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New UHIP Seems to Undermine Court Ordered Benefits for DD Population

Thu,12/29/2016 - 10:03am

Andrew Whalen, a 31 year-old Rhode Islander on the autism spectrum, applied for support services in the wake of his mother’s death in January. He’s still waiting to hear whether he is eligible.

When a psychologist interviewed him Nov. 16, she said the state’s Division of Developmental Disabilities was backed up addressing cases involved in a federal consent decree and that his application was “not an emergency,” Whalen said.

Last week, one of his sisters took him to the Department of Human Services (DHS) to check on the separate application he filed two months ago for food stamps. He said he learned that the state’s new $364 million computer system had deleted his records and the only way he could remedy the problem was to file for benefits all over again.