Proposed Rules and Regulations

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 proposes the following changes:

  • Updated Federally mandated increases to the SNAP allotments, the standard deduction, the homeless shelter expense, the excess shelter deduction, the standard utility allowance, the unearned income threshold and the minimum monthly benefit.
  • 1.2.2 A(1)(b) - Added and identified a fourth category to the Special Household definition.
  • 1.4.13 A(9) - Added language that clarified the Student Eligibility Requirement to better align with Federal policy.
  • §§ 1.5.2, 1.5.3, § 1.5.5, and § 1.13 - Added Substantial Lottery and Gambling Winnings language per Federal policy pertaining to income, excluded income, and resources.
  • 1.5.7 - Clarified language regarding medical expense deductions.
  • 1.9 - Added an additional category to Intentional Program Violations per Federal regulation.
  • 1.11.4 - Updated transportation allowance amount and removed dependent care cost limit.
  • 1.15.1(D)(4)(a) - removed the $1,$3,$5 allotment reference per Federal regulation.
  • 1.16 - Added Fraud referral procedure, struck duplicative EBT language.

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 November 29, 2019, 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, 25 Howard Avenue, Bldg. 57 Cranston, RI 02920 or emailed to Karen Vartebedian and must be received not later than 11:59 PM Friday, November 29, 2019.

2020-2021 Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG)

The Community Services Block Grant provides funds to the State of Rhode Island and, in turn, Community Action Agencies to address reduction of poverty, revitalization of low-income communities, and empowerment of low-income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient. Rhode Island’s Community Services Block Grant is administered by the Department of Human Services.

This proposed state plan is accessible on the DHS website or available in hard copy upon request (401) 462-1669. A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed plan on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the RI Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, Building #57, 25 Howard Avenue, 1st Floor Room #110, Cranston, RI 02920 in the West Wing Conference Room. Persons wishing to testify may do so by signing up at the hearing or by submitting written testimony by Friday, August 9, 2019 to Frederick Sneesby, Department of Human Services, Building #57, 25 Howard Avenue, Cranston RI 02920, or email to Frederick Sneesby.

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 RI Department of Human Services, 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.

2020 Social Services Block Grant (SSBG)

The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is funded through the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of Social Services Block Grant funding is “to furnish services directed at the goals of:

  • (1) achieving or maintaining economic self-support to prevent, reduce, or eliminate dependency;
  • (2) achieving or maintaining self-sufficiency, including reduction or prevention of dependency;
  • (3) preventing or remedying neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children and adults unable to protect their own interests, or preserving, rehabilitating or reuniting families;
  • (4) preventing or reducing inappropriate institutional care by providing for community-based care, home-based care, or other forms of less intensive care; and
  • (5) securing referral or admission for institutional care when other forms of care are not appropriate, or providing services to individuals in institutions.”

This proposed intended use plan for SSBG funds for the federal fiscal year 2020 is accessible on the DHS website or available in hard copy upon request (401) 462-1669. A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed plan on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the RI Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, Building #57, 25 Howard Avenue, 1st Floor Room #110, Cranston, RI 02920 in the West Wing Conference Room. Persons wishing to testify may do so by signing up at the hearing or by submitting written testimony by Friday, August 9, 2019 to Frederick Sneesby, Social Services Block Grant Administrator, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, Building #57, 25 Howard Avenue, Cranston RI 02920, or email to Frederick Sneesby.

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

2020 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Block Grant is funded through the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the LIHEAP program is to assist Rhode Island’s income eligible households meet the increasing cost of home energy and reduce the severity of an energy related crisis. Funds are also used to improve the energy efficiency of income eligible homes. Rhode Island’s LIHEAP is administered by the Department of Human Services. LIHEAP intake and outreach is provided by local Community Action Agencies (CAP).

This proposed state plan is accessible on the DHS website or available in hard copy upon request, (401) 462-6424. A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed plan on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the RI Department of Human Services Louis Pasteur Building (Bldg. # 57), 25 Howard Ave. 1st Floor, Cranston, RI 02920 in the West Wing Conference Room. Persons wishing to testify may do so by signing up at the hearing or by submitting written testimony by Friday, August 9, 2019 to Deirdre Weedon, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 25 Howard Avenue, Cranston RI 02920, or email to Deirdre Weedon.

The Hearing will begin at 3:00 PM and will conclude when the last speaker finishes testimony or at 4:00 PM, whichever comes first. The RI Department of Human Services, 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.