Task Force Work Groups

 

Are you interested in getting involved with Task Force-related efforts?


Task Force work groups meet on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and are always welcoming new volunteers. To learn more, contact a representative from one of the organizations below.


 

Task Force Work Groups State Co-Chair Community Co-Chair
Prevention James Rajotte (EOHHS)
Elizabeth Farrar (BHDDH)
Obed Papp, City of Providence Healthy Communities Office
Rescue Jennifer Koziol, (RIDOH) Michelle McKenzie, Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention (PONI)
Harm Reduction Katie Howe (RIDOH) Katelyn Case, AIDS Care Ocean State
Treatment Linda Mahoney (BHDDH) Dr. Susan Hart
Recovery Linda Mahoney (BHDDH) Ines Garcia, East Bay Recovery Center
First Responder Carolina Roberts-Santana (RIDOH) Chief John Silva, North Providence Fire Department
Racial Equity Monica Tavares (RIDOH) Dennis Bailer, Project Weber/RENEW
Alexis Morales, Project Weber/RENEW
Substance Exposed Newborn (SEN) Margo Katz (RIDOH)
Kristy Whitcomb (RIDOH)
Michelle Sherman, South County Home Health First Connections Program
Family Work Group Trisha Suggs (BHDDH) Laurie MacDougall, Resources Education Support Together (REST) Family Program at Rhode Island Community for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES)


Family Work Group

When: Monthly, 2nd Tues., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meeting times are subject to change – email the Task Force Work Group Chair to confirm meeting times.
Where: Zoom Meeting [click here to join].

The Family Work Group is a group of active and informed family members of youth, young adults, and adults who have or have had opioid and/or a substance use disorder and are now raising public awareness, educating, and advocating for policy reform.


First Responder Work Group

When: Every Other Month 3rd Thurs., 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Meeting times are subject to change – email the Task Force Work Group Chair to confirm meeting times.
Where: Zoom Meeting [click here to join].

The First Responder Work Group is dedicated to promoting an exchange of actionable information between police, fire, EMS and public health by providing access to certain law enforcement, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and public health data with the intention of providing a discussion mechanism for all partners.


Harm Reduction Work Group

When: Monthly 2nd Tues, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Meeting times are subject to change – email the Task Force Work Group Chair to confirm meeting times.
Where: Microsoft Team Meeting[click here to join].

The Harm Reduction Work Group develops and evaluates strategies for helping people who use drugs to avoid some of the health and social challenges associated with drug use. The group supports approaches that connect people at high risk of death, overdose, or other urgent physical or social danger with supportive services, networks, and resources that reduce this risk.


Prevention Strategy Work Group

When: Monthly 1st Tues, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Meeting times are subject to change – email the Task Force Work Group Chair to confirm meeting times.
Where: Zoom Meeting [click here]

The mission of the Prevention Strategy Work Group is to prevent overdoses, overdose deaths, and opioid misuse by identifying, developing, and evaluating multi-level strategies and interventions. The Prevention Strategy work group is a collaboration of state and community partners.


Rescue Strategy Work Group

When: Every Other Month 2nd Thurs, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Meeting times are subject to change – email the Task Force Work Group Chair to confirm meeting times.
Where: Zoom Meeting [click here to join].

The mission of the Rescue Strategy Work Group is to ensure that the overdose reversal medicine, naloxone, is available and accessible to all populations with a focus on those individuals who are most vulnerable and underserved. Additionally, the Rescue Strategy Work Group works collaboratively with local partners to identify diverse and sustainable funding for a naloxone supply in all Rhode Island communities.


Racial Equity Work Group

When: Monthly Last Thurs., 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Meeting times are subject to change – email the Task Force Work Group Chair to confirm meeting times.
Where: Zoom Meeting [click here to join]

The Racial Equity Work Group is a coalition of healthcare professionals, State agency administrators, community leaders and advocates, peers, activists, and government representatives that are also involved in statewide overdose prevention and intervention efforts. This work group seeks to address racial equity in healthcare, advocate for criminal justice and legislative reforms, and increase the diversity in leadership roles in the 10 working groups across the Task Force Overdose Prevention Strategic Plan, and empower members to bring a racial equity lens to all other work groups of the Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force.


Recovery Strategy Work Group

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month 10:30- 11:30 am. Meeting times are subject to change – email the Task Force Work Group Chair to confirm meeting times.
Where: Microsoft Teams Meeting [click here to join].

The Recovery Strategy Work Group is a centralized location for recovery supporters of all types to share community resources to build statewide recovery capital. As one of the four main pillars, the Recovery Work Group’s primary goal has been to address the growing need and capacity for peer recovery support services. Successful community and individual recovery nurtures the individual’s health, home, community, and purpose regardless of race, ethnicity, age, class, or gender.


Substance-Exposed Newborns (SEN) Work Group

When: Monthly 2nd Tues., 2 p.m.–3 p.m. Meeting times are subject to change – email the Task Force Work Group Chair to confirm meeting times.
Where: Microsoft Teams [click here to join].

The Rhode Island Work Group to Support Pregnant and Parenting Families with Substance-Exposed Newborns (SEN) is committed to improving a discrimination- and bias-free system of care that supports the bio-psycho-social health and well-being of pregnant and parenting people who use substances and their substance exposed newborns.


Treatment Strategy Work Group

When: 1st Tuesday of the month 10:30- 11:30 am. Meeting times are subject to change – email the Task Force Work Group Chair to confirm meeting times.
Where: Microsoft Teams Meeting [click here to join].

The Treatment Strategy Work Group is a multidisciplinary group of individuals who gather to review timely overdose related data in order to identify tends and patterns to increase access to quality treatment and decrease barriers related to discrimination and stigma . As one of the four main pillars, the Treatment Work Group’s primary goal has been to address the core initiative which has been to increase access to medications that support recovery for individuals who have an opioid use disorder.


Last updated: Wednesday, March 30th, 2022