Senator Joshua Miller
Winner of the ALFA Statesman Award
The ALFA Statesman Award, a national recognition, is presented to one state official who has demonstrated outstanding efforts on behalf of assisted living residents. This year’s winner is RI State Senator Josh Miller.
Senator Miller (Democrat-District 28, Cranston, and Providence) was first elected to the Rhode Island State Senate on November 7, 2006. Representing two of largest cities in the state, Senator Miller now serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and is a member of the Senate Committee on Education.
During his time in office, he has worked on a host of complex health care issues. In 2013, Sen. Miller sponsored legislation to modernize the Rhode Island Assisted Living Licensing Act. At the time, Rhode Island's Assisted Living Residence Licensing Act did not permit residents to receive basic health services directly from appropriately trained/qualified ALR staff members. As the bill’s sponsor and Chair of the Committee with jurisdiction over assisted living legislation, Sen. Miller brought all of the various interested parties together and crafted legislation that allows residents to access limited health services in the assisted living community they call home. Without Sen. Miller’s leadership and persistence, passage of this legislation would not have been possible. By working closely with RIALA, ALFA’s state affiliate you have proved that you are a champion of the senior living industry. Congratulations and thank you.