RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


Alexander Confirmed
June 24, 2011

The Senate voted unanimously to confirm Gary Alexander as secretary of the Department of Public Welfare (DPW).  Alexander has served as acting secretary since being chosen by Governor Corbett in January. Alexander served as the Rhode Island secretary of Health and Human Services since 2009, where he oversaw the Departments of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals, Elderly Affairs and Children, Youth and Families. Previously, he had served as director of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services for three years and deputy director for eight. PCPA has appreciated meeting with Secretary Alexander a number of times to discuss issues of concern to community providers, most notably as a guest at the PCPA Board Retreat.  Alexander has shown himself to be a supporter of community services and the HealthChoices program behavioral health carve out. While current economic realities present numerous challenges, the association looks forward to working with Secretary Alexander to move the community system forward.


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