Most Common Programs

Photo of a stem of green salad. Opens drop down listing of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program information.  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Photo of a woman working on the motor of a car. Opens drop down listing of RI Works Program information.  Rhode Island Works (RIW)

Photo of children on the classroom floor in a circle. Opens drop down listing of Child Care Assistance Program information.  Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

    The Department of Human Services supports low-income working families by providing access to affordable, high-quality early care and afterschool programs. As the principle agency responsible for the planning and coordination of child care in Rhode Island, DHS administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), offering child care subsidies to support children and their families struggling to find child care programs that will fit their needs and that will prepare children to succeed in school and in life. DHS also works to improve the quality of child care by supporting children’s healthy development and learning, providing resources to help programs assess and improve quality, and assisting the child care workforce in attaining more training and education.
  • Apply Now
  • How to Apply
  • Program Information
  • Quality Initiatives
  • Research, Reports and Newsletters
  • Provider Resources
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Verification Checklist

Photo of a caretaker giving an elderly woman a birthday cake. Opens drop down listing of Long Term Services and Supports Program information.   Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

Photo of two hands trying to reach one another from opposite directions. Opens drop down of General Public Assistance Program information.   General Public Assistance (GPA)

    The General Public Assistance (GPA) Program is available for adults age 18 and over who have very limited income and resources and have an illness or medical condition that keeps them from working. Sometimes, adults who apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) but are not yet determined eligible, can receive GPA benefits while their disability determination review occurs.
  • Apply Now
  • How to Apply
  • Eligibility
  • Covered Benefits
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Verification Checklist

Photo of a sideview of a red house with icicles hanging off the gutters. Opens drop down listing of Energy Assistance Programs information.  Energy Assistance Programs

All Programs and Services

Affordable Care Coverage (ACC)

    Medicaid is available for parents/caretakers with income up to 136% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), children with income up to 261% of the FPL, pregnant women with income up to 253% of the FPL and adults age 19 to 64 with income up to 133% of the FPL who are otherwise ineligible for Medicaid and not eligible for or enrolled in Medicare. You can apply for coverage online at www.healthyrhode.ri.gov or over the phone by calling the HSRI Contact Center at 1-855-840-4774.
  • You may also
  • Apply Now for Medicaid and/or other DHS Benefits
  • or click below for information on
  • How to Apply

Appeals Process

Visit the Appeals Process page for information and instruction.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

    The Department of Human Services supports low-income working families by providing access to affordable, high-quality early care and afterschool programs. As the principle agency responsible for the planning and coordination of child care in Rhode Island, DHS administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), offering child care subsidies to support children and their families struggling to find child care programs that will fit their needs and that will prepare children to succeed in school and in life.DHS also works to improve the quality of child care by supporting children’s healthy development and learning, providing resources to help programs assess and improve quality, and assisting the child care workforce in attaining more training and education.
  • Apply Now
  • How to Apply
  • Program Information
  • Quality Initiatives
  • Research, Reports and Newsletters
  • Provider Resources
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Verification Checklist

Child Support

  • Rhode Island Office of Child Support Services
  • It is the responsibility of each parent - both mother and father - to make sure their child has enough food to eat, has their health care needs met, clothes to wear, and a safe place to live. Still, some children do not get the support they need. Regardless of their living situation or relationship, both parents should provide the financial and emotional support a child needs to grow into a responsible adult. Rhode Island's child support program can help.
  • To encourage parental responsibility, the Office of Child Support Services establishes paternity of children, establishes court orders for financial and medical support, modifies or changes the order when appropriate, and vigorously enforces support orders. The Office of Child Support Services promotes the emotional involvement of both parents in the life of the child by working with other state agencies, community groups, and hospitals.

  • The Department of Human Services is responsible for providing public assistance programs to the population they serve. Click below to apply for DHS Benefits:
  • How to Apply for DHS Benefits

Disability Determination Services

  • Office of Rehabilitation Services, Disability Determination Services

  • Disability Determination Services (DDS) is a unit within the Office of Rehabilitation Services. DDS is the state agency which determines the medical eligibility of Rhode Island residents (children and adults) who have applied for cash benefits under the disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The two SSA disability programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) (Title II) and Supplementary Security Income (SSI) (Title XVI). The DDS is responsible for collecting medical evidence of record and determining whether the claimant is disabled and/or blind as defined by the Social Security Act.

  • The Department of Human Services is responsible for providing public assistance programs to the population they serve. Click below to apply for DHS Benefits:
  • How to Apply for DHS Benefits

Elderly Affairs

  • Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs

  • The Department of Human Services operates the Rhode Island Division of Elderly affairs, which provides care and support for our state's elderly population and their families.

  • The Department of Human Services is responsible for providing public assistance programs to the population they serve. Click below to apply for DHS Benefits:
  • How to Apply for DHS Benefits

Elders and Adults with Disabilities (EAD)

    To qualify for Medicaid for Low-Income Elders and Persons with Disabilities, an individual or member of a couple must be age 65 years or older or living with a disability. Persons who are blind also quality for coverage in this category. Income must be at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and resources cannot exceed $4,000 for a single person and $6,000 for a couple. People who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on age or disability are automatically eligible for Medicaid and do not need to complete the DHS-2 Application for Assistance. People who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) must apply but do not have to undergo a disability review by the Medical Assistance Review Team (MART).

