State Government Press Releases

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03/30/2020
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On March 29, 2020, the State announced it is now mandating, and no longer just advising, all child care providers (centers and families) to close. As a result, the Department of Human Services suspended all child care licenses issued pursuant to R.I. General Laws 42-12.5-1 et...
03/27/2020
The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) continues to do its part to serve DHS customers during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. To support Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and their families, the Department worked with the federal government to...
03/25/2020
Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the RI Department of Human Services announced three initiatives recently to help workers who may need child care during coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Starting March 24, 2020, workers (not just frontline workers as was initially announced) looking for child care can...
03/23/2020
On March 18, 2020, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act implementing several initiatives to help mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19. As a result of this legislation, the following are changes to the ABAWD policy. SNAP recipients who are age 18 through 49 who are...
03/20/2020
The RI Department of Human Services (DHS) is committed to helping its customers get the resources they need while the State responds to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). If more is needed beyond what can be received with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance benefits, here...
03/20/2020
CRANSTON, RI - The RI Department of Human Services (DHS) has been working to ensure we can serve our shared customers under the unusual and ever-changing time of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Below are some of the steps we've taken to maintain benefits and supports to our vulnerable neighbors while...
03/16/2020
As news about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to develop, I want share with you the steps we are taking at the RI Department of Human Services to prepare and keep you connected to the services and benefits you need. The Governor announced in an afternoon press conference on Monday,
03/16/2020
In an abundance of caution, the State of RI is now advising all child care programs (both family child care and center-based providers) to close effective March 16, 2020, for the week. Child care providers were notified over the weekend. We understand the impact this will have on working families,...
03/16/2020
As news about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to develop, I want to share with you the steps we are taking at the RI Department of Human Services to prepare and keep you connected to the services and benefits you need. I want to stress that the health and safety of our customers...
03/02/2020
Visit the Rhode Island Department of Health's dedicated website (link below to health.ri.gov/ncov) for the latest news and resources on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Available in multiple languages, the news and...