Executive Order 97-02
January 22, 1997
WHEREAS, the State has developed programs and services for children with emotional disturbances administered by the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), and adults with serious mental illness and developmental disabilities administered by the Department of Mental Health Retardation and Hospitals (MHRH); and
WHEREAS, children receiving services from DCYF lose their eligibility for children's services upon entering adulthood and may apply for services as adults through MHRH; and
WHEREAS, the eligibility criteria for children's services at DCYF are not the same as the eligibility criteria for adult services at MHRH; and
WHEREAS, treatment interventions for children at DCYF are not the same as the treatment interventions for adults at MHRH; and
WHEREAS, there is a need for coordination of services and programs between DCYF and MHRH in the transition of children receiving services as they enter adulthood.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN ALMOND, by the virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby order as follows:
1. There is hereby established a Study Group to review issues affecting children receiving DCYF services as they move into adulthood and seek continued State services through MHRH.
The Study Group shall report its findings to the Governor on or before March 1, 1997.