Maria Montanaro, head of the state’s behavioral health agency, is stepping down at the end of this month. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced Montanaro’s resignation today; no reason was given.
Current Deputy Director Rebecca Boss has been tapped to serve as acting director of the department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals while the agency looks for new leadership.
Governor Gina Raimondo appointed Montanaro to lead the behavioral health agency 18 months ago.
During Montanaro’s tenure, the agency has responded to reports of abuse at state mental health institutions, including Eleanor Slater Hospital and a group home for adults with developmental disabilities, and participated in a state plan to reduce drug overdose deaths. She helped replace the leadership team at Eleanor Slater and oversaw the review of safety practices at state-run group homes.