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 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

In accordance with Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) 42-35, as amended (specifically Section 42-35.2.11 of the Administrative Procedures Act) and pursuant to the provisions of Chapters 40-6-8 of the General Laws of Rhode Island as amended, the Department of Human Services (DHS) hereby proposes to file 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 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to implement the following, per Federal Regulations:

  • 1.2.4 (B)(1) - Amended reference number
  • 1.5.1 (H)(1)(b) - Amended reference number
  • 1.5.3 (A)(8)(g)((7)) - Amended and revised paragraph by adding the word “ supervised” per Federal regulation
  • 1.9 (A)(3) - Amended Federal statute reference
  • 1.9 (A)(3)(a) - Amended language to align with Federal policy
  • 1.11 (A)(2) - Amended and revised paragraph to align with Federal regulation
  • 1.11 (A)(2)(b) - Added language to include when a household member is considered registered for work
  • 1.11.1 (C)(1)(a) - Added the word “calendar” 1.11.2 (A) - Removed the word “mandatory” for work registrant
  • 1.11.2 (A)(5) - Added the new work registrant requirement of case management compliance per Federal regulation
  • 1.11.3- Added Federal provisions pertaining to the Employment and Training program
  • 1.11.5 (C)(3) - Added additional good cause circumstance for work registrants
  • 1.11.9 (C)(3) - Modified work program definition per Federal regulation
  • 1.11.9 (C)(4) - Added veteran work program per Federal regulation
  • 1.20 (A) - Amended section by renumbering section, adding pandemic flexibilities and removing the word “mandatory”
  • 1.23 (A)(1) - Amended language to align with Federal policy

This proposed rule is accessible on the R.I. Secretary of State website (https://rules.sos.ri.gov/regulations/part/218-20-00-1), on the Department of Human Services website (https://dhs.ri.gov/regulations/proposed-rules-and-regulations) or available in hard copy upon request (401-462-2018 or RI Relay, dial 711). If no formal objection is received on or before August 1, 2021, 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, or [email protected] .

Proposed Amendments to General Public Assistance

In accordance with Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) 42-35, as amended (specifically Section 42-35.2.11 of the Administrative Procedures Act) and pursuant to the provisions of Chapters 40-6-8 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 3 – General Public Assistance Program

Effective June 17, 2021, the Department proposes the following changes:

  • Added new: 3.1.B - Type of assistance, GPA hardship Removed existing: 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8
  • Removed language "because of disability" from 3.17.1 (C)(3), now in 3.2(A)(4)(c)
  • Updated: 3.18.4 Exemption of Automobiles to remove value, now 3.2.4(B)(2)
  • Updated: 3.18.17 Exemption of liquid assets to raise asset limit from $400 to $3500, now 3.2.4(B)(5)
  • Added: 3.3 Hardship

The Department of Human Services does not anticipate the rule to be controversial and does not anticipate any objections to these proposed regulations.

This proposed rule is accessible on the R.I. Secretary of State 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 July 17, 2021, 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 Development, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building #57, 25 Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920 or email to [email protected] and must be received no later than July 17, 2021.

A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed amendments for the General Public Assistance Program on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm online via Zoom.

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Passcode: 245635

Dial in 1-646-558-8656.

Individuals with hearing impairments may request an interpreter’s presence by calling 711 or Relay RI 1-800-745-6575 (Voice) and 1-800-745-555 (TDD). Requests for this service must be made at least seventy two (72) hours in advance of the hearing date.

Interested persons should submit data, views or written comments by July 7, 2021 to Karen Vartebedian, Department of Human Services, Office of Policy Development, Louis Pasteur Building, Bldg. #57, 25 Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920, or email to [email protected].

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.

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 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 on the DHS website (http://www.dhs.ri.gov) or available in hard copy upon request (401 462-1669 or RI Relay, dial 711).

A remote public hearing will be held to consider the proposed CCDF 2022-24 State Plan will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm via a Zoom meeting (log in information below). Persons wishing to testify at the hearing may be scheduled do so by emailing Hannah Hansen by 2 pm on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Persons may also testify by submitting written testimony by Monday, June 21, 2021 to Hannah Hansen, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Cranston RI 02920, or email to Hannah Hansen.

The Hearing will begin at 5:00 pm and will conclude when the last speaker finishes testimony or at 7:00 pm, whichever comes first. If no one joins the Zoom call by 5:15 pm, the call will be ended. Those without access to a computer to participate in the Zoom hearing may participate by telephone.

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Individuals with hearing impairments may request an interpreter’s presence by calling 711 or Relay RI 1-800-745-6575 (Voice) and 1-800-745-555 (TDD). Requests for this service must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the Hearing date.

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.