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DSS Interim Secretary Announces Three Appointments: Executive Counsel, Communications Director, Legislative Director 10.24.08 - Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) Interim Secretary Kristy Nichols today announced three key appointments in the Office of the Secretary: Amy Colby as executive counsel, Trey Williams as communications director and strategic advisor, and Courtney Baker as legislative director. USDA Approves DSS for Extra Month DFSP Benefits in Seven Parishes 10.2208 - While the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DSS) received confirmation today that seven parishes -- Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Vermilion -- have been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a second month of disaster food stamps, Interim Secretary Kristy Nichols said that DSS will continue to push the federal government to qualify those remaining parishes most in need that were affected by Hurricane Ike.
Job Fair for those with Disabilities Slated for Baton Rouge Wednesday 10.21.08 - As part of National Disability Awareness Month, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services will help host a job fair in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Oct. 22 to help bridge the needs of the business community with the employment needs of citizens with disabilities who are job ready and looking for work. The event will be at Louisiana Technical College, 3250 N. Acadian Thruway from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. DSS Invests Federal Award to Replace Outdated DFSP Technology 10.17.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services today announced it will upgrade its Disaster Food Stamp technology system by dedicating $1 million in bonus money received from a federal award in the regular Food Stamp program.
Job Fair for those with Disabilities Slated for West Monroe on Wednesday 10.14.08 - As part of National Disability Awareness Month, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services will help host a job fair in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Oct. 22 to help bridge the needs of the business community with the employment needs of citizens with disabilities who are jobready and looking for work. The event will be at Louisiana Technical College, 3250 N. Acadian Thruway from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. DSS Sets Record in Child Support Collections During FFY 2008 10.10.08 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services set a new record by collecting more than $346 million in child support payments during the Federal Fiscal Year that ended Sept. 30.
DSS Releases Short-Term Sheltering Plan 10.09.08 - Department of Children & Family Services Interim Secretary Kristy Nichols today released the agency's short-term sheltering plan to address problems encountered during evacuation and sheltering operations in response to Hurricane Gustav. DSS Announces Final Tallies for Disaster Food Stamp Program 10.06.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services today released final figures for the Disaster Food Stamp Program which ended last week. During the more than three week period 609,595 households were approved for DFSP benefits. That represents 1,531,738 people who received $208,474,969 in benefits as a result of hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Benefits were denied to 38,475 applicants.
Disaster Food Stamp Program to End Tomorrow 10.01.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services will end all Disaster Food Stamp operations tomorrow October 2nd. To date, DSS has processed more than 604,221 applications, providing more than $200,623,450.52 in benefits to 568,957 Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. The program, which began September 9th in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav, has served to help millions of Louisiana residents recover from losses suffered during that storm and again during Hurricane Ike just one week later. Governor Proclaims October as Disability Awareness Month 10.01.08 - Recognizing the importance of educating children, families and communities about disability issues, Governor Bobby Jindal has proclaimed October as Disability Awareness Month in Louisiana. Throughout the month several events, including job fairs around the state, are scheduled to recognize the abilities of citizens with special needs.
DSS Announces Appointment of New Undersecretary 10.01.08 - Interim Secretary for the Department of Children & Family Services Kristy Nichols has appointed Ruth Johnson as Undersecretary for the Office of Management and Finance. DSS Announces Regular Food Stamp Recipients Receive Cost of Living Adjustment 09.30.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services, Office of Family Support, today announced that participants in the regular Food Stamp Program will receive a raise in their benefits. Effective October 2008, eligibility and benefit amounts will increase in accordance with limits set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Thrifty Food Plan and the Gross and Net Income Limits. The Thrifty Food Plan is a federal estimate of how much it costs to provide nutritious, low-cost meals. It is adjusted annually based on food prices. Annual adjustments to the income eligibility standards are based on federal poverty levels.
DSS/OCS Receives National Recognition for LIFTS Initiatives 09.30.08 - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services, Office of Community Services is receiving the 2008 Kaleidoscope Award from the Family Preservation Institute for its innovative LIFTS (Leading Innovations for Family Transformation and Safety) program. OCS is the first child welfare agency in the nation to receive this national recognition. DSS Successfully Recoups Most Duplicate Payments Made To Some Regular Food Stamp Recipients 09.30.08 - The Department of Children & Family Services has recovered $57,098 from the electronic benefit cards of 533 regular food stamp recipients in eight parishes who received duplicate benefits last week because of a computer system error.
DSS Announces Technology Partnership With Florida 09.26.08 - Department of Children & Family Services Secretary Kristy Nichols joined representatives from Florida and J.P. Morgan to announce the first ever technology partnership between two states to issue Disaster Food Stamps. Secretary Nichols approached Florida officials with the idea to create a backup to Louisiana’s system, which experienced difficulties with the high number of applications from residents affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. So far, more than 574,000 applications have been taken in Louisiana.  


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