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About Us

Who Are We

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services works hand-in-hand with community partners and resources throughout Rhode Island to offer critical benefits and programs to all Rhode Islanders. Under the leadership of Director Courtney E. Hawkins, DHS serves more than 318,000 families, adults, children, elders, individuals with disabilities and veterans every year to have a lasting, positive impact on their lives and the State’s health and future.

More specifically, DHS is an organization of opportunity, giving a lifeline with a full continuum of services to ensure:

    • Families are strong, productive, healthy, and independent.
    • Adults are healthy and reach their maximum potential.
    • Children are safe, healthy, ready to learn and reach their full potential.
    • Elders and individuals with disabilities receive a full continuum of services to enhance their quality of life.
    • Veterans are cared for and honored.
RI Department of Human Services
  • Executive Office
    Louis Pasteur Building
    57 Howard Avenue
    Cranston, Rhode Island 02920
    Phone: 401-462-2121