The resolution acknowledges the mission of the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island (SUMHLC), which is to promote a system of high-quality, comprehensive community-based mental health and substance use prevention and treatment services. It recognizes that addiction is a significant issue in Rhode Island, affecting 13.21 percent of the state's population, a rate that is the second highest among the states. The resolution also notes the importance of focus and continuity in services for achieving and maintaining abstinence from substance abuse and mental health.

To support the mission of SUMHLC and address the high rate of addiction in Rhode Island, the resolution proposes an appropriation of $250,000 from the state treasury for the fiscal year 2024-2025. This funding is intended to enhance the council's ability to provide the necessary services for substance use and mental health treatment. The state controller is authorized to draw orders upon the general treasurer for the payment of this sum, provided that properly authenticated vouchers are received. The legislative explanation clarifies that the resolution's purpose is to make this specific appropriation to SUMHLC.