Proposed Rules and Regulations

PROPOSED ADOPTION OF
RI WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
STATE PLAN

In accordance to Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) 42-35, notice is hereby given that the Department of Human Services proposes the State Plan for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Grant which is funded through the United States Department of Energy.

This proposed state plan is accessible on the DHS website or available in hard copy upon request (401) 462-6420. A remote public hearing will be held to consider the proposed plan on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm via a Zoom meeting (log in information below). Persons wishing to testify at the hearing may be scheduled by emailing Julie Capobianco by 9:00 am on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Persons may also testify by submitting written testimony by Monday, April 12, 2021 to Julie Capobianco, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Cranston RI 02920, or email to Julie Capobianco.

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In accordance with Rhode Island General Laws (R.I. Gen. Law 42-35), as amended (specifically Section 42-35.2.11 of the Administrative Procedures Act) and pursuant to the provisions of Chapters 42-12-23 of the General Laws of Rhode Island as amended, the Department of Human Services (DHS) hereby proposes to adopt an amendment for the following program:

RICR Title 218 – Rhode Island Department of Human Services
Chapter 70 – Office of Child Care Licensing
Part 2 – Family Child Care Home Regulations for Licensure

In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the Department of Human Services is advertising the following proposed and amended DHS rules. This rule is being amended in compliance with state and federal law and good practice. The proposed revisions are as follows:

  • • § 2.1.2 Added subsection “Purpose”
  • • § 2.1.3 Added subsection “Incorporated Materials”
  • • § 2.1.4 (A) Updated Definitions sections, including changes to definition of Family Child Care Home; added the following definitions: Approved Assistant, Capacity, Department, Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Emergency Assistant, Licensing Unit, Program, Provider, Substitute, Usable Floor Space, Variance, Waiver, Weapons
  • • § 2.3.2 G. Added paragraph “Prohibited Practices”
  • • § 2.3.2 J. Added paragraph “Hygiene”
  • • § 2.3.2 O. Added paragraph “Animals”
  • • § 2.3.2 P. Added paragraph “Equipment and Furniture”
  • • § 2.3.3(B) Added subsection “Diapering and Toileting
  • • § 2.3.3(C) Added subsection “Sleeping
  • • § 2.3.7 Added subchapter “Learning and Development”
  • • Updated language to the following subchapters:
    1. • §§ 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 2.2.4, 2.2.5, 2.2.6, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3, 2.3.4, 2.3.5, 2.3.6, 2.3.7
  • • Reformatted the following subchapters:
    1. • §§ 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3, 2.3.4, 2.3.6, 2.3.7
  • • Changed titles of the following subchapters:
    1. • §§ 2.2.1 B., 2.2.1 C., 2.2.1 D., 2.2.2, 2.2.2 A., 2.2.2 B., 2.2.2. C., 2.2.2 D., 2.2.3, 2.3.1, 2.3.1 A., 2.3.1 B., 2.3.1 C., 2.3.1 D., 2.3.1E., 2.3.1 F., 2.3.1 G., 2.3.1 H., 2.3.2, 2.3.2 A., 2.3.2 B., 2.3.2 E., 2.3.2 K., 2.3.3, 2.3.3 A., 2.3.4A., 2.3.4 B., 2.3.4 C., 2.3.4 D., 2.3.4 E., 2.3.4 F., 2.3.4 G., 2.3.5, 2.3.5 A., 2.3.5B., 2.3.5 C., 2.3.5 D., 2.3.5 E., 2.3.6 A., 2.3.6 B., 2.3.6 C., 2.3.6 E., 2.3.6 F.
  • • Revised order of Regulation, updated section numbers, updated Table of Contents accordingly
  • • Updated and added Citations as needed
  • • Technical revisions throughout

There will be two public hearings held to consider the proposed amendments:

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm online via Zoom:

Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 842 8152 7915

Passcode: 093036

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Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm online via Zoom:

Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 830 1042 3345

Passcode: 835891

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This proposed rule is accessible through the RI Secretary of State’s website, on the DHS website or available in hard copy upon request (401 462-2018).

Interested persons should submit data, views or written comments by April 22, 2021 to Tara Borges, Department of Human Services, Office of Policy Development, Louis Pasteur Building, Bldg. 57, 25 Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920, or email Tara Borges.

The Department of Human Services does not discriminate against individuals based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religious belief, political belief or handicap in acceptance for or provision of services or employment in its programs or activities.

