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 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 Amendment to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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

DHS hereby proposes to file a Direct Final Rule to amend the following Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 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:

  • 1.16 (E) Amended language per Federal regulation pertaining to the expungement of benefits after 9 months of inactivity.
  • Added the immediate expungement of benefits upon the verification of all deceased household members.
  • Notification will be provided to households prior to any expungements.

This proposed rule is accessible on the R.I. Secretary of State website (https://rules.sos.ri.gov/regulations/part/218-20-00-1), below on this page and 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 12, 2021, DHS 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, 25 Howard Avenue, Bldg. #57, Cranston, RI 02920 or [email protected] and must be received no later than 11:59 PM September 12, 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 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 [email protected].

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 [email protected] 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.

Proposed Amendments to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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

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) 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 August 1, 2021, DHS 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 (GPA)

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

DHS 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 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 July 17, 2021, DHS 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 to consider the proposed amendments for the General Public Assistance Program was held online on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 via Zoom.

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.