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16 Arrested in St. Tammany Parish Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefit Fraud Cases 04.19.11 - A joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office led to the arrest last week of 16 individuals accused of defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) and other federal assistance programs of approximately $200,000. Governor Jindal Announces New "Coordinated System of Care" to Streamline State Services & Help Louisiana's At-Risk Youth 03.03.11 - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal was joined by education, health care and child services stakeholders to announce an Executive Order making Louisiana one of the first states in the nation to formally bring together the leadership of all four child-serving agencies - the Office of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Education - to form a statewide Coordinated System of Care for youth with significant behavioral health needs.
DCFS Bucks National Trend By Setting Child Support Collections Record for Third Year 02.25.11- The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) set a record for the third consecutive year when it comes to collecting child support payments - more than $365 million was collected for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2010, which is up from more than $354 million collected in FFY 2009. Louisiana's Neighborhood Place welcomes the Mahalia Jackson Center in New Orleans 02.14.11 - Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Secretary Ruth Johnson today joined other state and local officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official grand opening of Mahalia Jackson Center in New Orleans, Louisiana's first urban Neighborhood Place.
DCFS Regional Administrator Returns from Military Service in Iraq to Serve Louisiana Children and Families 01.21.11 - After serving for nine months as Louisiana Army National Guard's Logistical Civil Augmentation Program Manager at Camp Victory in Bagdad, Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Lillian Smith returned this week to her job at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in a different role - as the new Regional Administrator in Alexandria. DCFS Increases Access for Clients through 150 Community Partners Statewide 01.20.11 - Louisiana residents now have more than 150 news ways to access DCFS services. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today announced that it has 167 community partners now operating statewide, allowing the agency to increase its reach while reducing its physical footprint.
State of Louisiana Brings Critical Oil Spill Claims Issues to GCCF 11.05.10 - The state of Louisiana, with input from the 10 technical assistance providers who have been assisting impacted individuals and businesses in communities across South Louisiana to navigate the claims process for months, today said that payment of emergency oil claims are being bogged down in red tape and lack transparency. The state and its partners called on independent Claims Administrator Kenneth Feinberg to make critical changes immediately to speed the process. DCFS Kicks Off Adoption Month with Celebration at Governor's Mansion 11.05.10 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) celebrated the record 640 Louisiana children who were adopted by 461 families over the past year at the 12th Annual Adoption Celebration at the Governor's Mansion on Friday afternoon.
DCFS Secretary Wins Twitter Race Against DHH Secretary 11.01.10 - Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Secretary Ruth Johnson emerged as the winner today in the first Twitter competition between state officials. DCFS Continues Streamlining Efforts, Increases Productivity; To Reduce State Spending by $11.7 million 10.22.10 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today announced that it is leveraging and utilizing federal and state funds more efficiently, streamlining services and increasing productivity in order to reduce spending of state general funds by $11.7 million as a result of the FY 10 state budget shortfall.
State urges oil spill claimants to provide documentation to GCCF 10.18.10 - The state of Louisiana said today that based on information provided by Claims Adjuster Kenneth Feinberg, nearly half of the Louisianians who have filed a claim with the independent Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) must provide additional information before any emergency or final payments. The state has established a toll free phone number to assist the nearly 28,000 claimants who need assistance preparing the needed information or documentation to the GCCF, or the countless others who have yet to file a claim. Newborn safely relinquished through Safe Haven law 10.07.10 - The Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) announced today that a 2 week old male was safely relinquished through Louisiana's Safe Haven law last month at a Baton Rouge area hospital. The baby is the thirteenth child relinquished in the state utilizing the Safe Haven law since 2004 and the first handed over in the Baton Rouge area.
DCFS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Receives $1.4 Million Bonus Award for Outstanding, Timely Customer Service 09.24.10- The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) has received a $1.4 million bonus award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for outstanding and timely customer service in providing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps. DCFS Secretary Ruth Johnson challenges DHH Secretary to Twitter competition 09.23.10- In what is deemed as the first Twitter challenge among state officials, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Secretary Ruth Johnson today challenged Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Bruce Greenstein to a race for "followers" by November 1, 2010.
DCFS Awarded $1 Million for Increasing Adoptions of Children in Foster Care 09.17.10 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) has been awarded more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for increasing the number children in the state's foster care system that were placed into permanent adoptive homes.  


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