State Government Press Releases

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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...
02/24/2020
For most people, there is no time limit for how long residents can receive SNAP benefits, yet federal rules do limit this food assistance to 3 months in a 36-month period for people age 18 through 49 who are able to work and have no dependents, also known as ABAWDs. Federal regulations allow State...
02/03/2020
State Medicaid Programs are no longer required to send out Form Ten Ninety-Five B (1095B) for Medicaid enrollees. This is due to the changes in the federal mandate requiring individuals to have healthcare coverage. Therefore, you will not be mailed a Form 1095B for tax year 2019. If you still...
12/23/2019
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has recently added two additional resources to further help our customers and others assisting our customers with the benefits and programs they need to thrive at home, work and in the community. If you are helping a loved one or resident living in your...
10/22/2019
October 22, 2019 WARNING: DHS was notified today by a customer that he had received a telephone call from a person whose Caller ID number reflected the DHS toll free number (1-855-697-4347). The caller may have identified themselves as working for DHS, and attempted to obtain personal and...
10/11/2019
The RI Department of Human Services was successful this year with getting legislation passed that eliminates a 24-month time limit in our Rhode Island Works (RIW) program. Rhode Island Works is the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, a federal block grant that gives...
09/27/2019
The Department of Human Services Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) is offering a daylong child support training entitled "Navigating the Child Support System" on Friday, October 25, 2019. The training will provide an overview of the child support program, including but not limited to:...