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State lawmakers are set to begin a series of hearings on mental health issues and policies in Rhode Island.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee says the first hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the state house.

The committee chairman, Democratic Sen. Joshua Miller, of Cranston, plans to discuss the topics the committee will explore.

Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary Elizabeth Roberts will discuss a report on behavioral health services in the state and provide an overview of mental health challenges, resources and state policy options.

The committee has also invited mental health advocates to talk about their priorities.

The committee plans to accept public comment at the meeting.

Written testimony is encouraged. Copies will be shared with the committee members.

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