Proposed Rules and Regulations

The following proposed rules, regulations and State plans are being considered for the named DHS programs and services. Please find more information, such as public hearing notices, when appropriate, and summaries of changes. 

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Proposed Amendments to Family Child Care Home Regulations for Licensure

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 RI 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, DHS 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:

  • §2.1.4-added definition of "Stable Groups"
  • §2.3.2(Q)-Added Pandemic Language

A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed amendments on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 6:00pm at the Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Bldg. 57,  Cranston, RI 02920, in the West Wing Conference Room.  This proposed rule is accessible through the RI Secretary of State’s website (https://rules.sos.ri.gov/organizations/title/218), or available in hard copy upon request (401 462-2018).

Interested persons should submit data, views or written comments no later than 11:59pm on December 26, 2021 to Tara Borges, Department of Human Services, Office of Policy Development, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Bldg. 57, Cranston, RI 02920, or email to tara.borges@dhs.ri.gov.

DHS 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.

Proposed Amendments to Child Care Center and School Age Program Regulations for Licensure

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 RI 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

In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, DHS 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:

  • §1.5(B)-Added definition of "stable groups"
  • §1.8(O)-Added Pandemic Language

A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed amendments on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 5:00pm at the Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Bldg. 57, Cranston, RI 02920, in the West Wing Conference Room.  This proposed rule is accessible through the RI Secretary of State’s website (https://rules.sos.ri.gov/organizations/title/218), or available in hard copy upon request (401 462-2018).

Interested persons should submit data, views or written comments no later than 11:59pm on December 26, 2021 to Tara Borges, Department of Human Services, Office of Policy Development, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue,  Bldg. 57, Cranston, RI 02920, or email to tara.borges@dhs.ri.gov.

DHS 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.

Proposed Amendments to Group Family Child Care Regulations for Licensure

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 Rhode Island 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, DHS 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:

  • §7.1.4-added definition of "Stable Groups"
  • §7.3.2(Q)-Added Pandemic Language

A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed amendments on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 7:00pm at the Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Bldg. 57, Cranston, RI 02920, in the West Wing Conference Room.  This proposed rule is accessible through the RI Secretary of State’s website (https://rules.sos.ri.gov/organizations/title/218) or available in hard copy upon request (401 462-2018).

Interested persons should submit data, views or written comments no later than 11:59pm on December 26, 2021 to Tara Borges, Department of Human Services, Office of Policy Development, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Bldg. 57,  Cranston, RI 02920, or email to tara.borges@dhs.ri.gov.

DHS 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.

Proposed  Amendments to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 

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

20 – Individual and Family Support Programs

Part 1 – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Department of Human Services (DHS) hereby proposes to file a Direct Final Rule to amend the following Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. DHS hereby proposes to file a Direct Final Rule to amend the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the implementation of annual Cost of Living Adjustments made by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Services as well as the addition of temporary expansion of student eligibilities during a nationally declared pandemic which allows for benefits under circumstances where they may have otherwise be excluded.

The list of changes includes:

  • The standard deduction has increased.
  • The standard utility allowance (SUA) has increased from $636 to $676.
  • The maximum shelter deduction has increased from $586 to $597.
  • The homeless shelter deduction, for homeless households that have some shelter expenses, has increased from $156.74 to $159.73.
  • The Standard Medical Deduction has increased from $141 to $183.
  • The maximum and minimum benefit amounts have increased.
  • The gross and net income eligibility standards  have increased.
  • The maximum resource limit for change reporting households with at least one member who is age sixty (60) and older or is disabled has increased from three thousand five hundred dollars ($3,500) to three thousand seven hundred fifty dollars ($3,750). The maximum asset limit for all other households has increased from two thousand two hundred fifty dollars ($2,250) to two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500).
  • The income threshold for required reporting of changes in household income has increased from one hundred dollars ($100) to one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125).
  • Added temporary expansion of student eligibilities during a nationally declared pandemic in §1.20 (A).

This proposed rule is below and also accessible on the RI Secretary of State's website (https://rules.sos.ri.gov/regulations/part/218-20-00-1) or available in hard copy request from DHS by calling (401) 462-2018 or RI Relay (dial 711). 

If no formal objection is received on or before December 4, 2021, DHS will file the amendment without opportunity for public comment. All written objections should be sent by mail 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 by email to her at karen.vartebedian@dhs.ri.gov. It must be received not later than 11:59 PM  December 4, 2021.

DHS 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.

