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§42-7.2-2  Executive office of health and human services. –

Published: 2015

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State Affairs and Government

CHAPTER 42-7.2

Office of Health and Human Services

SECTION 42-7.2-2

   § 42-7.2-2  Executive office of health and

human services. –

There is hereby established within the executive branch of state government an

executive office of health and human services to serve as the principal agency

of the executive branch of state government for managing the departments of

children, youth and families, health, human services, and behavioral

healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals. In this capacity, the

office shall:

   (a) Lead the state's four (4) health and human services

departments in order to:

   (1) Improve the economy, efficiency, coordination, and

quality of health and human services policy and planning, budgeting and


   (2) Design strategies and implement best practices that

foster service access, consumer safety and positive outcomes.

   (3) Maximize and leverage funds from all available public and

private sources, including federal financial participation, grants and awards.

   (4) Increase public confidence by conducting independent

reviews of health and human services issues in order to promote accountability

and coordination across departments.

   (5) Ensure that state health and human services policies and

programs are responsive to changing consumer needs and to the network of

community providers that deliver assistive services and supports on their


   (6) Administer Rhode Island Medicaid in the capacity of the

single state agency authorized under title XIX of the U.S. Social Security act,

42 U.S.C. § 1396a et seq., and exercise such single state agency authority

for such other federal and state programs as may be designated by the governor.

Except as provided for herein, nothing in this chapter shall be construed as

transferring to the secretary the powers, duties or functions conferred upon

the departments by Rhode Island general laws for the management and operations

of programs or services approved for federal financial participation under the

authority of the Medicaid state agency.

History of Section.

(P.L. 2006, ch. 246, art. 38, § 19; P.L. 2007, ch. 73, art. 3, § 1;

P.L. 2009, ch. 68, art. 5, § 1; P.L. 2012, ch. 241, art. 18, § 1;

P.L. 2015, ch. 141, art. 5, § 20.)