Proposed Rules and Regulations
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:
The Department of Human Services (DHS) hereby proposes to file a Direct Final Rule to amend the following Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 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, per Federal Regulations:
Updates that allow for inflation will increase allowable deduction amounts as well as income eligibility standards resulting in increased benefits to SNAP participants.
The addition for the use of the telephonic signature provides for a more efficient and cost effective application process for individuals and the agency by allowing SNAP applicants to avoid lengthy and unreliable mail exchange to submit written/inked signatures and removing barriers that reduces delays in processing initial applications and recertifications as well as the number of cases that will be closed due to procedural reasons rather than financial ineligibility.
This proposed rule is accessible on the R.I. Secretary of State website Secretary of State website, on 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 September 13, 2020 the Department of Human Services will file the amendment without opportunity for public comment. All written objections should be sent to Karen Vartebedian, Office of Policy Analysis, Research & Development, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building Bldg. #57, 25 Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920 or Karen Vartebedian and must be received not later than 11:59 PM Sunday, September 13, 2020.
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 to Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) 42-35, notice is hereby given that the Department of Human Services proposes the State Plan for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Block Grant which is funded through the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
This proposed state plan is accessible on the DHS website http://www.dhs.ri.gov or available in hard copy upon request (401) 462-6424. A virtual public hearing will be held to consider the proposed plan on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM by the RI Department of Human Services. Persons wishing to testify may do so by joining the virtual hearing at:
Meeting ID: 468 910 2469
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You may submit written testimony by Monday, August 17, 2020 to Deirdre Weedon, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 57 Howard Avenue, Cranston RI 02920, or email to Deirdre Weedon.
The Hearing will begin at 10:00 AM and will conclude when the last speaker finishes testimony or at 12:00 PM, whichever comes first.
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.