Proposed Adoption of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) State Plan

In accordance to Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) 42-35, notice is hereby given that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes the State Plan for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) which is funded through the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

This proposed State Plan is accessible below or available in hard copy upon request by calling (401) 462-1669. A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed plan on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 10:00AM at DHS, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Building #57, Cranston, RI 02920. It will be held in the West Wing Conference Room on the first floor (Room #110). Persons wishing to testify may do so by signing up at the hearing or by submitting written testimony by Wednesday, August 25, 2021 to Frederick Sneesby, Social Services Block Grant Administrator, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Building #57, Cranston RI 02920, or by emailing the testimony to frederick.sneesby@dhs.ri.gov.

The hearing will begin at 10:00 AM and will conclude when the last speaker finishes testimony or at 11:00 AM, whichever comes first. The DHS Louis Pasteur Building is accessible to the handicapped. Individuals with hearing impairments may request an interpreter’s presence by calling 711 or RI Relay at 1-800-745-6575 (Voice) or 1-800-745-5555 (TTY). Requests for this service must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing date.

DHS does not discriminate against individuals based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religious belief, political belief or handicap.

Proposed Adoption of Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) State Plan

In accordance to Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) 42-35 and 42 USC 9008, notice is hereby given that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes the following DHS State Plan: 2022 Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). A public hearing conducted by DHS will be held to consider the proposed plan on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 11:00 AM at DHS, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Building #57, Cranston, RI 02920. It will be held in the West Wing Conference Room on the first floor (Room #110).   Persons wishing to testify may do so by signing up at the hearing or by submitting written testimony by Wednesday, August 25, 2021 to Frederick Sneesby, Social Services Block Grant Administrator, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Building #57, Cranston RI 02920, or by emailing the testimony to frederick.sneesby@dhs.ri.gov.

The hearing will begin at 11:00 A.M. and will conclude when the last speaker finishes testimony or at 12:00 noon, whichever comes first. The DHS Louis Pasteur Building is accessible to the handicapped. Individuals with hearing impairments may request an interpreter’s presence by calling 711 or RI Relay at 1-800-745-6575 (Voice) or 1-800-745-5555 (TTY). Requests for this service must be make at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing date.

DHS does not discriminate against individuals based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religious belief, political belief or handicap.

Proposed Adoption of 2022 Low Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP) State Plan

In accordance to Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) 42-35, notice is hereby given that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes the State Plan for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Block Grant that is funded through the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

This proposed State Plan is accessible below or available in hard copy upon request by calling (401) 462-6424. A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed plan on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the West Wing Conference Room at DHS, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Building #57, Cranston, RI 02920. Anyone wishing to testify may do so by attending the meeting.

You may submit written testimony by Monday, August 16, 2021 to Deirdre Weedon via mail to DHS, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Building #57, Cranston RI 02920 or by email deirdre.weedon@dhs.ri.gov.

The hearing will begin at 1:00 PM and will conclude when the last speaker finishes testimony or at 2:30 PM, whichever comes first. DHS is accessible to the handicapped. Individuals with hearing impairments may request an interpreter’s presence by calling 711 or RI Relay at 1-800-745-6575 (Voice) or 1-800-745-5555 (TTY). Requests for this service must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing date.

DHS does not discriminate against individuals based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religious belief, political belief or handicap.

Proposed Amendments to Group Family Child Care Home Regulations for Licensure

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

DHS hereby proposes to file a Direct Final Rule to amend the Group Family Child Care Home Regulations for Licensure. 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:

§  7.3.7(F)-Added Family Engagement section

This proposed rule is accessible on the R.I. Secretary of State website (https://rules.sos.ri.gov/regulations/part/218-70-00-7) as well as below or available in hard copy upon request by calling (401) 462-2018 or RI Relay by dialing 711.

If no formal objection is received on or before September 2, 2021, DHS 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., 3rd fl., 25 Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920 or tara.borges@dhs.ri.gov and must be received no  later than 11:59 PM September 2, 2021.

DHS 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.

Public Notice of Proposed DHS State Plan

In accordance Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) 42-35 and 42 USC 9008, notice is hereby given that the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes the following DHS State Plan:

CCDF 2022-24 State Plan

The Child Care Development Fund Grant is funded through the Administration for Children and Families. The CCDF State Plan serves as Rhode Island’s application for CCDF funds by providing a description of, and assurance about, the state’s child care program (CCAP) and all services available to eligible families. The CCDF program also provides funding to enhance the quality of child care for all children.

In the development of this State Plan, consideration was given to the following: (1) alternative approaches; and (2) overlap or duplication with other statutory and regulatory provisions. No alternative approach or duplication or overlap was identified based upon available information. This proposed plan is accessible below or available in hard copy upon request by calling (401) 462-1669 or RI Relay by dialing 711.

A remote public hearing to consider the proposed CCDF 2022-24 State Plan was held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 via a Zoom meeting.

DHS does not discriminate against individuals based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religious belief, political belief or handicap.