Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Colonel Ann Assumpico Announce $50,000 Grant for First Statewide Youth Recovery Community Center

At a press conference at the newly-opened Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Community Center in Providence, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announced a $50,000 grant to support the Center’s efforts to provide recovery supports for youth in Rhode Island who have substance use disorders. The Youth Recovery Community Center, founded by The Providence Center, is the first of its kind in Rhode Island, specializing in providing youth with afterschool and weekend programs coupled with recovery supports. It complements the programs…
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Lt. Governor McKee, Alzheimer’s Association Secure $30K to Update State Plan on Alzheimer’s

PROVIDENCE, RI – Lt. Governor McKee today announced $30,000 in grants secured by his office and the Rhode Island chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to update the state’s five-year plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation each pledged $15,000 to support the initiative. The State Plan is a comprehensive blueprint for how Rhode Island will continue to address the growing Alzheimer's crisis. It creates the infrastructure and accountability necessary to build dementia-capable programs and services for the growing number of Rhode Islanders with the disease. The Plan explores the current impact…
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Treasurer Magaziner Responds to Navient: Student Loan Debt Crisis is not “Ordinary Business”

Providence, RI - Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner yesterday sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission in response to Navient Corporation's (NASDAQ: NAVI) attempt to deny shareholders the chance to vote on his proposal requesting that the company provide investors with information on the measures it is taking related to risks associated with the student loan debt crisis. "Shareholders have good reason to be concerned about risks associated with the student loan industry," said Treasurer Magaziner. "Nationally, there are more than 44 million borrowers with an estimated $ trillion in student loan debt, an amount second only to…
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Raimondo Expands Efforts to Support New Parents in Recovery and Infants Born with Opioid Dependence

Rhode Island selected by National Governor's Association as a 'learning lab' state to prevent neonatal withdrawal PROVIDENCE, RI - Following the release earlier last week of a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing a 61 percent decrease in post-incarceration overdose deaths, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced a new effort to improve and expand support for new parents in recovery and infants born with opioid dependence. The National Governors Association selected Rhode Island as one of five 'learning lab' states to help develop a strategic action plan to reduce neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), also known…
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Reed Statement on Senate Vote Against Bipartisan Solutions to Save Dreamers

WASHINGTON – Today, after the Senate rejected President Trump’s proposal to radically slash legal immigration by a vote of 39 to 60 and failed to advance two bipartisan immigration proposals that would provide a pathway to citizenship for young “Dreamers” protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement: “Last September, President Trump created an economic, humanitarian, and political crisis by rescinding DACA without proposing a serious solution for the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients who now face deportation. In the following months, my Democratic colleagues, and some Republicans, have offered compromise after…
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angevin Unveils Election Security Task Force Final Report and Recommendations

WASHINGTON, — Today, Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) joined his colleagues on the Congressional Task Force on Election Security to unveil their final report, which includes ten specific recommendations on what the federal government and states can and should be doing to secure our nation’s elections. Russia’s unprecedented interference with the country’s elections in 2016 – including targeting 21 states’ voting systems – exposed serious national security vulnerabilities to our election infrastructure – which includes voting machines and voter registration databases. Members of the Task Force on Election Security also introduced legislation, the Election Security Act, to implement the recommendations of…
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Reed Lauds Independent Effort by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director to Preserve Needed Funding Program for Affordable Rental Housing

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Jack Reed, who led the effort to establish the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) and who is a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, issued the following statement: “I thank the Federal Housing Finance Agency for exercising its independent authority pursuant to the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act to continue funding the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund. I worked to create the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund to provide communities with the resources they need to help address a very real and dangerous shortage…
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Nellie Mae Education Foundation Awards $252,000 Grant to Support Personalized Learning in Providence Schools

PROVIDENCE: The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has awarded Providence Public Schools a $252,000 grant to extend its efforts in learner-centered, personalized learning in four district high schools. The grant fund “Supporting and Developing Student-Centered Teachers and Administrators at Scale” empowers educators and administrators to play a leading role in the implementation of personalized learning within Providence Public Schools. In personalized learning environments, students are able to learn at their own pace, anytime, anywhere. Furthermore, teachers have the tools they need to support students, monitor progress and provide interventions in real time. Personalized learning gives students access to engaging, culturally reflective…
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Reed: Trump Broke Protections for Dreamers, Time for U.S. Senate to Fix It

WASHINGTON, DC - Five months after the Trump Administration created an economic and humanitarian crisis by terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Senate Majority Leader is finally letting the Senate move forward with an immigration debate this week. Senator Jack Reed is urging his Senate colleagues to come together and pass the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would allow young immigrants who have worked, studied, and served in the Armed Forces to earn lawful permanent residence and provide them with a path to American citizenship. These young people, known as Dreamers, were brought here through no fault…
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