Samuels, MD, MPH)
  • Tracking Overdose Metrics on PreventOverdoseRI (presenter: Brandon Marshall, PhD)

October 2017
  • Erasing the Stigma (presenter: Rebecca Boss, Sharon Morello)

September 2017
  • Naloxone Administration Data (presenter: Meghan McCormick, MPH)
  • Naloxone Community Distribution Models (presenter: Michelle McKenzie, MPH), NaloxBoxes
  • Naloxone and Overdose Prevention Education Program of Rhode Island

August 2017
  • 48-hour Overdose Reporting System Data (Q2) (presenter: Meghan McCormick, MPH)
  • Thundermist Local Plan to Impact Rhode Island’s Opioid Overdose Epidemic (presenter: Susan Jacobsen, MA, LMHC, CCM)
  • Overview: State Targeted Response Grant (presenter: Michelle Brophy, MS)

July 2017
  • Action Plan Metrics overview
  • (SRI) Work Group: Rapid Response Efforts (presenter: James McDonald, MD, MPH)