New R.I. law expands support for overdose, mental health patients

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY recently passed a law allowing hospitals to contact people close to patients hospitalized for drug overdoses or mental health emergencies. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD
PROVIDENCE – Patients hospitalized in Rhode Island for an overdose or mental health emergency may now receive further support after their discharge, thanks to a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. The new law allows hospitals to contact patients’ emergency contact and a certified peer recovery specialist in some situations, aligning…

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