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SOLUTION NEEDED: Susan E. Enck, a licensed clinical psychologist at Brown Medicine’s Warwick Primary Care, says the mental health system was near its breaking point before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s in crisis. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pleas to fix R.I.’s ‘broken’ behavioral health system

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, treatment providers, advocates and lawmakers are calling for Rhode Island to confront its problems with access to...
CRUCIAL CHECKUP: Margaret Vargas, right, a dental hygienist with nonprofit CareLink Inc.’s mobile dental clinic, conducts an examination of Sister Anne Kelly at The Villa at Saint Antoine in North Smithfield. The clinic serves 3,000 patients at 53 Rhode Island nursing homes.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Demand for dental care program growing, but funding isn’t

For more than 13 years, CareLink Inc. has traversed Rhode Island with a mobile dentistry practice, serving elderly, low-income patients in nursing homes who...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE has narrowed the lists of individuals being considered for lieutenant governor to five. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

McKee narrows field for lt. gov. to 5

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Wednesday narrowed his finalist list for the position of lieutenant governor to five individuals. About 80 people initially...
BUSY CARETAKER: Victoria Mitchell, a certified nursing assistant at Hopkins Manor in North Providence, says she and her co-workers care for up to 11 patients per shift, bathing, dressing and feeding each one in turn. It is an increase from the eight patients Mitchell used to care for during her morning shift when she began working as a CNA 22 years ago.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Nursing homes care more with less

When she started working as a certified nursing assistant 22 years ago, Victoria Mitchell was assigned about eight patients during her morning shifts. Now, Mitchell...

GA passes bill to streamline regulations for blockchain financial applications

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly has recently approved legislation that would clarify and streamline regulations for financial transactions using blockchain technology. The bill had not...

R.I. State Police speaks about cyberattack prevention in Oct.

PROVIDENCE – Among events for National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October, some featured members of the R.I. State Police Computer Crimes Unit are...
SEN. LOUIS P. DIPALMA (D-Little Compton). / COURTESY STATE OF RHODE ISLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

DiPalma: Education – The key to a better job, better wages...

Education is the key to a better job, better wages, and a better future. The economies of today and tomorrow require a workforce with some...

DiPalma critical of DCYF 12.5% reimbursement cut for child-housing agencies

PROVIDENCE — The state Department of Children, Youth and Families’s proposed 12.5 percent rate reduction for state-contracted child residential housing agencies, the result of...
THE SMALL CELL Siting Act, signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Oct. 5, allows wireless service providers to install equipment on public infrastructure to establish a high-speed 5G network in the state. /COURTESY BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

Raimondo signs law paving way for 5G early adoption

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed into law on Oct. 5 new legislation to pave the way for Rhode Island to become an...
SEN. LOUIS P. DIPALMA (D-Little Compton).

Opinion: DMV computer system upgrade a success for R.I.

Rhode Islanders should take pride in our new, modern motor vehicle computer system. While it has been long time in the making, and it...

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