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DSS Issues Emergency Rules to Ensure Safety of Children
December 30, 2009
12.30.09 - As part of its continued efforts to ensure the safety of children, the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) announced that a set of emergency rules allowing the State Central Registry to be used to screen employees and potential employees of the agency and DSS-licensed facilities will go into effect on January 1, 2010. The State Central Registry is a database maintained by DSS of all investigations of child abuse and neglect.
DSS Announces Mid-Year Budget Reductions
December 28, 2009
12.28.09 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services today, in response to Executive Order BJ 2009-21, announced that it was reducing its spending of state general funds by $14.1 million, while at the same time ensuring that certain core areas - such as ensuring children are safe - will be protected from budget reductions.
RESCHEDULED: DSS Best Practices December Web Cast Postponed to January
December 08, 2009
12.08.09 - The Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Web cast originally scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, December 9, has been rescheduled until January. The speaker, Dr. Katherine Magnuson, is unable to participate in tomorrow's presentation because of severe weather in the Midwest.
Two Plead Guilty, Sentenced in Food Stamp Fraud Cases
December 07, 2009
12.07.09 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) announced today that two Louisiana residents have been sentenced after pleading guilty to illegally obtaining thousands of dollars in food stamp assistance benefits by concealing household income and providing false application information.
DSS to Host Monthly Web Cast Wednesday, December 9
December 03, 2009
12.03.09 - The Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) will host a Web cast Wednesday, December 9, focused on Best Practices in Early Childhood Programs. It is the fourth in a series of monthly Web casts and part of the agency's efforts to foster leadership and innovation in social service delivery, increase savings and efficiencies and improve client outcomes.
DSS Plans to Open Child Care Assistance Program to Military Child Care Centers
December 03, 2009
12.03.09 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) is moving to help the state's low-income military families afford child care on military bases located in the state. The agency has issued a Notice of Intent to create a new Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provider type, Class M, that would allow child care centers licensed by the Department of Defense (DOD) to become eligible for CCAP funding, along with all eligible children who attend that center.
Three Quarters of Eligible Louisianians Receiving Food Stamps
November 25, 2009
11.25.09 - As Americans prepare to spend time around the dinner table with family this Thanksgiving holiday, a federal report shows that that Louisiana ranks among the top 12 states in enrolling eligible households into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program.
Vivian Woman Pleads Guilty, Sentenced in Food Stamp and Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program Fraud Case
November 20, 2009
11.20.09 - A 33-year-old Vivian woman recently was sentenced after pleading guilty on November 16, 2009, to charges of illegally obtaining $5,135.00 in Food Stamp Program benefits and $1,040.00 in Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) benefits.
State Agencies Take Steps toward a Coordinated System of Care for Children with Behavioral Health Needs
November 19, 2009
11.19.09 - As part of Governor Bobby Jindal's strategy to reform the health delivery system to improve coordination of care, measurably improve outcomes and reduce costs to taxpayers, four state agencies met today with a Stakeholder Committee to discuss implementing a coordinated system of care for children with behavioral health needs.
14 Defendants Indicted in Food Stamp Fraud Case
November 16, 2009
11.16.09 - Initial arrests were made today in the cases of 14 current and former state employees recently indicted as a result of a year-long joint investigation by the Baton Rouge Office of the United States Secret Service and the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services’ (DSS) Fraud and Recovery Section into fraudulent activity during the Disaster Food Stamp Program in St. Mary Parish.
DSS Web Cast Next Wednesday to Focus on Child Welfare Best Practices
November 12, 2009
11.12.09 - The Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) will host a Web cast Wednesday, November 18, focused on Best Practices in Child Welfare. It is the third in a series of monthly Web casts and part of the agency's efforts to foster leadership and innovation in social service delivery, increase savings and efficiencies and improve client outcomes.
Residents Encouraged to Pre-Apply for Disaster Food Stamps in Preparation for Hurricane Ida
November 09, 2009
11.09.09 - With Hurricane Ida expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico later today, Department of Children & Family Services Secretary (DSS) Kristy Nichols today encouraged residents to pre-apply online or by phone for Disaster Food Stamps to prepare for a possible impact by the storm, as well as save time, and avoid long waits in the event of a disaster.