Proposed Rules and Regulations

EMERGENCY FILING

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

In accordance with Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) 42-35, the Department of Human Services (DHS) hereby proposes the following emergency amendment to the following program: RICR 218-20-00-01

This amendment is being filed to implement federally mandated increases to the income eligibility standards, the standard income deduction, the maximum snap allotment amounts, the excess shelter deduction and the standard utility allowance updated for fiscal year 2018-2019 no later than 10/1/18.

Imminent Peril Reason: Failure to implement these changes result in the violation of the federal mandate and the risk of fines and/or loss of federal funding.

For changes effective September 26, 2018, see the Proposed Rules and Regulations for this rule.

EMERGENCY FILING

Child Care Assistance Program Rules and Regulations

In accordance with Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) 42-35, the Department of Human Services (DHS) hereby proposes the following emergency amendment to the following program: RICR 218-20-00-04

Imminent Peril Reason:

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 was enacted into law on November 19, 2014 and reauthorized the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). The Administration of Children and Families requires that all elements of the 2014 Reauthorization be implemented no later than October 1, 2018. This amendment will implement the remaining changes not yet addressed in previous updates. It is imperative to fulfill the requirements of the Federal Re-Authorization in order to avoid violation of the mandate and to avoid risk of federal funding. In addition, this amendment will ensure alignment with the Rhode Island State Plan for Child Care.

For changes effective September 27, 2018, see the Proposed Rules and Regulations for this rule (below). Below, is a summary of the substantive policy changes:

    • School hours: redefined to be from 9:30a-1:30p, instead of 9a-2p.
    • The grace period for job loss was increased from 21 days to 3 months and will be applied if the loss in status of employment, education or training occurs when there is less than 3 months of the 12-month certification period remaining
    • 2018 FPL application to the CCAP Income Guidelines
    • Removal of Provider Weekly Reimbursement rates with reference/link to separate document
    • Removal of RIW payments as countable income
    • Addition of RIW payments to the Excluded Income definition
    • Implemented the requirement that License exempt providers are to care for relatives only per the Federal Regulation
    • Clarified that RIW recipients receiving CCAP are to have zero co-pays, unless the RIW is for an LP who is not part of the RIW unit
    • Implemented a zero co-pay for homeless families applying for CCAP
    • Implemented that CCAP Providers may enroll a homeless child prior to receipt of the immunization record and/or completion of other health and safety requirements
    • Implemented that DHS will pay for up to 90 days of child care service provided while an application for a homeless family is pending, even if the application is ultimately denied for lack of verification or eligibility
    • Implemented that CCAP Providers will dis-enroll a homeless child when the requirement to provide the immunization record and/or the completion of other health and safety requirements have not been met by day 90 of the enrollment
    • Increased the limit of days for which DHS will issue payment for an absent eligible child from two weeks in a 12 month period to 5 days per month
    • Removed the CCAP Maximum Weekly Reimbursement Rates chart in 4.13 and replaced it with a link. DHS does not set provider reimbursement rates, but simply applies them. As such, reimbursement rates are not dictated by the CCAP Policy

*The original filing of this amendment was removed. A new amendment will be filed and will include a new comment period.*

RICR Title 218 – Rhode Island Department of Human Services
Chapter 20 – Individual and Family Support Programs
Part 1 – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the Department of Human Services (DHS) hereby proposes to adopt an amendment for the following program:

  • Reformatting and recodification of the rules as required by RI General Laws, Section 42-35-2.11
  • Addition of Student Eligibility Requirements – Section 1.4.13

This proposed rule is accessible on the Secretary of State website, available in hard copy upon request (401-462-2018 or RI Relay, dial 711), and can be found on this page (see attachments below). If no formal objection is received on or before September 30, 2018, the Department of Human Services will file the amendment without opportunity for public comment. All written objections should be sent to Kristen Grosso, Office of Policy Development, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, Bldg. 57, Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920 or kristen.grosso@dhs.ri.gov and must be received not later than 11:59 PM Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Proposed Direct Final Rule
Individual and Family Support Programs
Refugee 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 a Direct Final Rule for the following program: 0900 Refugee Assistance Program.

For changes effective October 2018, see the Proposed Rules and Regulations.

This proposed rule is accessible on the Secretary of State website, available in hard copy upon request (401-462-2018 or RI Relay, dial 711), and can be found on this page (see attachments below). If no formal objection is received on or before September 30, 2018, the Department of Human Services will file the amendment without opportunity for public comment. All written objections should be sent to Christina Clement, Office of Policy Development, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 57 Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920 or Christina Clement and must be received no later than 11:59 PM Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Proposed Adoption of LIHEAP State Plan

In accordance to Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) 42-35, notice is hereby given that the Department of Human services proposes the State Plan for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Block Grant which 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) 462-1669. A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed plan on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 10:00AM at the RI Department of Human Services Louis Pasteur Building, 57 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 24, 2018 to Frederick Sneesby, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 57 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 12:00 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.

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 is proposing an Intended Use Plan for Social Services Block Grant funds for the federal fiscal year 2019. A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed plan on August 23, 2018, 2:00 PM at the RI Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, Building 57, 57 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 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 to Frederick Sneesby, Social Services Block Grant Administrator, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 57 Howard Avenue, Cranston RI 02920, or email to Frederick Sneesby.

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 state plan is accessible on the DHS website or available in hard copy upon request (401) 462-1669. The hearing will begin at 2:00 P.M. and will conclude when the last speaker finishes testimony or at 4:00 P.M., 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.

Amendment - 1400 RI Works Program

In accordance with Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) 42-35-3(a)(a) of General Laws, the Department of Human Services (DHS) hereby proposes and amendment to the following program: 1400 RIWorks Program.

For changes effective August 2018, see the Notice of Adoption for this rule.

This proposed rule is accessible on the Secretary of State Proposed Rules and Regulations database, available in hard copy upon request (401-462-2018 or RI Relay, dial 711) or from the DHS website (see attachments below). If no formal objection is received on or before August 27, 2018, the Department of Human Services will file the amendment without opportunity for public comment. All written objections should be sent to Kristen Grosso, Office of Policy Development, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, Bldg. 57, Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920 or Kristen Grosso and must be received not later than 11:59 PM Monday, August 27, 2018.

Public Meeting for Review of the RI State Plan for Child Care Assistance

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services will conduct a public meeting to allow interested groups, organizations and all segments of the public an opportunity to comment on the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan. The meeting will provide a forum to provide input to the State Plan.

The proposed State Plan is available in hard copy upon request (401 462-3015 or RI Relay, dial 711) or from the DHS website (see attachments below). A public meeting will be held to consider the proposed Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Louis Pasteur Building, 57 Howard Ave., Cranston, RI 02920 in the West Wing Conference room. If you wish to testify at the June 13 hearing, you can sign up at the door or in advance by emailing Christina Clement. You can submit written testimony through June 15 to Christina by the email adress above or by mailing to: Christina Clement, Office of Policy Development, RI Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 57 Howard Ave., Cranston, RI 02920.