Rhode Island Works Program Rules and Regulations, Section 1400 through 1436


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Title 218 Department of Human Services
Chapter 20 Individual and Family Support Programs
Subchapter 00 N/A
Part 2 Rhode Island Works Program Rules and Regulations, Section 1400 through 1436
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Inactive
Effective 05/02/2011 to 05/02/2011

Regulation Authority:

RIGL 40-5.2, 40-6

Purpose and Reason:

This amended rule includes revisions to increase initial hardship extensions to be granted in six month increments with additional three month increments available if eligibility for hardship exists (lifting the twelve (12) month cap on hardship extensions), as well provides clarification on hardship criteria and procedures for RIW applicants/recipients. This rule provides guidance for recipients to claim good cause for lack of compliance with employment plans while in hardship as well as provides guidance to recipients for good faith efforts to demonstrate compliance. Collaborative language was added to support interdepartmental collaboration with developing plans with families that support individual work readiness as well as vocational needs. Language was added to further define cooperation with the Office of Child Support Services when assistance is requested for an eligible child. Revisions further include language to support the referral of ineligible parents/relative caretakers due to lack of citizenship/immigrant status to the International Institute as an approved activity to determine whether or not there is a pathway to legal status. Procedures for the replacement of EBT cards, exclusion of Federal EITC and tax refund consistent with PL 111-312, recovery of overpayments and timeframes for adverse actions were clarified. The definition section has been revised to include a detailed definition of homeless and guidance around determining homelessness.