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10/25/2021 Media Advisory: Health and Human Services Commission to meet Wednesday
STATE HOUSE – The Special Legislative Commission to Review and Make Recommendations Regarding the Efficient and Effective Administration of Health and Human Services Programs in the State of Rhode Island is scheduled to hold its first meeting Wednesday.

The meeting is scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Senate Lounge on the second floor of the State House. It will include presentations by Jane Hayward, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Health Center Association, and representatives of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The meeting will be televised on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox Channels 15, and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel 15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers. It will also be live streamed at

The 11-member commission, established by a bill (2021-S 0985) sponsored by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Tiverton, Newport), is to review and make recommendations on how to most efficiently and effectively administer health and human services in the state, including the governance structure. The commission is to report its findings to the Senate by March 1.

The commission includes Senator DiPalma; Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence); Sen. Jessica de la Cruz (R-Dist. 23, North Smithfield, Burrillville, Glocester); Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council President and CEO Michael DiBiase; former Rhode Island Health Insurance commissioner Marie Ganim; Matthew Gunnip, president of Local 580, SEIU, AFL-CIO, RI Alliance of Social Service Employees; Tanja Kubas-Meyer, executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families; Elena Nicolella, executive director of the New England States Consortium Systems Organization; Joseph Polisena Jr., Deputy Counsel of Policy in the governor’s office; Tina Spears, government relations director at the Rhode Island Parent Information Network; and Susan A. Storti, President and CEO of the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island.

For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Press Secretary for the Senate
State House Room 112
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558