Mental Health Hearings Begin Thursday At Statehouse

Sep 14, 2016

Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A series of hearings about the state of mental health care kicks off Thursday at the Statehouse. Lawmakers are concerned about gaps in the system.

Cranston Senator Josh Miller says he hopes to hold at least four hearings about mental health services in Rhode Island.

“And we hope to hear from providers and patients about the needs that aren’t being met, where those needs are, and what we can do either legislatively or departmentally to better meet some of those needs.”

Miller says the state lacks providers and facilities to help some of the most vulnerable Rhode Islanders. He says a recent independent report found a shortage of mental health professionals for adolescents and a rise in suicides.