"I hope behavioral health becomes a higher priority. Too many Rhode Islanders suffer in silence or denial, or access mental health or substance use care in emergency rooms rather than in primary care and community mental health settings. With significant marked increases in alcohol use and depressive disorders during the pandemic, we are further constrained by critical workforce shortages. My hope is that our state quickly allocates additional funding and resources so we can help those in need."
-- Rebecca Plonsky, LICSW, Integrated Healthcare Partners
“My hopes for Rhode Island’s healthcare priorities are for continued development of comprehensive patient-centered care, regardless of insurance status, for all Rhode Islanders. I also hope that Rhode Island can remain a leader in innovation around a healthcare system that reflects both patients’ needs and providers’ wellbeing."
-- Sarah Fessler, MD, East Bay Community Action Program