    People eligible under the category for Medicaid for Working People with Disabilities Program - Sherlock Plan are entitled to the full scope of Medicaid benefits, home and community-based services, and services needed to gain and / or maintain employment. To be found eligible for this program, a person must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, meet the Medicaid requirements for eligibility based on a disability, have proof of active,paid employment, have income at or below 250% of the FPL and meet special resourse standards.

  • You may also
  • Apply Now for Medicaid and/or other DHS Benefits
  • or click below for information on
  • How to Apply

Energy Assistance Programs

General Public Assistance (GPA)

    The General Public Assistance (GPA) Program is available for adults age 18 and over who have very limited income and resources and have an illness or medical condition that keeps them from working. Sometimes, adults who apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) but are not yet determined eligible, can receive GPA benefits while their disability determination review occurs.
  • Apply Now
  • How to Apply
  • Eligibility
  • Covered Benefits
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Verification Checklist

Katie Beckett (KB)

    Katie Beckett provides Medicaid / health insurance coverage to children under age 19 who are living at home but have complex health needs that typically require the care provided in a health facility like a hospital or nursing home. To determine Katie Beckett eligibility, only the income and resources of the child who needs coverage are considered. A child may qualify for the same services available if family income is within the limits for coverage for the Affordable Care Coverage (ACC) groups. Call 1-855-MY-RIDHS (1-855-697-4347) if you need more information about which pathway is best for you.
  • You may also
  • Apply Now for Medicaid and/or other DHS Benefits
  • or click below for information on
  • How to Apply

Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

Medicaid Programs

    The Rhode Island Medical Assistance Program, also known as "Medicaid", is a Federal and state funded program that pays for medical and health related services for eligible Rhode Islanders. This includes inpatient and outpatient hospital care, preventive services, durable medical equipment, and many more services and benefits.

    The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) administers the publicly-funded Medicaid program. Medicaid is an important source of coverage for low-income families with children, pregnant women, elders and persons with disabilities and special needs who otherwise might not be able to pay for or get access to affordable health care. Rhode Island took the option under the federal Affordable Care Act of 2010 to expand Medicaid to adults between the ages of 19 and 64. The State also chose to establish its own health insurance exchange to make sure other forms of affordable coverage are readily available to Rhode Islanders who need it.


    EOHHS announces the three health plans with a Medicaid presence in RI: Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Tufts Health Plan, and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan


  • Coverage for:
  • Families with Children
  • -For RIte Share questions, please call 401-462-0311.
  • Adults
  • Elders
  • Adults with Special Needs
  • Programs & Services
  • Provider Search
  • Click here to Apply Now or for help completing an application or for contact information to HealthSourceRI, visit the Apply for DHS Benefits page . There are also Navigators available at many community based agencies that can help with the application process. See the HealthSourceRI Navigator Directory for an agency near you.

  • Verification Checklist

Medicare Premium Payment Program (MPP)

  • MPP-1 Medicare Premium Payment Program helps adults over age 65 and adults with disabilities pay all or some of the costs of Medicare Part A and Part B premiums, deductibles and co-payments. Medicare Part A is hospital insurance coverage and Medicare Part B is for physician services, durable medical equipment and outpatient services. People with income up to 135% of the FPL are eligible to participate in MPP.
  • Adults with Special Needs

  • Fill out the MPP-1 form and mail to the State of Rhode Island, P.O. Box 8709, Cranston, RI 02820-8787.
  • Or you may choose to click here to Apply Now.
  • For help completing an application or for contact information to HealthSourceRI, visit the Apply for DHS Benefits page . There are also Navigators available at many community based agencies that can help with the application process. See the HealthSourceRI Navigator Directory for an agency near you.

Overpayment Collections: Options for Paying

    If you receive RIW (Child Care Payments; Cash Assistance Payments; Food Stamps Payments) as a result of an error in your eligibility, this is called an overpayment. You will be required to pay DHS back for that overpayment. You can use your debit or credit card to pay your Overpayment Collection bill. This is an optional service and there is an associated convenience fee that will be billed to your account.
    You can do this by calling the DHS Overpayment Collection line at 877-264-5770 or pay online at:
  • Overpayment Collections Payment

Refugee Assistance Program

Rehabilitation Services

  • Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services
  • The Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) provides a wide variety of services to Rhode Islanders with disabilities.

  • The Department of Human Services is responsible for providing public assistance programs to the population they serve. Click below to apply for DHS Benefits:
  • Apply Now for DHS Benefits
  • How to Apply for DHS Benefits

Rhode Island Works (RIW)

Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SSI Assisted Living Program

    The SSI Enhanced Assisted Living Program is a state and federal program for adults over age 65 and adults with disabilities. The program provides financial assistance to eligible individuals who are assessed and found to be in need of services provided in an Assisted Living Facility. The SSI Enhanced benefit allows for an increased SSI payment to help cover the cost of room and board. To qualify, an individual must participate in an assessment and be considered an appropriate candidate for admission.
  • How to Apply
  • Eligibility
  • Forms

SSI State Supplemental Payment Program

    The SSP Program is the state program which augments SSI. Both SSI and SSP benefits are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Eligibility for both programs is determined by SSA using Federal criteria. If you qualify for SSI, you qualify for SSP. The benefits are in the form of cash assistance.
  • Apply Now
  • How to Apply
  • Program Information
  • Verification Checklist

Veterans Services