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Rhode Island has a nursing home staffing crisis that far predated the pandemic. That’s why, in 2019, advocates from Raise the Bar on Resident Care launched a campaign to achieve safe staffing and quality resident care and were able to help pass The Nursing Home Staffing and Quality Care Act in 2021, which includes some of the strongest staffing standards in the country. Each day; Raise the Bar continues its work to make sure that every nursing home resident and caregiver can live with dignity, respect and safety.

The Raise the Bar Coalition includes the following partners:

  • Senior Agenda Coalition of RI,
  • District 1199 SEIU New England,
  • RI Organizing Project,
  • Economic Progress Institute,
  • Sista Fire,
  • RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty,
  • Women’s Fund of Rhode Island,
  • Newport Partnership for Families,
  • Fuerza Laboral,
  • Protect our Healthcare Coalition,
  • R.A.M.P (Real Access Motivates Progress),
  • RI AFL-CIO, RI Working Families,
  • Advocates for Better Care in Rhode Island and
  • Rhode Island Alliance for Retired Americans.