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State lawmakers continue their oversight of the state's child welfare agency.  At a hearing Tuesday night, Department of Children, Youth, and Families director Jamia McDonald said her organization has made progress. 

Children In Crisis: Christian's Story

Aug 12, 2015
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Christian shares his story about growing up with an abusive mother, running away, and ending up in and out of group homes. Today he's on his own, trying to build a new life for himself. He hopes his story can help others. Here's a piece of that story, in his own words. (We're not using his last name to protect his privacy.)

Rhode Island’s largest health care network will close six group homes by the end of August. Lifespan affiliate, Gateway Healthcare, blames reimbursement rates for the closures.

The closures will affect dozens of adults with substance abuse or mental health diagnoses, and a little more than a dozen kids in state care. They range in age from five to 18. Gateway says Medicaid doesn’t pay enough to cover the cost of their care. Executive office of health and human services secretary Elizabeth Roberts acknowledges that’s a challenge.