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3/4/2024 Media Advisory: House Health, Human Services committee to hear DCYF bills
STATE HOUSE – The House Health and Human Services Committee will meet tomorrow for hearings on numerous bills, including several aimed at improving services at the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

The meeting is scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5, at the rise of the House session (sometime after 4:30 p.m.) in Room 101 on the first floor of the State House.

The committee is scheduled to vote on:
  • 2024-H 7362 — Sponsored by Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter), this bill would establish general caseload limits for DCYF workers similar to those in the Council on Accreditation standards.
  • 2024-H 7823 — Also sponsored by Representative Casimiro, this bill would require DCYF to conduct periodic needs assessments to determine whether its programs and services meet the needs of children and families.
  • 2024-H 7824 — This bill sponsored by Rep. Thomas E. Noret (D-Dist. 25, Coventry, West Warwick) would require DCYF to place a locked suggestion box in its facilities and create a secure digital portal through which concerns and comments can be submitted to be addressed by the Child Advocate.
  • 2024-H 2040 – Sponsored by Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly), this bill would require the Division of Motor Vehicles to establish a “blue envelope” program to enhance communication between police and drivers with autism.
The meeting will be televised on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox channel 61, on i3Broadband channel 15 and on Verizon channel 34. It will be live streamed at

Testimony will be accepted in person or in writing via email to Written testimony must include a name and any applicable organization, the bill number(s) and viewpoint (for/against/neither). It will be considered a public document.

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923