Progress Made on Bills Impacting Thousands
People impacted by S0782 & H5987 made their voice heard on Thursday. These bills impact over 100,000 Rhode Islanders including:
People with disabilities
Children and families
People with behavioral health conditions and substance abuse
Progress was made as the House and Senate Finance Committees heard from people impacted by this legislation.
Testimony in the Senate Finance Committee Hearing above begins around the 2 hour and 24 minutes mark.
THESE BILLS MATTER
"We have been short staffed before, but now we are at a point where children cannot get the services they are entitled to receive. I receive daily phone calls from parents crying...they have no support because we can't find staff."
-Marissa Ruff, Seven Hills Foundation Vice President
"We try to create better lives for the families we serve, but we can't afford to survive comfortable on our own."
-Devin Malki, Child and Family
AN INVESTMENT IN FRONTLINE WORKERS IS AN INVESTMENT IN
PROVIDERS WHICH MEANS PEOPLE GET THE SUPPORT THEY NEED.
Testimony in the House Finance Committee Hearing above begins around the 2 hour and 24 minutes mark. Rep. Julie Casimiro introduces the bill around the 24 minutes mark.