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Representative Deborah A. Fellela

Deputy Majority Leader

Second Vice Chairman, House Committee on Veterans' Affiars

Member, House Committee on Labor

Member, House Committee on Small Business


Deborah A. Fellela (D) represents District 43 in Johnston. First elected to her seat in November 2006, Representative Fellela is a Deputy Majority Leader and the second vice-chairwoman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. She is also a member of the House Committee on Labor and the House Committee on Small Business.

In 2016, Representative Fellela worked in conjunction with the governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force to craft legislation aimed at addressing the opioid overdose crisis. She introduced legislation to improve the efficiency of the prescription drug monitoring database program by adding analytical functions, and allowing pharmacists to see all prescriptions for a patient. The new law helps detect irregular prescribing and dispensing patterns.

During the 2015 session, Representative Fellela co-sponsored legislation that requires health insurers who provide coverage for the treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders to rely upon criteria of the American Society of Addiction Medicine when developing coverage for levels of care for substance use disorder treatment. The legislation was an important update of state laws concerning the treatment of addiction.

Several laws she sponsored during her 2013-2014 term were signed into law that foster a better atmosphere for Rhode Island’s large veterans’ community.

She was previously a member of the School Improvement Team at the Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School in Providence and a member of the PTO at Barnes Elementary School in Johnston.

A 1974 graduate of East Providence High School, Representative Fellela is the secretary to the principal of Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School. She is a communicant of Our Lady of Grace Church and a housing commissioner for the Johnston Housing Authority.

Representative Fellela was born November 16, 1956. She is married to Henry and they have four children: Henry III, Matthew, Kyle and Ally.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
3 Diaz Street
Johnston, RI 02919
(401) 231-2014