Rhode Island
Community Benefits Plan/Implementation Strategy
Rhode Island requires hospitals to develop a formal Board-approved community benefit plan that considers the health care needs of the community or communities served.

A hospital’s community benefit plan, to be updated every three years, must specify the communities (including racial or ethnic minority populations) that will be the focus of the plan. Representatives of the designated community or communities must be involved in the planning and implementation process. The plan must reflect a comprehensive assessment of the health care needs of these designated communities. It must also specify the actual or planned dates when the activities and proposals included in the plan will be implemented. 23-17.14 R.I. Code R. §11.5(b).