By Gina Macris
Andrew McQuaide, the Chief Transformation Officer who has been identified with reforms in the Rhode Island's developmental disability services for the last three years, will join the state’s largest direct service provider, Perspectives Corp., as a senior director.
McQuaide’s last day in the Division of Disabilities at the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) will be July 22.
McQuaide has worked for the state in various capacities in connection with consent decree implementation ever since U.S. Department of Justice secured an initial agreenent to close a sheltered workshop in North Providence in 2013. A statewide agreement to settle violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act followed a year later.
McQuaide, who has two siblings with developmental disabilities and is a board member of a national sibling leadership organization, said he wants to develop well-rounded professional experience while helping Perspectives expand and improve its integrated services.
A resident of Charlestown, he was the youngest member ever elected to the Charlestown School Committee and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. McQuaide also has a master’s decree in public administration from Syracuse University.