Under state law, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) serves as “the principal agency of the executive branch of state government” (R.I.G.L. §42-7.2-2) responsible for managing the departments of: Health (RIDOH); Human Services (DHS); Office of Healthy Aging (OHA); Office of Veterans Services (VETS); Children, Youth and Families (DCYF); and Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). EOHHS is also designated as the single State agency to administer the Medicaid program in Rhode Island. 

Last year, these agencies provided direct services to nearly 306,000 Rhode Islanders as well as an array of regulatory, protective and health promotion services to our communities. Health and human services benefits represent $3.1 billion spending per year, or over 40 percent of the entire state budget.

Our Mission

Assure access to high quality and cost-effective services that foster the health, safety, and independence of all Rhode Islanders.

Strategic Vision

The EOHHS and its Departments are committed to building and maintaining a consumer-based health and human services system that:

  • Meets the diverse and changing needs of the populations we serve;
  • Allocates public resources responsibly to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have the opportunity for a better future;
  • Develops supports and services to promote independence and well-being;
  • Provides Rhode Islanders with a set of integrated services tailored to meet their unique needs;
  • Achieves the best possible outcomes for the consumers EOHHS serves; and
  • Assures service quality, program integrity and system accountability.  

EOHHS Values

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services:

  • Strives for excellence by sharing and implementing best practices and promoting innovation in service design delivery;
  • Fosters partnerships with providers, between the departments and with the community;
  • Maximizes the use of all available financial resources; and
  • Provides responsible financial stewardship.

Guiding Principles

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services:

  • Works to engage residents to choose and influence the services they receive; 
  • Ensures that race equity is considered in each and every decision made throughout the Secretariat; and
  • Strives to ensure that community members are engaged, heard, and respected from the onset of a plan and throughout implementation.


The Executive Office of Health and Human Services: 

  1. Preserving and improving access to quality, cost-effective healthcare
  2. Shifting systems and investments to prevention, value, choice, and equity
  3. Curbing the opioid epidemic, addressing addiction, and improving mental health services
  4. Promoting efficient, effective and fair delivery of services