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 in a classroom smiling with the blackboard behind them. 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.
  • How to Apply
  • Program Information
  • Quality Initiatives
  • Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge
  • Provider Resources
    -including link to DCYF for Child Care Provider Information
  • 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 19-64 years of age 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.
  • 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

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.
  • How to Apply
  • Program Information
  • Quality Initiatives
  • Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge
  • Provider Resources
    -including link to DCYF for Child Care Provider Information
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Verification Checklist

Child Support

    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.
  • Rhode Island Office of Child Support 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.
  • Office of Rehabilitation Services, Disability Determination Services

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.
  • Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs

Energy Assistance Programs

General Public Assistance (GPA)

    The General Public Assistance (GPA) Program is available for adults age 19-64 years of age 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.
  • How to Apply
  • Eligibility
  • Covered Benefits
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Verification Checklist

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.

  • Coverage for:
  • Families with Children
  • -For RIte Share questions, please call 401-462-0311.
  • Adults
  • Elders
  • Adults with Special Needs
  • Programs & Services
  • Provider Search
  • For help completing an application, to apply online, 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.

  • 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.
  • Verification Checklist

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 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

Veterans Services