To protect the public and ensure high-quality healthcare, the Department of Health licenses, certifies, and disciplines many Rhode Island professionals, facilities, and organizations. Many of these groups, such as doctors, nurses, hospitals, and nursing homes, provide direct healthcare services. Others, such as hairdressers, lead inspectors, public water systems, and restaurants, must take certain steps to protect the health of their clients or the environment.
For many groups of licensees, we work with a professional board to establish standards for training and conduct, review license applications, and investigate and discipline cases of professional misconduct. (more)