Proposed Rules, Regulations & Upcoming Hearings

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 Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) 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 following DHS State Plan: 2022 Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). 

A public hearing conducted by DHS will be held to consider the proposed plan on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 10:00 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 Friday, April 29, 2022 to Julie Capobianco, WAP Program Manager, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Building #57, Cranston RI 02920, or by emailing the testimony to julie.capobianco@dhs.ri.gov

The hearing will begin at 10:00 A.M. and will conclude when the last speaker finishes testimony or at 12:00 P.M., 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.

Proposed Adoption of the Rules and Regulations Governing the Early Childhood Care and Education Fund

RICR Title 218 – Rhode Island Department of Human Services

Chapter 70 – Office of Child Care Licensing

Part 12 – Rules and Regulations Governing the Early Childhood Care and Education Fund

In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the Department of Human Services is advertising the following proposed new DHS rule. This rule is being developed in compliance with state and federal law and good practice. The Department proposes the following:

These new rules and regulations govern the Rhode Island Early Childhood Care and Education Capital Fund, which was a legislatively referred bond question and was approved at a Special Election on March 2, 2021. The approval authorized the state to issue bonds in an amount no to exceed $15 million for physical improvements to and development of licensed early childhood care and education facilities through an Early Childhood Care and Education Capital Fund.

Early learning centers and public school buildings suffer from deferred maintenance. Early Childhood Facilities Needs Assessment indicate that more than half of buildings used for early childhood classrooms were in “poor” condition, and the majority of outdoor play spaces posed significant safety concerns. This funding would be distributed through small grants for urgent health and safety needs and provide for quality improvement and reconfiguration of space; a larger pool to address the creation or rehabilitation of vacant or blighted properties to create new, high quality spaces; and a set aside for intensive project technical support, training and compliance.

A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed rule on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 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 May 13, 2022 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.

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.

Proposed Amendments to Rhode Island Works Rules and Regulations

In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the Department of Human Services is advertising the following proposed and amended DHS rule:

RICR Title 218 – Rhode Island Department of Human Services 

Chapter 20 – Individual and Family Support Programs 

Part 2 – Rhode Island Works Program Rules and Regulations 

This rule is being amended in compliance with State and Federal law and good practice. The proposed changes to this Rule are contained in the Notice to Interested Parties, the Public Notice, and the Proposed Rhode Island Works Rules and Regulations. Effective December 6, 2021, the Department has posted this Amendment for public comment. Data, views or written comments will be accepted throughout the comment period or until January 5, 2022.

Proposed Amendments to Child Care Assistance Program 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 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 20 – Individual and Family Support Programs

Part 4 – Child Care Assistance Program Rules and Regulations

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.

A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed amendments on Tuesday, December 14, 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 31, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.