PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014\u00a0As part of his effort to update Rhode Island\u2019s State Plan on Alzheimer\u2019s, Lt. Governor Dan McKee is launching a series of Town Hall meetings across the state to collect input from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer's Disease.\r\n\r\nIn February, Lt. Governor McKee and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Alzheimer\u2019s Association secured $30,000 in grants to update the State Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for how Rhode Island will address the growing Alzheimer's crisis. Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation each pledged $15,000 to support the initiative.\r\n\r\nThe grants allowed the Lt. Governor\u2019s Office and the Alzheimer\u2019s Association to partner with Splaine Consulting, a nationally-recognized research firm specializing in public health policy. Splaine has extensive knowledge of the national Alzheimer\u2019s landscape and firsthand experience in crafting state plans across the country.\r\n\r\nLt. Governor McKee tasked Splaine with creating an updated plan that explores the current impact of Alzheimer's disease in Rhode Island and outlines what steps the state must take to improve its services for people with Alzheimer's and their families.\r\n\r\n\u201cAs my office relaunches Rhode Island\u2019s coordinated effort to fight Alzheimer\u2019s and provide patients with the highest level of support and care, I want to ensure that Rhode Islanders whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer\u2019s have a hand in crafting a plan to address the disease,\u201d said Lt. Governor McKee.\r\n\r\nThe Town Hall series kicks off on\u00a0Monday, Aug. 6,\u00a0in the following communities:\r\n\r\n \tWarwick Public Library, Central Library:\u00a0600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI 02889,\u00a011:30 am \u2013 1:00 pm\r\n \tWood River Health Services:\u00a0823 Main Street, Hope Valley, RI 02832,\u00a01:00 pm \u2013 3:00 pm\r\n \tBenjamin Eddy Building:\u00a06 S. Killingly Road, Foster, RI 02825,\u00a01:00 pm \u2013 3:00 pm\r\n \tHope Alzheimer\u2019s Center:\u00a025 Brayton Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920,\u00a05:30 pm \u2013 7:00 pm\r\n\r\nIn addition, Lt. McKee will visit the Portsmouth Free Public Library on Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.\u00a0\r\n\r\nFor a complete schedule of town hall meetings visit\u00a0ltgov.ri.gov\/alz\u00a0or call (401) 222-2371.\r\n\r\nRhode Islanders who are unable to attend a town hall meeting can complete a brief online survey:\u00a0bit.ly\/2Ofx5q6.\u00a0The survey is also available in Spanish:\u00a0bit.ly\/2LiMbgx.