Task Force Work Groups


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

Work groups meet on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and are always accepting 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 (RIDOH)
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 Ryan Erickson (BHDDH)
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 Taveras (RIDOH) Dennis Bailer, Project Weber/RENEW
Nya Reichley, Project Weber/RENEW
Substance Exposed Newborn (SEN) Margo Katz (RIDOH)
Kristy Whitcomb (RIDOH)
Family Task Force Trisha Suggs (BHDDH) Laurie MacDougall, Resources Education Support Together (REST) Family Program at Rhode Island Community for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES)

The Family Task Force 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Rhode Island Task Force to Support Pregnant and Parenting Families with Substance-Exposed Newborns is comprised of State agencies and community-based organizations who are collectively committed to the vision of coordinated systems of bias- and discrimination-free care to improve the health and well-being of women, families, and infants affected by substance use. Key initiatives include an annual statewide conference, management of the federally-mandated Plan of Safe Care, and development of a strategic plan that will, for the next three years, focus the work of the Task Force on four key priorities: Education, Coordination, Access, and Data.


Last updated: Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 at 1:37PM