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* Due to unforeseen circumstances, the public hearing to consider the proposed rules for DCYF Family Child Care Home and Group Family Child Care Home licensing regulations for July 28, 2014 at the DaVinci Center has been postponed. Further information will be shared as it becomes available.

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* The Department of Children, Youth and Families has been working with the Center for Health Care Strategies on Improving the Use of Psychotropic Medication among Children and Youth in Foster Care: A Quality Improvement Collaborative. The focus of the collaborative is to ensure the appropriate use of psychotropic medication for children in foster care.

One of the state goals for this initiative is to implement a psychotropic medication consent process that utilizes medical expertise from a consulting child and adolescent psychiatrist. To achieve this goal, the department has established a psychotropic medication review plan. The plan requires a department administrator to review and approve the use of these medications. Providers/Clinicians are required to submit a Request for Administrator Authorization form to obtain approval for youth who are in the guardianship of the department.

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* In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the following DCYF rule is effective on July 14, 2014: Special Education Services. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. These rules are also accessible through the Secretary of State's Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the following amended DCYF rules will be effective Jul 07, 2014. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the proposed rules. The rules are also accessible through the RI Secretary of State’s Proposed Rules and Regulations Database Search http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the Department is advertising for promulgation the following amended DCYF rules. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the proposed DCYF rule(s). These rules are also accessible through the Secretary of State's Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the Department is advertising for promulgation the following amended DCYF rules. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the proposed DCYF rules. These rules are also accessible through the Secretary of State's Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the following amended DCYF rule will be effective Apr 28, 2014. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the amended rule on Sexual Abuse Treatment for DCYF Involved Youth. The proposed rule is also accessible through the RI Secretary of State’s Proposed Rules and Regulations Database Search http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* Dr. Janice DeFrances, Director of the Department of Children, Youth and Families, is pleased to announce that this year's theme for the statewide campaign for Child Abuse Prevention is focused on presenting a positive approach to promoting public awareness. The theme, I love my child....

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* The following ammended policies are effective Feb 24, 2014. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the proposed rules. The proposed rule is also accessible through the RI Secretary of State’s Proposed Rules and Regulations Database Search http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* AM I ELIGIBLE FOR MONEY FOR COLLEGE OR A TRADE SCHOOL?: DCYF is excited to announce the availability of the DCYF Post Secondary Education Tuition Assistance Program (PETAP) for the 2014-15 academic year (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015).

Our application is completely web-based and must be completed online. This lets us send and receive information directly to the school each student identifies as their "selected school". Our priority deadline is March 1, 2014 but applications must be received by June 1, 2014 to be considered for an award. WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY APPLICATIONS AFTER JUNE 1, 2014.

You must complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before we can process your application. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov for the FAFSA.

To access the DCYF application, you must first go to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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* The following policies are effective December 02, 2013. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the new DCYF rules. These rules are also accessible through the RI Secretary of State’s Proposed Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* The following policies are effective November 11, 2013. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the new DCYF rules. These rules are also accessible through the Secretary of State's Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* The following policies are effective October 8th, 2013. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the new DCYF rules. These rules are also accessible through the Secretary of State's Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* The Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) in accordance with Federal Law and Regulations around the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is posting this notice to inform you of how we protect the privacy of your health information and when your information may be released to third parties.

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* In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the Department is promulgating the following final DCYF rules, effective July 10th, 2013. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the new and revised DCYF rules. These rules are also accessible through the Secretary of State's Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* The Department of Children, Youth and Families is hosting public forums for Family Child Care Home Regulations and Family Group Child Care Home Regulations. Read this document for details. Click the following links to view the documents for Group Family Child Care Home Regulations for Licensure and Family Child Care Home Regulations for Licensure.

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* Rhode Island One of Six "Supercommunities" Helping Traumatized Children.
Rhode Island has kicked off its efforts to transform social services across the state to being "trauma informed."

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* The following amended and adopted DCYF rules are effective January 22nd, 2013. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the amended and adopted DCYF rules. These rules are also accessible through the Secretary of State's Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* The following new and revised DCYF policies are effective October 2nd, 2012. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the new and revised DCYF rules. These rules are also accessible through the Secretary of State's Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* The following amended policy is effective on July 31, 2012, Obtaining Custody of Child Through the Dependent/ Neglected/Abused Petition.   The amended rule is also accessible through the RI Secretary of State’s Proposed Rules and Regulations Database Search http://www.rules.state.ri.us/rules/.

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* The following amended and repealed DCYF rules are effective April 26th, 2012. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the amended and repealed DCYF rules. These rules are also accessible through the Secretary of State's Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* The Department has completed the 3rd quarter Program Improvement Plan report and submitted it to our federal partners on March 27, 2012 for review and approval. The department has successfully completed all the benchmarks for action step 2.3: Improve use of kinship placements through Casey Peer T/A process.

The Q3 Report also includes the National Standards Measurement Plan and Quarterly Status Report, as well as, the Item-Specific and Quantitative Measurement Plan and Quarterly Status Report. Click here to view the PIP Quarter 3 Report.

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* The Department submitted its second quarterly PIP report to the Children’s Bureau on December 30th. The PIP contains five overall strategies and eight action steps. The Action Steps are:

Action Step 1.1: Formalize concurrent planning/ permanency goals in practice
Action Step 2.1: Strategically utilize Permanency Support Teams (PST)
Action Step 2.2: Establish a process for coordinated case reviews
Action Step 2.3: Improve use of kinship placements through Casey Peer T/A process
Action Step 2.4: Improve notice and opportunity to be heard for foster parents
Action Step 3.1: Implement consistent supervisory practice model.
Action Step 4.1: Implement Family Team Meetings
Action Step 5.1: Increase the availability and individualization of services

Each Action Step contains a number of benchmarks that need to be accomplished before the Action Step is considered to be completed. The PIP contains 41 benchmarks, of which the Department has accomplished 18 by the end of the second quarter.

Click the link to view the PIP Quarter 2 Report.

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* The following amended and repealed DCYF rules are effective December 09, 2011. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the amended and repealed DCYF rules. These rules are also accessible through the Secretary of State's Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* The following amended and repealed DCYF rules are effective November 01, 2011. Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the amended and repealed DCYF rules. These rules are also accessible through the Secretary of State's Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* The following new, amended and repealed DCYF rules are effective October 20, 2011. These rules were advertised for promulgation in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act (Title 42, Chapter 35 of the Rhode Island General Laws). Please refer to the Interested Parties Memo for additional information. You may click this link to see the new, amended and repealed DCYF rules. These rules are also accessible through the Secretary of State's Rules and Regulations Search Interface http://www.sec.state.ri.us/ProposedRules/.

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* The following Emergency Rule - Clearance of Agency Activity has been filed with the Secretary of State and will remain in force for 120 days. Click this link to view the DCYF Clearance Request-Results - Facility (DCYF-035A) form.

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