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DSS Announces New Model for Service Delivery 04.16.10 - Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Secretary Kristy Nichols today announced a plan to implement a new model of service delivery, which will no longer require clients to visit a physical office location to apply or receive information about DSS services. Department of Children & Family Services' Safe Haven Campaign Wins Bronze Telly Award 04.16.10 - A public service campaign television spot produced by the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) to spread awareness of Louisiana's Safe Haven law has been awarded a national bronze 2010 Telly Award, the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs.
Legislative Package Aims to Reorganize DSS, Improve Services and Increase Child Support Collections 04.05.10 - Reorganization, service delivery improvements and increased child support collections are the main focus of 15 bills that make up the Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Legislative Package, which Louisiana lawmakers will consider during the 2010 legislative session. DSS Secretary Holds Successful Open Line Meeting 03.25.10 - A virtual meeting to connect DSS employees and stakeholders with Secretary Kristy Nichols is now available to be viewed online. During the meeting, Nichols discussed changes underway for DSS, including the agency reorganization, the legislative session that starts Monday and the DSS budget. Nichols also fielded real time questions from staff and stakeholders.
Parent Arrested After Dog Attacks Foster Care Worker 03.23.10 - Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Secretary Kristy Nichols said today that the parent of a foster child was arrested following an incident in Ouachita Parish yesterday in which a foster care worker sustained multiple injuries after being attacked by a dog during a visit to the parent's home. Nichols said this incident underscores the dangers workers face on a daily basis in ensuring the safety of children across our state and encouraged local law enforcement to prosecute the incident using a law passed in 2005 that protects child welfare workers. DSS Extends Nominations for Fellowship Program Until February 17 02.04.10 - Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Secretary Kristy Nichols today announced an extension until February 17 for nominations to be submitted for the second class of the agency's Innovation in Louisiana Government Fellowship, designed to develop leadership and foster innovation in social service delivery.
DSS Sets Record for Second Year in Row for Child Support Collections 01.29.10 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) set a record for the second year in a row when it comes to collecting child support payments -- more than $354 million for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2009, which is up from more than $346 million collected in FFY 2008. DSS Continues to Implement Streamlining Recommendations 01.14.10 - Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Secretary Kristy Nichols today said that DSS is continuing to take steps to implement recommendations by the Commission on Streamlining Government designed to streamline the agency, produce cost savings and increase efficiencies.
DSS Issues Emergency Rules to Ensure Safety of Children 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.  


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