Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. of the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island has asked the independent monitor for a 2014 consent decree to advise him on ways the Court can respond to the needs of adults with developmental disabilities and their families and alleviate the burdens on the developmental disability service system in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Meanwhile, the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals has shared a link for the convenience of those who want to sign up for its listserve. 

In addition, the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities has issued a coronavirus resource guide which may be downloaded. 

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Gina Macris

Gina Macris is a career journalist with 43 years’ experience as a reporter for the Providence Journal. She retired in 2012. While at the Journal she wrote two series about her first-born son that won prizes from the New England Associated Press News Executives Association. Gina now publishes the Developmental Disability News.