Proposed Rules and Regulations

RICR Title 218 - Rhode Island Department of Human Services
Chapter 20 - Individual and Family Support Programs
Part 03 General Public Assistance Program (GPA)

    • Clarification of the types of assistance provided under GPA
    • Removal of internal procedures and processes from the rule as well as outdated or irrelevant information
    • Change to the time period for providing an eligibility decision and for providing verifying documentation from thirty (30) days to (45) forty-five days
    • Addition of clarifying language
    • Removal of the section relating to earned income from wages as this is not applicable to GPA applicants who are unable to work due to a disability
    • Reformatting and renumbering of the rules as required by RI General Laws, Section 42-35-2.11

This proposed rule is accessible through the RI Secretary of State's Proposed Rules and Regulations Database Search or available in hard copy upon request (401-462-2018). Interested persons should submit data, views or written comments between Tuesday, March 7, 2017 and Thursday, April 6, 2017 to Bethany Caputo, Office of Policy Development, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, Bldg. 57, Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920, or email to Bethany Caputo.

In Accordance with RIGL 42-35-3, an oral hearing will be granted if requested by twenty-five (25) persons, by an agency or by an association having at least twenty-five (25) members. A request for an oral hearing must be made within thirty (30) days of this notice (between Tuesday, March 7, 2017 and Thursday, April 6, 2017).

Rhode Island Department of Human Services
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Sections 1000 through 1083

The Department is proposing rule-making to repeal the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Sections 1000 through 1083 rule. This rule is being repealed due to significant formatting changes required by RI General Laws, Section 42-35-2.11 and reorganization of the rule. A revised version of the rule will be adopted (see proposed rule for 218-RICR-20-00-01).

RICR Title 218- Rhode Island Department of Human Services
CHAPTER 20 – Individual and Family Support Programs
PART 01 – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Department is proposing rule-making to adopt the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program rule (218-RICR-20-00-01). This rule is being adopted due to significant formatting changes (as required by RI General Laws, Section 42-35-2.11) and reorganization of the previous version of the rule, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Sections 1000 through 1083, which will be repealed. Additional changes made to the rule include:

    • Redundancies, internal procedures and outdated information have been removed such as:
      • Removal of examples;
      • Removal of references to specific job titles;
      • Removal of the Section relating to interfaces;
      • Removal of examples of SAVE documents;
      • Removal of the section on Hispanic and Asian names;
      • Removal of the section relating to Protective Services for Children;
      • Removal of the sections relating to organization of the case record;
      • Changed references from the Fraud Unit to the Fraud Detection & Prevention Unit;
      • Removed or revised references which combined the Fraud/CCR Units
    • Further defined the term “fleeing felon” to align with federal regulations (§ 1.2.5(2)(g))
    • Updated the rule to reflect that households comprised of all elderly or disabled members are not required to participate in an interview at recertification (§ 1.3.4(A) and § 1.7(A)(1))
    • Updated the rule to reflect that the agency’s waiver to delay the interview for households that qualify for expedited service (§ 1.3.9(C)(1)(a) and § 1.3.9(C)(1)(b))
    • Changed the timeframes relating to reapplication after noncooperation with Quality Control to align with federal regulations (§ 1.4.6 and § 1.11)
    • Updated the name of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (§ 1.5.2(A)(1)(a)(6), § 1.5.2(A)(1)(a)(8), § 1.5.3(A)(8)(e), and § 1.11.9(D)(1))
    • Updated the rule to reflect that housing/shelter, utility and dependent care expenses are not required to be verified unless questionable. The agency will accept the household’s declaration relating to these expenses (§ 1.5.7(A)(6)(d)(2), § 1.5.7(C)(2)(i)(1), § 1.5.7(C)(2)(i)(2))
    • Updated the income change reporting requirements, now requiring households to report only when there is a change in wage rate or salary, or a change in full-time or part-time employment status (otherwise known as status reporting) (§ 1.13.1(A)(1)(d) and § 1.13.2(B)(8)(c))
    • Updated the change reporting requirement for change reporting households for unearned income from $50 to $100 (§ 1.13.1(A)(1)(d)(3))
    • Updated the rule to align with federal regulations relating to acting on “unclear information” during the certification period (§ 1.13.1(E))
    • Updated the rule to allow for reinstatement of cases that close due to failure to submit an interim report form if the household submits a complete form within 30 days of case closure, the households benefits shall be reinstated (if otherwise eligible) without requiring a new application (§ 1.13.2(B)(7))
    • Added language stating that RI uses a “fixed clock” to calculate countable months for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD’s) (§ 1.11.9(A)(3))
    • Removed language from the rule that would make the entire household ineligible to participate in SNAP if the head of household failed to comply with the work requirement or voluntarily quit a job (§ 1.11.5 and § 1.11.8)
    • Updated the “voluntary quit” provisions to remove language stating that the entire household is ineligible if the head of household quits a job without good cause. (§ 1.11.8)
    • Also, updated the disqualification periods for failure to comply with the work requirements and “voluntary quit” to adhere to federal regulations (see § 1.11.5(B))

These proposed rules are accessible through the RI Secretary of State's Proposed Rules and Regulations Database Search, on the DHS website or available in hard copy upon request (401-462-2018 or RI Relay, dial 711). Interested persons should submit data, views or written comments between the date on this notice and Saturday, July 8, 2017 to Bethany Caputo, Office of Policy Development, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, Bldg. 57, Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920, or email to Bethany.Caputo@dhs.ri.gov.