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The Department of Human Services offers a wide range of programs, services, and benefits to Rhode Islanders. Economic Supports include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Medicaid eligibility; RIWorks; the Child-Care Assistance Program (CCAP); Long-Term Care; the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP); General Public Assistance; and Federal Community and Social Services Block Grants. The Office of Child Support Services establishes paternity, locates parents, and creates, changes, and enforces child support orders. The Office of Rehabilitation Services manages vocational rehabilitation, disability determination, and services for the blind and visually impaired.
The Division of Elderly Affairs administers nutrition, information, home care, and protective services for elders. The Division of Veterans Affairs helps veterans through the RI Veterans Home, Veterans Services, and the RI Veterans Cemetery.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) offers resources and creates opportunities for families, adults, children, elders, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. People can get information and access services by visiting a DHS field office or the DHS website.Visit http://www.dhs.ri.gov/ for more info.
Under state law, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) serves as “the principal agency of the executive branch of state government” (R.I.G.L. §42-7.2-2) responsible for managing the departments of: Health (DOH); Human Services (DHS); Children, Youth and Families (DCYF); and Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (DBDDH). Last year, these agencies provided direct services to nearly 306,000 Rhode Islanders as well as an array of regulatory, protective and health promotion services to our communities. Health and human services and benefits represent $3.1 billion spending per year, or over forty percent of the entire state budget. The EOHHS is designated by state law as the Medicaid single state agency and, in this capacity, administers the State’s major publicly funded health care program. RI Medicaid, as the program is known, provides health coverage to low income uninsured adults, families with children, and elders and persons with disabilities and special needs that otherwise might not be able to afford or obtain the services and supports they need to lead healthy, safe and independent lives.Visit http://www.eohhs.ri.gov/ for more info.