In accordance with Rhode Island General Laws (R.I. Gen. Law 42-35), as amended (specifically Section 42-35.2.11 of the Administrative Procedures Act) and pursuant to the provisions of Chapters 42-12-23 of the General Laws of Rhode Island as amended, the Department of Human Services (DHS) hereby proposes to adopt an amendment for the following program:

RICR Title 218 – Rhode Island Department of Human Services
Chapter 70 – Office of Child Care Licensing
Part 7 – Group Family Child Care Home Regulations for Licensure

In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the Department of Human Services is advertising the following proposed and amended DHS rules. This rule is being amended in compliance with state and federal law and good practice. The proposed revisions are as follows:

  • •§ 7.1.2 Added subsection “Purpose”
  • • § 7.1.3 Added subsection “Incorporated Materials”
  • • § 7.1.4 (A) Updated Definitions sections, including changes to definition of Group Family Child Care Home; added the following definitions: Approved Assistant, Capacity, Department, Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Emergency Assistant, Licensing Unit, Program, Provider, Substitute, Usable Floor Space, Variance, Waiver, Weapons
  • • § 7.3.2 G. Added paragraph “Prohibited Practices”
  • • § 7.3.2 J. Added paragraph “Hygiene”
  • • § 7.3.2 O. Added paragraph “Animals”
  • • § 7.3.2 P. Added paragraph “Equipment and Furniture”
  • • § 7.3.3(B) Added subsection “Diapering and Toileting
  • • § 7.3.3(C) Added subsection “Sleeping
  • • § 7.3.7 Added subchapter “Learning and Development”
  • • Updated language to the following subchapters:
    1. • §§ 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3, 7.2.4, 7.2.5, 7.2.6, 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.3, 7.3.4, 7.3.5, 7.3.6, 7.3.7
  • • Reformatted the following subchapters:
    1. • §§ 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3, 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.3, 7.3.4, 7.3.6, 7.3.7
  • • Changed titles of the following subchapters:
    1. •§§ 7.2.1 B., 7.2.1 C., 7.2.1 D., 7.2.2, 7.2.2 A., 7.2.2 B., 7.2.2. C., 7.2.2 D., 7.2.3, 7.3.1, 7.3.1 A., 7.3.1 B., 7.3.1 C., 7.3.1 D., 7.3.1E., 7.3.1 F., 7.3.1 G., 7.3.1 H., 7.3.2, 7.3.2 A., 7.3.2 B., 7.3.2 E., 7.3.2 K., 7.3.3, 7.3.3 A., 7.3.4A., 7.3.4 B., 7.3.4 C., 7.3.4 D., 7.3.4 E., 7.3.4 F., 7.3.4 G., 7.3.5, 7.3.5 A., 7.3.5B., 7.3.5 C., 7.3.5 D., 7.3.5 E., 7.3.6 A., 7.3.6 B., 7.3.6 C., 7.3.6 E., 7.3.6 F.
  • • Revised order of Regulation, updated section numbers, updated Table of Contents accordingly
  • • Updated and added Citations as needed
  • • Technical revisions throughout

There will be two public hearings held to consider the proposed amendments:

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm online via Zoom:

Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 867 1316 4735

Passcode: 347847

Dial in 1-646-558-8656

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm online via Zoom:

Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 831 5128 0627

Passcode: 840713

Dial in 1-646-558-8656


This proposed rule is accessible through the RI Secretary of State’s website, on the DHS website or available in hard copy upon request (401 462-2018).

Interested persons should submit data, views or written comments by April 22, 2021 to Tara Borges, Department of Human Services, Office of Policy Development, Louis Pasteur Building, Bldg. 57, 25 Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920, or email to Tara Borges.

The Department of Human Services does not discriminate against individuals based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religious belief, political belief or handicap in acceptance for or provision of services or employment in its programs or activities.

In accordance with Rhode Island General Laws (R.I. Gen. Law 42-35), as amended (specifically Section 42-35.2.11 of the Administrative Procedures Act) and pursuant to the provisions of Chapters 42-12-23 of the General Laws of Rhode Island as amended, the Department of Human Services (DHS) hereby proposes to adopt an amendment for the following program:

RICR Title 218 – Rhode Island Department of Human Services
Chapter 70 – Office of Child Care Licensing
Part 1 – Child Care Center and School Age Program Regulations for Licensure

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is filing a proposed amendment to the Child Care Center and School Age Program Regulations for Licensure. The DHS does not expect this proposed amendment to the rule to be controversial and does not anticipate any objections. This proposed amendment will implement the following:

• § 1.10 (G) (12) (b) "basic" first aid is changed to "pediatric" first aid.

This proposed rule is accessible on the R.I. Secretary of State website, on this page of the Department of Human Services website or available in hard copy upon request (401-462-2018 or RI Relay, dial 711). If no formal objection is received on or before March 14, 2021, the Department of Human Services will file the amendment without opportunity for public comment. All written objections should be sent to Tara Borges, Office of Policy Analysis, Research & Development, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building Bldg. #57, 25 Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920 or Tara Borges and must be received not later than 11:59 PM Sunday, March 14, 2021.

The Department of Human Services does not discriminate against individuals based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religious belief, political belief or handicap in acceptance for or provision of services or employment in its programs or activities.