Raimondo drops behavioral health chief from administration

The Rhode Island State House.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The head of the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals has resigned after being informed that Gov. Gina Raimondo would not reappoint him.

Craig S. Stenning was appointed director of the agency that oversees the care of adults with mental health needs in 2008 by Gov. Donald L. Carcieri. He was reappointed in 2011 by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

Stephen Neuman, Raimondo’s chief of staff, said the governor believes new leadership in the agency is needed. He said her decision was due to a “whole series of reasons,” but he was not specific.

A U.S. Department of Justice investigation found civil rights violations in the agency’s day programs for about 3,600 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Stenning promised to close so-called sheltered workshops by 2017.

A new director has not been announced.

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