Proposed Rules and Regulations

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.