Proposed Rules and Regulations

RICR Title 218 - Rhode Island Department of Human Services
CHAPTER 40 – Division of Elderly Affairs
Part 03 – Rules, Regulations, and Standards Governing Security for Housing for the Elderly

    • Update language to reflect that Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs is now housed within the Department of Human Services
    • Remove language of old process for appeals and replace with Language referencing appeals through Executive Office of Health and Human Services
    • Removal of Appendix A, a template for the Safety and Security Plan– Annual Report
    • 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 Secretary of State Website or available in hard copy upon request (401-462-2018 or for RI Relay, dial 711). If no formal objection is received on or before Monday, May 1, 2017, the Department of Human Services will file the amendment without opportunity for public comment. All written objections should be sent 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 and must be received not later than 11:59 PM on Monday, April 1, 2017.

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    • Removal of internal procedures and processes from the rule as well as outdated or irrelevant information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 Secretary of State Website 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).

Advanced Notice of Direct Final Rule-Making
Sections 0699 General Public Assistance (GPA) Medical Coverage
GPA Provider Reference Manaual

The GPA Provider reference manual for GPA Medical Coverage will be repealed. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, individuals previously eligible for GPA medical are eligible to enroll in Medicaid through Rhode Island’s Health Insurance Exchange. As a result, the GPA Provider Reference Manual for GPA Medical Coverage is no longer necessary.

This proposed rule is accessible on the Secretary of State Website or available in hard copy upon request (401-462-2018 or for RI Relay, dial 711). If no formal objection is received on or before Saturday, April 22, 2017, the Department of Human Services will file the amendment without opportunity for public comment. All written objections should be sent 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 and must be received not later than 11:59 PM on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

RICR Title 218 - Rhode Island Department of Human Services
CHAPTER 40 – Division of Elderly Affairs
Part 05 – Rules, Regulations, and Standards for Certification of Case Management Agencies

Effective May 2017, the department proposes the following changes:

    • Update language to reflect that Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs is now housed within the Department of Human Services
    • Remove language of old process for appeals and replace with language referencing appeals through Executive Office of Health and Human Services
    • Separate and clarify Service Delivery Requirements as they relate to HOme and Community Care and Adult Protective Service programs
    • Reformatting and renumbering of the rules as required by RI General Laws, Section 42-35-2.11
    • Remove Division of Elderly Affairs oversight in regards to construction and renovation of facilities
    • Updated personnel requirements as they pertain to who can be a case manager and case management supervisor
    • Update language regarding deficiencies and plans of corrective action

This proposed rule is accessible on the Secretary of State 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 Friday April 14, 2017 and Sunday, May 14, 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 .

RICR Title 218 - Rhode Island Department of Human Services
CHAPTER 40 – Division of Elderly Affairs
Part 01 – Rules and Regulations Governing the Long Term Care Ombudsperson Program

Effective May 2017, the department proposes the following changes:

    • Remove language of old process for appeals and replace with language referencing appeals through Executive Office of Health and Human Services
    • Reformatting and renumbering of the rules as required by RI General Laws, Section 42-35-2.11.

This proposed rule is accessible on the 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 Friday, May 19, 2017, the Department of Human Services will file the amendment without opportunity for public comment. All written objections should be sent 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 and must be received not later than 11:59 pm on Friday, May 19, 2017.